how do i felt my work?
It’s time to start getting creative!
Before you felt a fabric, always make a note of the yarn and hook you used, and its measurements. Then record exactly how you felt the fabric: the water temperature, soap used, how long it washed for, hand or machine method, etc. This is all so that you can reproduce the results another time. Now you’re ready to have some fun!
You can felt your fabric by hand or in your washing machine, so try both methods and see which one you prefer. Felting by hand will involve more time and effort but it does give you much more control over the size and texture of the resulting fabric.
To felt by hand, fill a bowl with water that’s as hot as you can stand and add a little soap, such as hand soap. Protect your hands with rubber gloves, then immerse your crochet fabric in the water. Leave it for around ten minutes for the heat to take effect and then get rubbing! Keep going until the fibres mat together and the piece is the size you want. This might take 30 minutes or more, but the key is to just be patient.
To felt in the machine, place your crochet fabric in a mesh bag or pinned-up pillowcase so it won’t escape. Place inside your machine and add a couple of old towels or a pair of jeans to increase the agitation. Set it to a 40°C wash, but without the rinse or spin. If you can, check on the progress of your piece after 10 minutes. Keep putting it back in the machine for two minutes at a time until you’re happy with the size.
Once it’s felted to your satisfaction, rinse in cold water to ‘set’ the fibres. Place onto a folded up towel and roll up to squeeze out the excess water – don’t wring or your item may become misshapen. Block the piece if needed and leave it to dry.