How to Felt Easy steps

Learn to Felt
If you want to learn how to felt, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about felt. Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any color, and made into any shape or size..

  1. Utilise large needles - Lot of felting projects call for using needles at least three sizes larger than the yarn band indicates. Large stitches make for more friction within the knitting, that help the piece to felt more easily.
  2. Let's finish firmly - Be sure that your ends are woven in firmly before you start felting. If there are any pieces that need to be stitched together before felting, make sure the seams are sewn securely. If your pieces come undone while felting, you could be left with a mess.
  3. Look out of cords - Lot of felted purses have i-cord or similar long, skinny straps. These can easily get twisted by the agitation of the machine, so make sure you check on these often and untwist the strap if necessary. A twisted strap won't felt evenly.
  4. Let's invest in a pillow cover. A zippered pillowcase cover makes felting very easy, or at least clean. Keeping your pieces in a bag keeps them from getting stuck or lost in your machine, which is important when you're felting small pieces. It also helps keep your machine clean.
  5. Let's try keeping your machine open. If you have trouble remembering to check your felting before the spin cycle starts, setting a timer should help. Other people keep the lid of the machine open while felting, since most machines will turn off if the lid is open during the spin cycle.
  6. Let's add jeans. If the felting isn't going as quickly as you would like, put a pair of jeans to the wash, which will add friction and speed things along. There are some people use a towel for this process, but towels can shed fiber, so jeans are the best way. You might want to keep an unwearable pair on hand just for this purpose.
  7. Relax and be patient. Various yarns felt at different rates. Even different colors of the same yarn can felt at different rates. Don't try to rush it. You need to know that most yarns (animal fibers, anyway) will felt eventually.
  8. Look out of lights. One exception to the most yarns will felt eventually rule is really light or white yarns. These fibers are often bleached so that the light dye will take, which messes with the yarn's ability to felt. Some of them will still felt eventually, others will never really felt satisfactorily. Always swatch before you plan to make a project with a light-colored yarn.
  9. Do-overs are Ok. If the felted object's texture or size is not good or you don't like it, you can always felt it more. You can't unshrink a felted object, but you can usually make something felt more. And if you block something and it comes out the wrong size, it is usually possible to reblock by getting the fabric damp again and aggressively stretching it over a form of the right size.
Practice makes perfect,, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to felt.

How to Felt Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Felt.

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