Felting for Fun and Fashion

Felting has become a popular crafting frenzy for knitters. It’s simple to see why. You can use old knitted clothing and turn it into new fashion. It’s simple to do and if you don’t mind sewing your felted fabric, there is no limit to what you might make.

Felting is simply taking wool knitted fabric and applying water and pressure to create an entirely new product.

The Green Queen has even felted material without meaning to do it. If you throw a wool sweater, socks or even gloves in the washing machine and then into the dryer – wah-lah you’ve probably felted that article of clothing. But, you might have shrunk it at the same time rendering it entirely unwearable.

The process to use where you have more control is to felt the fabric slowly. Put the fabric in the washing machine and keep an eye on it, checking every five minutes or so to see how the process is working. If the fabric seems larger at first, that’s normal, simply put the fabric back in the machine and put it on the agitation cycle again but don’t let it spin. Keep doing this process until the fabric becomes the proper tension that you want. Then rinse the material and set it on a towel to dry.

If you want to make the felted fabric into a hat, you can set the fabric over a bowl to get the fabric to dry to the correct shape and size. (Simply search for a bowl that fits your head.)

It’s simple and it’s a great way to reuse an old article of clothing that you might otherwise not have a use for.


3 thoughts on “Felting for Fun and Fashion

  1. Top loaders do a better job of felting than front loaders. One small disadvantage to them. I’ve been known to head to a laundromat when I am felting.

  2. Becky: I’ve only ever had a top loader – so guess I’m lucky 🙂 but thanks for the pointer. If you have any finished projects and want to share your pics, let me know 🙂 I’d love to see them.

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