Monday, October 24, 2005

Fulling/Felting Problem Solved

I think too much-it's a problem I have. I will dwell on something forever and hate when I cannot remember a name or a song, etc. Anyway, my fulling problem. I kept looking at the two bags I did last year and knew I did them here at this house with this washer and wondered WTF? And what suddenly dawned on me--the bag I was fulling in. A short time ago I bought myself a mesh laundry bag specifically for fulling/felting. I was using an old flannel pillow case, but sometimes the knot was a pain in the butt to untie, so I thought I would make my life easier by getting the laundry bag.

Well I was thinking, what the hell did I do differently last year that I wasn't accomplishing this year and it came to be suddenly, the laundry bag instead of the pillow case.

So, I refulled the FCEC (which I keep misspelling FECE and if you add an "s", that tells you how I felt about this whole thing) tote. Anyway, I tossed it in the flannel bag, tied the knot, added the two pair of jeans, cup of soap and let it go. Then I ran it through again to make sure the soap was out and viola! it fulled much better. Lost about an inch more on the side and 1 1/2" on the top. It's blocking now, so pics tomorrow. Apparently, it needed the rubbing of the flannel pillowcase versus the running through of water, etc the mesh bag did. Still a bit of stitch definition, but much better. Also, after 9 loads and the waste of hot water I went through, I decided I would toss it back in with my next bag (not an FCEC, but Dawn's Well Traveled Bag which I am working on now with my egg dyed yarn).

I feel so much better and less insane, not completely sane, but better anyway..........Pics tomorrow, promise.

7 comments:

Jessica said...

Yay! Glad you figured it out!

Wendy said...

Oh, very cool. Hey, I never put my bag in anything when I felted it. I just ran it in the wash (twice) with my jeans and it felted nicely. My bag was a knitted bag, so maybe that was the reason? I never thought of putting it inside of something else....interesting.

The Shrone said...

A question about felting/fulling: Can it be done using a front-load washer? I've got one of those high-tech type that use less water and have a high RPM spin.

Just curious. One of these days I would like to felt something on purpose and not by accident.

Jewels said...

Awesome...can't wait to see the fece"s" bag!! I'm still toying with the idea of making that one,...I think I'll make one for Kelly and put it in with her Xmas present. One cannot have too many bags..and she totally loves and appreciates the felted one I made her before.
OMG Deneen, I actually posted something today~! Getting caught up on my blog reading too,...next up is Crochetville catchup, one thing at a time. I must scam up tons of egg dye next year too when it's clearance time.
I'm so glad you got the felting process fixed and are sane again. :)

noricum said...

Interesting... I guess those garment bags actually do help protect delicate items... ;)

Kimberly said...

Yay for figuring it out! I'm almost done with the wool bag I've been working on...now to figure out how to felt it - I'm in the same boat as Lori....can a front load washer be used???

Jessi said...

Whew. At least that is figured out. And the $20 is not a waste, eh? ;)

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