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Old 04-02-2012, 01:42 PM
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I want to do some felted wool table runners, mug rugs, pin cushions, etc. So I started looking around at felted wool....and quickly STOPPED looking!! The prices are OUTRAGEOUS!!

Jumped onto YouTube to find out how to make it myself. Literally the easiest thing....find some Merino Wool sweaters, cut them all open at the seams, wash in hot water and detergent, dry in hot dryer. Presto Change-0...instant felted wool! I paid $15 for 7 wool sweaters at a thrift store, and ended up with over $100 of felted wool calculated by the prices I found online.
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What is felted wool??
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I haven't used any felted wool yet, but it's definitely on my short list (as opposed to my long list which I can't even see the end of anymore...). My question is- how do you care for it once you include it in a piece? For example using it in appliqué (machine type) on a table runner that includes quilting cottons?
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I don't use sweaters, but suit coats/jackets, skirts and pants!
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I don't use sweaters, but suit coats/jackets, skirts and pants!
Thanks, Jacquie...that's a great suggestion.
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Originally Posted by Cybrarian View Post
I haven't used any felted wool yet, but it's definitely on my short list (as opposed to my long list which I can't even see the end of anymore...). My question is- how do you care for it once you include it in a piece? For example using it in appliqué (machine type) on a table runner that includes quilting cottons?
You can hand wash it and air dry it since it's already shrunk down quite a lot after the hot water/dryer treatment.
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I was recently shocked when I checked into the prices of felted wool, also. Yikes. Do you have plans to dye any of them or did you find sweaters in the colors you like?

(Also, NOTW!)
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jljack- it doesn't have to be Merino Wool, as long as it's 80% wool(I've read), you can felt it. I also have been wanting to do some felting, and got some great deals at our local Humane Society thrift store, all the clothing was $1 each, so I picked up about 20 wool outfits to felt, not that I've gotten around to it yet. LOL
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​I've accidentally felted a sweater before. Now we know what to do with them. I like the fact tha you can cut out your shapes and there is no need for finishing the edges because they won't fray. Show us what wonderful things you are making. I really like the rose pincushion that was posted a while back.
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