[HNW] wool cap refuses to felt
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Tue Apr 12 09:52:36 PDT 2005
A wire brush is also helpful in felting.
From: Sue Clemenger <mooncat at in-tch.com>
Soap and agitation (rubbing with your hands, or throwing it into a
washing machine with a couple of towels or a pair of jeans or something).
The "shrinking knitting to felt something" instructions I've gathered
all use a combination of hot water, soap, and the agitation. I've
noticed that different weights of wool felt at different rates,
though...I made one purse (for a friend) from Lambs' Pride Bulky (bought
bulky yarn by mistake), and it took 5 or 6 runs through the washing
machine before it was more or less felted. An otherwise identical
purse, but made with Lambs' Pride Worsted, felted solid in 3 washes.
I've also heard that some colors don't felt as well as others. And I've
heard that the initial piece of weaving or knitting actually needs to be
fairly open, to allow the fibers to move and mat, I guess. The
worsted-weight purse was done on size 10 needles, and it felted solid.
You can still sort of *feel* that there's a structure under the fuzz,
but just looking at it, it looks like solid felt about 1/3 to 1/2 of an
You can also do it by hand, with smaller items. When testing my
swatches for my felted flat cap, I used a combination of lots of Dawn
dish soap, very hot water (kept in a suitable pot on the stove), and
very cold water (running in the sink next to the stove). I'd plunge the
sample into the hot water, let it sit for a minute, snag it out, get it
good and soapy, rub and scrub it a little, and rinse in the cold water,
while continuing to rub. Then back into the hot water, and repeat. It
seems to be the combination of agitation, soap, and hot/cold shocks that
work, and it only took a few minutes before my samples were
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