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Felting Wool Sweaters (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 11/8/07 12:36 PM
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I am an avid thrift store shopper. One of my favorite pastimes while perusing other people's cast-offs is envisioning what it "might be" if given a second and very different life.

I am particularly fond of vintage sweaters. When I came across a charming vintage wool sweater with an iceskater motif, I thought it would make a charming winter pillow. I was going to create a pillow of it as is, but thought it would be even more fun if I felted it first. I have since gone on to felt numerous wool sweaters in order to use the felted wool as embellishments on a variety of projects.

Here is the technique I use for felting wool garments...

1)Remove buttons, zippers and other hardware.

2)Cut apart the garment along seam lines so that you have two flat sleeves, a back and front. Leave on the ribbings where possible because they are sometimes interesting to incorporate in projects still attached (such as using a ribbed hem at the top of a christmas stocking).

3) Wash the pieces in your washing machines hottest water cycle. Tumble dry on hottest setting.

4) Repeat as desired until you have reached your desired degree of felting.

Incorporate into projects as your imagination dictates. Pieces can be cut and used without any edge finish. I use them to create pillows, sachets, brooches, fabric flowers for package toppers, purses, garment appliques, roll into buttons, etc.!

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solosmocker said...
This pillow is just lovely. Beautifully repurposed!
11/8/07 3:23 PM
Helen near Sydney said...
Hmmm, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for the heads up.
11/9/07 4:24 AM
SusanP said...
What a great idea!
11/9/07 7:53 AM
CSM--Carla said...
Charity, thank you for this information. One question please, when you cut apart a sweater, does it not unravel when you handle and wash it? I want to try this! Thank you again in advance. Carla
11/9/07 8:12 PM
CharityAK said...
I haven't had one do that, Carla. And I've done probably close to a dozen of them. If you're concerned about it, you could do the first wash with the sweater intact, then cut it apart and do it again.
11/9/07 11:28 PM
gmcsewer said...
I would be interested in comparing projects for felted wool. I am using it for quilting, vests, coats, pincushions.
2/16/08 10:20 AM

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