How do I brush the fab­ric?

Take it slowly and en­joy the magic of brush­ing

Simply Crochet - - WORKSHOP -

Once you’ve made some swatches, you’ll be ready for the fun bit – brush­ing! First of all, you need a brush. It doesn’t have to be a spe­cial brush, but it needs to have fairly fine, stiff, short bris­tles with pointed rather than rounded tips. We used the shorter bris­tles on one side of a nail brush, which cost 60p. If you have a brush you think might work but you’re not sure, just give it a try and see what hap­pens. You can al­ways make an­other swatch and try a dif­fer­ent brush af­ter­wards.

Step 1 Place your swatch and brush on a firm work sur­face. Hold the swatch in place firmly.

Step 2 Take your brush and po­si­tion the front bris­tles in the place where you want to brush.

Step 3 Move the brush across the fab­ric in short, sweep­ing mo­tions – you need to brush firmly enough to draw out the fi­bres of the stitches, but gently enough that you don’t just pull the stitches and dis­tort them. Hold­ing the fab­ric firmly should help with this, and us­ing a nail brush is good be­cause the bris­tles aren’t too stiff, so the ef­fect is fairly gen­tle and grad­ual.

Step 4 Brush the fab­ric just a lit­tle for a sub­tle fuzz. For an even ef­fect, try brush­ing one row of stitches at a time.

Step 5 Brush the fab­ric for longer to get a fuzzier finish. Keep brush­ing un­til the fab­ric is as fluffy as you want it to be. If you cre­ate too much fuzz, trim it back with scis­sors.

Step 6 It’s nor­mal for your brush to have some fi­bres stuck in its bris­tles, espe­cially with a wool yarn, but it’s best to brush the fab­ric slowly so you can be sure that you’re not pulling out too many fi­bres. Turn over the page to see how brush­ing dif­fer­ent yarns re­sults in dif­fer­ent fur ef­fects.

Tip If you’re not get­ting the re­sult you want, even when you’re brush­ing a lot, ex­per­i­ment with a dif­fer­ent yarn.

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