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  • Wool felting

    Not sure if this is th correct forum to post in but it will be moved if not!! I saw some beautiful scarves the other day that had been made from wool felt. I just want to know how to go about making it. I know that you need wool jumpers but do they need to be 100% wool or will a mixture of wool work? Also, what temperature is best to wash the jumpers at so that they shrink to the right size/gauge to be used?
    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    Lynsey
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  • #2
    Whenever I've made felt, I've used raw wool which I dye using vegetable materials. I use boiling water, fairy liquid and a rolling pin on the draining board. You can get much more delicate weights of "fabric" if you do it this wayand you have better control over the the patterns etc. The only downside is that it's quite hard work.

    Jane
    100% wool but you can add interesting bits afterwards or anchor them in during the felting process.

    Jane
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    • #3
      Thanks! I want to try it with jumpers first before I go out and buy lots of equipment and then find out I didn't like it!!
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      • #4
        Depending on the quality of your wool stock, you'd only need a fine dog grooming comb, a couple of long tea-towels and rolling pin You can manage without carders or carding machine.

        I've never tried felting jumpers. If you use the washing machine then you'll need a good hot wash temperature. I can't help with shrinkage I imagine it depends on how tightly the jumper is knitted and whether it's already suffered shrinkage of some sort already.

        I'd be very interested to see your results

        Jane
        For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
        With ribbons and bibbons on every side

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        • #5
          I will post a picture when I've made something (you'll be waiting a while though!) and once I've figured out how to post pictures!
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          • #6
            It's a good time of year for making scarves. I might try it myself since you mentioned it.

            Jane
            For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
            With ribbons and bibbons on every side

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            • #7
              Cool - piccies please when you're done!
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              • #8
                if you're felting jumpers they need to be HANDWASH. machine washable just doesnt work. make sure they have a high % of wool. angora's the best but not that cheap! acrylic wool's no good, it needs to be real wool. wash on your highest temp setting on the machine. there's no way to control the size of the finished piece as every jumper ends up different. good luck!
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                • #9
                  I had a look in the charity shops but nothing doing! I'm going to rummage through my yarn box for inspiration!

                  Jane
                  For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
                  With ribbons and bibbons on every side

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                  • #10
                    the right kind of jumpers in charity shops are few and far between. charity shops aren't the cheap places they used to be - gone are the days of clothes for 50p
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                    • #11
                      They're not too bad round here but the number of pure wool ones is probably less than in Cheltenham. I did pick up a couple of plain ones which I thought I might felt and cut squares from to make a blanket type thing from. They'll probably only gather dust

                      Jane
                      For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
                      With ribbons and bibbons on every side

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jane_Russell View Post
                        They're not too bad round here but the number of pure wool ones is probably less than in Cheltenham. I did pick up a couple of plain ones which I thought I might felt and cut squares from to make a blanket type thing from. They'll probably only gather dust

                        Jane
                        Put them in the washing machine and get them felted, lady! lol!! Then that's at least a step in the right direction
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                        • #13
                          Jumble sales are great!! I go to an annual one where on the last day you can fill a black bag for £2!! Going to hopefully get lots of jumpers there as there is always loads of stuff left at the end!
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                          • #14
                            Am I right in thinking that when wool is felted properly, it shouldn't fray when cut? Going to felt some jumpers today!!
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                            • #15
                              You are right. The felting process fuses the wool. You may get a bit of light fuzziness on the edges though. Depending on your design, you could always run a decorative blanket stitch along edges that might get a lot of wear. Looking forward to seeing what you felt.

                              Jane
                              For his hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
                              With ribbons and bibbons on every side

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