I like Marions way of wetting the wool to tame it down.
The only wet felting I am familiar with is different than the kind of felting with needles.
I have knitted animals with pure wool mixed with mohair. The knitting is done very loosely. Then the pices are placed in the washing machine and set at the hottest setting. This shrinks and meshes the fibers to gether making a nice firm finished piece.
Maybe Neysa can add to this.
When you say dish soap do you mean what we over here call washing up liquid? Is'nt it strange how we all have different names for things?
Judi - i woud be sweating buckets watching those little pieces of knitting going around in the machine on hot wash - all that work could end up in the bin......
......might try it out one day though, sounds fun
If 'washing up liquid' is what you wash dishes with then that's it. I use a little container with a lid - it holds about 1/2 cup of water and maybe a tsp of dish soap. I don't shake it cause I don't really want it foamy.
I have seen a demo of wet felting and they use a lot of soapy water to soak the wool -quite messy! Then as I remember it was rubbed on a washboard and treated pretty roughly until it felted up.
I use a spray bottle of water.....its good for that and also keeping the cats in line... :twisted:
My female Burmese is so dumb...she never gets it.....
( SEE I CAN BE EVIL)
She gets lost, and starts complaining, she doesn't recognize that if she turned around she would see us and then not be lost anymore....
I use a spray bottle because it wont make a mess....when I tip it over.
Which I will.
Its simply a matter of time.... :wacko:
It also helps when stuffing minis with kapok.....which still manages to find more touble to get into than all the gollies put together
The only wet felting I have seen is with wool roving carefully set on plastic and covered with soap liquid then rolled alot of times in order to felt the fibres together, the technique was used to make felted scarves and it works great.
Just wondered if the wet felting technique has been used in anyway for what we do?
Hi. I thought I would share with you a few pictures of some knitted-then-wasing-machine-felted bears I made. These started out much larger before the hot water felting process. These are jointed. I wish I still had the brown bear.....think I had better make another one! The first photo makes the bear's legs look different sizes but they are actually the same.
I mixed wool with a strand of mohair wool to get this really fuzzy effect.
Judi...that's a very interesting technique. Do you knit loosely with bigger needles and then hot-water felt them? Do you follow any specific pattern? I have some patterns for knitted bears that I haven't gotten to yet but may drag them out now. I guess you would have to use wool - not synthetic yarn - for the felting effect..and I like the fuzzy mohair as well.
Yes, Marion, you have to use larger needles and knit loosely for it to felt properly. The end result is a nice thick felted piece...or in this case, pieces. It feels very substantial. You have to use a good quality wool. I have only found this kind of wool at a fine yarn shop. Graft store normally do notr carry it....but I may be wrong now....it has been quite a while sicne I have done any knitting/felting like this. ALso, be awre that some kinds of white wool will not work....something tio do with the bleaching treatment.
While you are knitting with the added atrnd of mohair it is not as fuzzy as it is after you felt it. This is so much fun to see what you can come up with.
Have fun, Marion if you try this.