Learn all about felting
DISCOVER HOW TO MAKE GORGEOUS ITEMS VIA WASHING!
Felting is an ancient way of creating fabric and many of us discover it by accident when washing a woollen make on the wrong setting! Too hot or too vigorous a wash and a man-size jumper can shrink to child size. But as crocheters, we can harness wool’s eagerness to felt to create items such as slippers, bags and bowls, all benefitting from the dense, warm, and hard-wearing qualities of felt.
Just crochet your item using 100% wool yarn, then wash it in hot water with soap and some agitation – the fibres will magically mat together into felt and the item will shrink. Want to know the science behind this? The wool fibres in your yarn have cuticles running along the length, which open up when they are placed in hot water. Soap adds lubrication, allowing the fibres to run over each other more easily, while the agitation encourages the fibres to get closer and mat together.
This process is more accurately called fulling, but felting is the umbrella term that tends to be used. Read on and we’ll explain exactly what to do to start your own felting journey.
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