I Am Now Convinced

Felt has a mind of its own. That’s the only explanation.

Felted Circle

Felted Circle

When you felt something it’s supposed to shrink, right? Well, how do you explain this crocheted woolen circle starting out at twelve and a half inches in diameter, and winding up at fifteen inches in diameter? It’s crazy! My first time felting and the thing got bigger. I dunked it in hot water, rubbed, cold water, rubbed, and repeated several times. I mangled it to within an inch of its wooly life! It must have felted (or fulled) somewhat because it’s stiffer and fuzzier than it was . . . Am I doing something wrong, or does the word “felt” mean that the wool can do whatever it feels like doing?

Anyway, it was supposed to be become a Half-Moon bag. (A bag that’s shaped like a half moon.) You stitch part way up both sides and leave the top open, or put in a zipper. I ran out of yarn before I got to the handle. (Silly me, I figured, since felt was supposed to shrink, that I would need all the yarn in the body of the bag to keep it a decent size.) I’ll have to dig something up for a nice long strap. Hopefully the bag will be sturdy enough to store drop spindles in. I crocheted this out of that sherbet-looking yarn that I spun from the stuff I got at the craft show.

Half Moon Circle

Half Moon Circle

4 Responses to I Am Now Convinced
  1. Deborah
    November 6, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    After you soaked, scrubbed (and basically bullied your yarn), did you throw it in the dryer to dry? Put it wet into a pillow case or net bag so that it stays together, put a dryer sheet in with it and dry it on the hot setting!

    It is beautiful in color and shape though! use it as a doily on the center of the table with flowers in a vase!!!

  2. Mama Mentor
    November 7, 2008 | 12:22 am

    Well, I’ve always felted in the washing machine. I put the item in a zippered mesh bag and then put it in the washing machine with some towels and run the “heavy-duty” cycle with hot water. Then, when the cycle is almost ready to “spin,” I turn the dial back and have it go through another agitation cycle. Then I take it out, rinse it in cool water, and have a look at it. If I want it smaller/thicker/stiffer, back it goes for another round in the washing machine. When I’ve got what I want, I rinse again, gently press out as much water as I can, and “form” the felt and leave it to dry–which can take up to a week, depending on what it is! Feel free to ask if you have any questions that I could answer. I’ve actually done quite a bit of felting. I love it. It’s like a magic trick!

  3. Rebekah
    November 7, 2008 | 9:39 am

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll try slinging it into the washing machine and dryer. Now, if I can just find a zippered mesh bag. . . maybe I’d better use an old pillowcase. They’re a little more common around here.

  4. Sarah
    November 20, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    It got bigger? Strange… The colors are pretty, though!

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