Originally Posted by jberry16
guess we learn something new every day, huh?!
Don't feel bad! I just learned this excellent felted join technique a couple years ago. I think I heard about it at Knitter's Review. I learned how to do it from some excellent diagrams.
Then I saw Amy's video!
I can't remember what Amy does exactly, but I split the ends of the old and new yarn (like a snake's forked tongue)...wet both ends good, and then twist end A of new yarn
around end A of old yarn
...and at the same time, twist end B of new yarn
around end B of old yarn.
Then when they are twirled around each other for one or two turns, I felt them in the palms of my hands. The 'twist' is kinda like how ivy climbs a branch. Can you visualize that? It twists or wraps itself clockwise around the branch or tree. That is what you want your ends A
to look like before felting. But just a twist or two is all that's necessary. (BTW: I split the yarn down about an inch...the snake's forks are no more than 3/4"-1")
To accomplish the 'twist'...I just lay one yarn end over the other one, and use a tapesty needle to coax them to wrap their arms around each other.
Does this make sense?
I don't simply lay each end of the old and new yarns side-by-side in my palms. I also do that preliminary "splice". Then the rapid palm felting maneuver.
This doesn't work on cotton or acrylics. Mostly just wool or wool blends. But when you can use it, you will never waste another inch of yarn again, and no more weaving ends!