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Wet Felting (LOVE!!)

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OK, here is what I did yesterday:

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I made a cloth using a small amount of some sort of wool top that was laying on my carding table for the base. This was a small amount, which I spread out quite thinly. I then pulled a bit out of a silk brick I have on hand, not dyed by me- that is the blue, turquoise and orange that you see. Then I laid strands of yarn across this, as you can see. This was all one yarn, it was my teacher demo spin at a corespinning class I taught locally last summer. There were a lot of different techniques demonstrated all on that one bobbin and core yarn, yielding a yarn with areas of difference but also an overall unity. Then I (of course!) sprinkled a small amount of silver and aqua angelina over this. I (again, of course) started playing without even laying down a sheet of plastic first, so I had to use my fabric cutting board to move the piece onto a large plastic garbage bag. And then fix all the yarns that got moved.

Then I misted with a concentration of water and low suds Synthrapol (thank you, Prochem.com) until saturated and covered with another garbage bag. I pressed this down to make sure the piece was wet enough, then placed ieverything on a towel (again, should have started with this, but anyway). Then I rolled up the towel, secured with several rubber bands (the asparagus ones and broccoli ones are great) and tumbled in the dryer with no heat for 35-40 min.

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Then I opened it up, checked to make sure the fibers were interlocking, then went over to the sink and threw it down in the sink quite a few times. Then rinsed. And rinsed, and rinsed, as I used too much Synthrapol. Then threw over the clothesline to dry.

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What will I do with this? Heck knows. Maybe a lampshade? It is quite fine and gossamer (I think the piece of top was not 100% wool, and there was little enough of that), so if used for anything useful it will need backing.




 

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