By Leigh Radford
There’s anything magical approximately felting knits: you begin with a section of material that appears and feels a undeniable means and, by way of exposing it to water and agitation, end with one who appears to be like and feels different. This interesting transformation is what led writer Leigh Radford to start felting years in the past, and has stored her intrigued by way of the method ever since.
Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the bounds of conventional felting, as she did with conventional knitting in her previous booklet, AlterKnits. via 30 colourful, brilliant initiatives, she indicates readers the way to knit after which felt their very own handiwork, in addition to easy methods to create wonderful felted items from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory bankruptcy on felting fundamentals explains every little thing you want to recognize to make the excellent outfits, add-ons, and residential decor that follow.
The tasks diversity from a brief and straightforward circle coin handbag, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, every one strange in its personal manner, uncommon through a unique floor texture, an leading edge mixture of innovations, or a unusual mixture of yarns. AlterKnits Felt presents each crafter with the instruments to exploreand expandthe artwork of felting.
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Notions 4 x 6 x 2" foam block. ) Two or three 36-gauge felting needles.
Fiber Most but not all animal fibers will felt if exposed to moisture and agitation—in my experience, pure wool, alpaca, mohair, and llama all felt well. Some blends that include small percentages of fibers that don’t felt on their own, such as silk or nylon, will also felt, although it may take a while. When it comes to felting, all feltable fiber is not created equal. The speed at which, and the extent to which, a fiber will felt is affected by how the fiber was processed, including the chemicals it was exposed to during manufacturing and, if it is yarn, the way it was spun.
Felting machine-knits from thrift store in washing machine: For machine-knit sweaters and blankets that I pick up at thrift stores, I’m much more relaxed about the felting process. Since I didn’t do the knitting and, in most cases, I can find a comparable item relatively easily if something goes wrong, I’m willing to take some risks. Here is my method. 1. Place thrift-store item into washing machine with same settings as given for handknits (see page 11). Run it through a complete wash and rinse cycle.