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Hand Felting Flowers

The top is felted the bottom isnt. They were both identical before the top was felted

Hello Everyone!

Today I thought I would show you how to felt your projects without having to use a Washing Machine

You don't need to use the same pattern as me in fact you can felt anything that is made of wool. However if it's only 20 wool it won't work very much. Check your label and make sure your yarn is manly wool.

I used my latest flower pattern I also have Chiq Simple FlowerLoopy /Chain flower or use your favorite one!!!

Here is a Picture of the flower Before I felted it
Notice the texture and how you can see the stitches.

Notice how much the texture has changed? It's very soft. See how its hard to define the stitches? You can felt it to the point of not being able to define them at all.

Felting occurs when something of manly wool (ever  notice how must wool items say not to wash) Is heated and agitated . You can do this using your washing Machine set on high heat and low water (put in a pillow case so the fluff doesn't get stuck in your washing machine) You can also do this in your sink or over a bowl of hot ( as hot as your hands can handle) soapy water.)  If yo are using a light colored item use a dye free soap. I used a little hand soap from my bathroom and it worked just fine.

Thoroughly wet you item and rub it together over and over again. You will begin to notice it getting fuzzy and the stitches will become less and less noticeable. There is also shrinkage ( because you are compressing the yarn and making it more like a fabric)  I did this for about 15 minutes for the photo above.  Lay the item flat shape is necessary and allow to dry. Think blocking, if your item is like a hat or round bag find something to put in it to help keep its shape. If its a complex flower consider pinning it and allowing it to dry.

Knowing about shrinkage is important for when you are doing bigger project because it is more noticeable. Also if you plan on making a felted bag or hat a good rule of thumb is to make it a 1/3 bigger then what you want it to be to allow for said shrinkage. Play around with it.

I't is important to know that different brands and even colors with in the same brand will felt differently. Sometimes whites are known to be harder to work with and get felted.

What are you going to felt?
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