Felting allows you to take knit and crochet pieces and turn them into thick, sturdy cloth suitable for purses, hats, slippers and more just by throwing your wool items into the washing machine and dryer. This month, Jackie Smyth, our technical editor, gives some tips on felting.
What is felting, Jackie?
Felting is the process by which wool fibers are agitated and lock together to form a dense fabric. Wool yarn can be felted, but synthetics can’t, but you can change the look of a felted design by working a row or two with a non-felting yarn. If you've never felted before, it's a good idea to read our FAQ about it: click here.
What are some of the benefits of felting?
Felt doesn't ravel – so you can experiment with cutting shapes or fringes on a felted item. If your felted project doesn’t work out as well as you’d hoped -- no worries -- you can cut shapes from the felt – like flower petals or dots – and use these as embellishments on other projects.
Wow, you could probably make pins and hair barrettes out of those shapes too. So what are your recommended patterns today?
I've chosen these three clutches because they are small, making them an ideal beginner felting project, and because they really emphasize how much we love to embellish simple patterns with things techniques like color-work and embroidery.