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« on: July 14, 2004 11:35:45 AM »

Hi there!

I have some mohair that is 72% mohair, 20% wool, and 8% viscose. I would love to make something felted out of it. Just wondering if anyone ever felted with this before. I know viscose is not an animal fiber, but I read in "knit one felt too" that you could use a blend if the nonanimal fiber was a small percentage.

I guess I could knit a swatch but i wanted to get some input first  Wink



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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2004 01:52:31 PM »

Well, I've felted Lambs Pride which is a blend of wool and mohair...you get a really really fuzzy look after you felt it since the mohair fibers stand out.  And since there's such a small amount of viscose, I don't think it'll matter much.  So yeah, I think it could work  Smiley

« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2004 08:25:30 AM »

Swatching will tell you for sure.  Remember to use a non-felting yarn, like cotton, in a contrasting colour to mark a measured square on your swatch.  Re-measuring the square after felting and comparing it with the pre-felting dimensions works bettern than just measuring your swatch, the edges of which may become distorted during felting.

My first felting project was made of lopi with a strand of mohair that contained a little bit of nylon.  The fabric felted beautifully, and the mohair gave it a nice fuzzy halo, BUT the nylon content prevented it from shrinking as much as I wanted it to.  This would have been fine if the project had been a bag, but it was a pair of slippers.  In the end, they looked like lovely, fuzzy, cozy clown shoes.

In short, only animal fibres will felt. Viscose (rayon) is a cellulose fibre derived from plant material.  It won't felt.  While the other fibres will felt nicely, at some point the rayon will arrest the progress.  Which brings us back to the swatch - it's the only way to know how much.
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