Niddy noddy

Saturday, September 19, 2009

felt making

There is a great felt-making tutorial over on Jasmine's blog.

And this is the latest hand-knitted and washing machine-felted (the easy way) bag which I'm selling on made4aid.

And finally - I am so neglecting this blog that i'm not sure anyone looks at it any more.... let me know if thats not the case?


Blogger Shammickite said...

I definitely look at it, often! Just to see if there are any new creations that will inspire me to get out the knitting needles, or sewing machine, or paintbrush etc etc.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Shammickite said...

Almost forgot.... I want to ask you if there is a way to tell if a yarn is wool or not. There's always lots of unlabelled yarn for sale at my local charity shop, and I'd love to knit and felt one of these bags, but I think most of the leftover yarn is acrylic or at least not wool. Any ideas?

7:03 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Great blog... And I blogger seems to be letting me leave comments again :) Thanks for linking my tutorial. I felt a bit of a fraud writing it as I'm so new to felt making. But its all a learning curve... :)

I love Lucille!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Dark Fairy said...

Thats a lovely tutorial, I am doing a step by step drop spinning for the next GoHandmade emag. Love fleece and fibres. i have made many large sheets of felt over the years, by laying up fibres on an old duvet and putting it in the washing machine. Love your blog Niddy noddyx

12:54 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

shammickite - i wonder when you left this question? I so neglect this blog...

its a good question. There are burn tests which can help - if you burn a little bit of the yarn then you can usually tell at least if its natural or manmade.
Acrylic and other man-made fibres tend to leave a hard residue, whereas natural fibres like wool leave ash. (well except silk, which leaves a sort of bead but its easily crushed, not hard)

Wool doesn't burn ever so well - its quite likely to go out (unlike cotton or silk) and smells like burning hair.

Another way to tell is by the strength of the yarn, if you break a bit off. Wool will usually break fairly easily unlike acrylic or cotton or silk.

Mixes can felt fairly well - 70% or more I reckon is likely to be ok. And if I'm not sure but its a really nice yarn, I just knit a square and bung in the wash to see!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Shammickite said...

Thanks for the information... I'll be sure to carry a box of matches when I'm yarn shopping! But I don't think the local charity shop will really appreciate the smell of burning hair wafting through the air!!!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Dark Fairy said...

I often check out your blog lettuce, thanks for the comment, love n light Chrisx

10:16 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

jasmine you are not at all fraudulent, i LOVE your work

Hello Dark Fairy, nice to "meet" you


8:12 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

haha Shammickite, no I don't think they would!

the main way I try to decide in charity shops is to break off a bit of the yarn...

8:16 AM  
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