Hello and felting question

mrossnyc's picture

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted anything, so hello to everyone!

I'm planning a few projects ahead and was wondering if anyone has done any felting of larger pieces. Specifically, I'm toying around with the idea of knitting and felting sheets of fabric, which will then be cut and sewn into a jacket with a separate lining.

I've felted several of the Fibertrends slippers with great success, but am wondering how I'd keep a larger piece of material from folding onto itself and felting together. I'm also not sure if this is a big concern or not.

Any advice or referrals to resources is greatly appreciated!


mrossnyc's picture

Thanks for all the input

Thanks for all the input everyone! I'll let these ideas toss around in my head while I'm working on a few other projects and promise to post results if and when I move forward with it.

Tallguy's picture

Have you tried waulking?

Have you tried waulking? Great fun!
We once did an experiment: washed a length of fabric in the machine, and then waulked another length. I have to say, the waulked fabric was much nicer. And much more fun to do! Should try it at the retreat.

mrossnyc's picture

That's kind of cool. Maybe

That's kind of cool. Maybe it could be done at in place of morning yoga at MSKR?

New York Built's picture

Hiya Michael! Good to see

Hiya Michael! Good to see you here.

Do a search on your favorite search engine for "making boiled wool fabric", and stand back. The key is the same for all felting, or Loden fabric or fulled fabric. Moisture, heat and friction.

Boiled wool is also sold in the garment district in case you are interested in seeing some great examples. I also see fabric impressed with plates to create texture, screens to do the same, and lots of felted materials (fur, as well, like for hats!) at Mood.
Good luck!

If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over.

MMario's picture

sometimes I think the

sometimes I think the available shopping might almost compensate for living in a city.


New York Built's picture

...and the renewal process

...and the renewal process for the urban passport is so long and stultifying. I don't blame you for martketplace avoidance...couldn't be agoraphobia, since I am sure there are porches in the country. I saw pictures...

If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over.

Bill's picture

I lay the piece on a sheet

I lay the piece on a sheet of bubblewrap, soak with warm soapy water, roll up...then knead it and step on it and roll it. Then unwrap, re-wrap the other direction, knead...repeat. Keep doing that until it's felted to the degree you want. Rinse.

mrossnyc's picture

Sounds interesting, I'll

Sounds interesting, I'll consider it!

ronhuber's picture

Have you thought of felting

Have you thought of felting by hand. I have felted a few objects right in the kitchen sink by rubbing the fabric between my fingers. Some people use an old washboard. I read about this somewhere (see below) when I wanted to felt a bag and had only a front loading washing machine. I have used it several times. I find that I can control the process quite easily and the felting is quite even. I just rub the article between my fingers in hot soapy water until I can no longer see the stitches. I have never used it for anything larger than a shopping bag but believe you would have better luck in keeping the article in the shape you want it to be.
You will find the instructions here:

QueerJoe's picture

Hey Michael. I've attempted

Hey Michael. I've attempted one large felting project. I thought a felted pillow would be a great idea, so I basically knit an oversize pillow cover.

The felting wasn't uniform enough to use as a pillow so I just threw the felted fabric in a corner and I haven't seen it since.

I probably should have used the resulting fabric in some sewn project...I'll have to see if I can find it.

MMario's picture

Old felting instructions I

Old felting instructions I saw they would layer towel, plastic wrap, fabric to be felted (this was sometimes knitted, sometimes batting) and more plastic wrap

roll loosely and then wash/agitate/felt