How to make felted wool…an easy and very short tutorial.
For a while now, I have been trying to work with what I already have…and repurpose as much as I can. Not too long ago I came across a couple of projects that called for felted wool. At first, I thought what I needed was wool felt. After doing a little more research, I discovered that felted wool and wool felt are NOT the same thing. Confused?
So was I! It’s really very simple though. Wool felt is purchased like fabric. From a bolt by the yard, in squares or sometimes in strips. Felted wool can be made simply by throwing a thrift store sweater in the washing machine!
Why would you want felted wool? BECAUSE IT DOESN’T UNRAVEL. When I found this out I was determined to learn how to make felted wool and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Here’s the process:
1. Find old sweaters that are at least 80% wool. 100% wool is best but they are hard to find in the thrift stores. (I found a couple of perfect sweaters in my husband’s closet but he refused to part with them.) My trip to Goodwill resulted in just 3 sweaters that I could use.
3. Dry them on the highest heat setting your dryer has. Pull them out as soon as they are finished. You may have to iron them a little to make them lie nice and flat.
That’s it! Now you are ready to transform your felted wool sweaters into all sorts of wonderful things…plus you will be repurposing something which is always a good thing.
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