Saturday, January 03, 2009

Felting question

Wait!  So when you felt, you put the yarn in the washer in hot water, but do you also pop it in the dryer? I don't want to screw up the yarn!

Thank you all so very, very much!

x Caroline


Blogger Chris said...

Temperature changes/shock + agitation give you felting. Beware the spin cycles - they can leave semi-permanent creases.

I usually do a hot wash, then pull out the felted item during spin cycles and run it under cold water in the laundry sink to shock it more.

I recommend using a zippered pillowcase to contain the possibly washing machine killing fuzz. Also, throw in something like old jeans to increase the agitation - but not towels, because stray fuzz can leave a permanent coating on your towels!

I tend to NOT put things in the dryer, because that big drop from the top to the bottom of the dryer during each spin of the drum can leave nasty creases.

6:09 PM  
Blogger JellyDonut said...

I never dry my felted pieces in the dryer. I like to air dry them because I shape them around something of a corresponding size and shape. As Chris mentioned, the zippered pillow case is a must. Paying somebody to fix your washer because it's clogged with yarn fuzz would not be fun. You can also throw in old tennis balls for more agitation action. I love felting! You just have to be brave and patient. Go for it!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Rooie said...

Hmmm...I think that for the Vintage Velvet Scarf in Scarf Style...wait, it's right here beside me.... Here are the instructions:

"Touch Me projects lose about 10% of their original size in the final process. I recommend the following general guidelines. Place scarf in a lingerie bag, or other washing bag, then place in washing machine with some old t-shirts of an old sheet....Set the machine for a hot wash (yes, that's right - hot), add a small amount of mild detergent, and run through a full cycle. Place scarf in the dryer and dry until it is still damp to the touch. Lay flat and pat into shape to finish drying."

And everyone I know who has made one said that they were sure they had ruined the piece when they took it out of the washer. But it bloomed in the dryer.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Oh thank you! This makes me feel less anxious about doing it!

12:28 PM  

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