I finished all 9 pairs of clogs i was making for christmas. Today was the scary day - i felted my first pair. I tried the hand method first because i have a front loading washer and CAN'T open it until the cycle is finished. So hand felting seemed appropriate. Well, 1 hour later and arms/hands so sore i could not continue - they were still not small enough. So, i put them in the dryer to see if they could shrink the rest of the way - for about 20 minutes. Nothing happened.
So, i went ahead and did it in the washer anyway on a speedwash cycle that takes 37 minutes - put them in a pillowcase and then lots of towels for friction. When it was done i opened the bag and took out the clogs - and yes they had shrunk and were the CORRECT size - yeah.
But this is my question. Has anyone else had the problem with them rolling up in a ball and getting wrinkled????? i flattened them out out and stuffed them with grocery sacks (plastic) and tried to get the wrinkles out - they look great size-wise, but i don't like the wrinkles. any suggestions??? will they go away as they dry completely - or are they permanent??? if so, what can i do so the other 8 pairs i need to felt don't get the wrinkles - since i can't open my washer to adjust things during the process. Thx for all the helpful answer in advance.