Tuesday, August 08, 2006
However, some colors in Lambs Pride Bulky just won't felt. I tried to felt a yellow and white backpack without success (ran it through over & over). Someone suggested that it's because the wool had been bleached first & wouldn't felt.
I put my project in a zippable pillowcase to prevent the fuzzies from clogging my washer. Sometimes I'll throw a pair of my Reef flip flops in it for extra agitation.
It's true about whites and light colors - the bleaching process strips the fibers of the little microscopic "scales" that catch onto each other in order to make it felt. That said, I've made bleached fibers felt well enough as long as there's only a little bit of them, mixed up between stripes of feltable colors.
Also, if you're stuck with laundromat felting, I found that my really stubborn felting job got done only when I put a bunch of sodding wet sweaters in a commercial dryer, on the hottest setting for more than an hour. That did it fabulously! I blogged the whole story here: http://aastrikke.blogspot.com/2006/07/seriously-good-luck_27.html (scroll down to the second part of the post).
Best of luck!
Have you ever seen the dryer balls at Bed Bath & Beyond or Linens & Things? They're spiky balls that you throw into the dryer instead of using fabric softener sheets. I'm wondering if I could throw them into the washer, and if they would help with felting...
You can check them out here:
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