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Kellymike 09-16-2009 12:37 PM

Question About Felting
Hi there,

I hope this is the right place to post this. I have directions for felting an old 100% wool sweater and turning it into a cute tote bag. I've never felted before.

The directions specify that the process take place in a TOP LOADING washer. Just like that, with great emphasis on "top loading". Why would that be? I have a front loader, can I not make felt in it?

Hoping to get some input on this. Thanks!


Foxyie 09-16-2009 09:46 PM

Hi kelly

i haven't myself really felted anything but i believe that it's easier to check to see where the felting stage is in a top loader

depending the yarn and the strength of a washer, detergent, water temp.. an item can go from nice and perfectly felted to a small shrunken mess quite quickly

so opening a front loader often to check on the progress of an item may prove to be really messy

i've heard it could be done in a front loader..
i guess most wouldn't reccommend it for a first try though

i found this article about hand felting in a bucket

happy felting!

mullerslanefarm 09-17-2009 09:19 AM

One of the other reasons it is more difficult to FULL in a front loading washer is because you don't have the agitation that a top loading washer does.

Just an aside ... Felting is done with loose fibers and yarns.

If you already have a fabric made from wool (such as an old sweater or blanket), the term to shrink & bind the wool fabric is technically called Fulling not Felting.

It's no big deal what you call it ... just thought I'd add this in so you can impress your family and friends (as if they don't roll their eyes at us enough with are fiber addictions ....)

Kellymike 09-17-2009 01:38 PM

Thank you Both for the Input
Thanks! I think I'll sort through my friends and see who has a top-loader... now that I think about it, opening the front loader door is usually a risky business.:wink:

Arielluria 09-22-2009 10:54 AM

I had the same idea as you, as soon as I find a cute sweater I will do that!

I've only felted once, last week, but I think also the importance of a top loading is so you can open it during the cycle to check on your progress, and you CAN'T do that on a front loader. Apparently checking on your progress is pretty important. See my post Recommendations for First Time Felter? for some input from felters to me.

Also, next time I recommend you post something like this in the How-To Questions forum, you'll get more attention :waving:

Welcome to KH, it's wonderful here!!!!!!!!:hug:

mullerslanefarm 09-23-2009 09:45 AM

I would have never looked in the How To forum! I tend to lurk just in the spinning forum

Guess I really should expand my horizons.

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