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Old 04-28-2005, 06:52 AM   #1
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Methods of blocking felted bags
I've just finished the Booga Bag...although I changed the pattern to make it larger...it didn't shrink quite as much as I would have thought though. I did the handles as Kimmie instructed in a post last week and although they felted nicely, they seem too thin to me (opinions, please!), so I may do the regular i-cord. As far as the felting process....I use a wool wash that the lys owner sells (kind of pricey...she gave it to me to try and I've felted 3 bags with it) and add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a hot water/cold rinse in the washer....I first saturate the bag in a bucket of hot water...then put it into a zippered pillow protector and add to the washer...then stand over it for usually 20 minutes or so, being careful not to let the washer go through the spin cycle. I usually check the bag about every 5 minutes or so...then when felted to suit me, I run it through the rinse cycle, take it out and roll it in a beach towel...then the blocking (my least favorite part

My main frustration with felted handbags is trying to find containers/boxes to block them....do any of you have any tried and true methods? I've tried plastic grocery bags, boxes wrapped in plastic, ziplock containers...you name it....nothing seems to be perfect! The bottoms are flat, but the bag kind of flops on the sides...right now, I've turned the bag on its side on top of the tile countertop and thought I'd turn it on the other side after awhile!

Joyce
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