By Leigh Radford
There’s anything magical approximately felting knits: you begin with a section of material that appears and feels a definite means and, by way of exposing it to water and agitation, end with person who appears to be like and feels totally different. This interesting transformation is what led writer Leigh Radford to start felting years in the past, and has saved her intrigued by means of the method ever since.
Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the limits of conventional felting, as she did with conventional knitting in her past booklet, AlterKnits. via 30 colourful, brilliant initiatives, she indicates readers tips to knit after which felt their very own handiwork, in addition to the way to create wonderful felted items from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory bankruptcy on felting fundamentals explains every thing you must recognize to make the significant outfits, add-ons, and residential decor that follow.
The initiatives diversity from a brief and straightforward circle coin handbag, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, every one strange in its personal method, exceptional through a different floor texture, an leading edge mixture of recommendations, or a unusual mixture of yarns. AlterKnits Felt presents each crafter with the instruments to exploreand expandthe paintings of felting.
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Felt bag following instructions in Felting Basics. Loosely basting the opening closed keeps the opening from flaring during the felting process. Keep a very close eye on this section while felting—overfelting may cause it to felt together. If this area begins to felt together, gently pull the bag open. zipper Once bag is completely dry, remove cotton basting thread by gently pulling on one end. Position zipper along open top of bag and pin into place. With sewing needle and thread, baste outer edge of zipper to bag from the WS; if necessary, cut opening wider or sew a portion of it closed, allowing zipper to fit into place.
Check the water temperature, adding water from the tea kettle as needed. 4. Once your project is felted to your satisfaction, remove from the bucket and rinse with lukewarm to cool water in the sink. Roll project in a bath towel, removing excess water. Reshape project if necessary and air-dry on a sweater rack or on a folded, dry bath towel. 5. When felting is complete, pour the water in the bucket into your sink or bathtub using a sink strainer to prevent excess loose fibers from washing down your pipes.
Every project is different, but I use this as a general guideline when I’m starting something new. Felting Swatches When working with a yarn I haven’t felted before, I always begin by knitting two identical approximately 6 x 7" swatches in the stitch pattern I have planned for my project (basically, any size larger than 4" wide and tall is sufficient). If I don’t know what stitch pattern I want to use at this point, I swatch in Stockinette stitch. Following is the process I use. 1. Before felting, on a tag, record yarn name, fiber content, stitch and row gauge of swatches, and needle size used.