Wednesday, October 26, 2005

It Didn't Felt!

Again, I am faced with something not fulling/felting. Neither wool did. First the Marvelous bag done in a Denim Marl, then the FCEC bag and now the Well Traveled Bag.

Yes, I tried the adding boiling water (which I later found won't help) and it didn't
Yes, I tried the sink method-this sucked and did not work.
Yes, I even did what HollyM on C'ville suggested with a new plunger, nada

So what did I do? Well, I decided it was time to read up on this and see what the hell I could find out on the net. Julie, this should help you too!

I went to this site and this is what I ascertained I need to do tomorrow. Of course, I will keep you apprised of the situation.

Here goes what I am going to do tomorrow and what I have apparently been doing wrong. Mind you, I have felted before without problems, so it could be the yarn(s).

Washing machine: Lowest water setting (did this), hot cycle (did this), set to roughest agitation (did this) and ONE TABLESPOON OF SOAP (I added lots more, mistake?)

"About five minutes after agitation begins, check the status of your items. They will actually have gotten larger, as they will have relaxed in the heat of the water. This is perfectly normal, so don't be wigged out. Back into the wash for another 5-10 minutes [I always make regular checks on the progress] and you can then stop the agitation, drain/wring out your item, and see how it's coming along. Now is when you can pull it back into shape if it's twisted, or you can separate pieces that are sticking together and shouldn't be. You may notice some color shedding, as well - do not be alarmed. Most items will "crock" a little bit, and reds, blues, and black are notorious. Keep checking at 5-10 minute intervals until you have reached felted nirvana, which may take multiple wash cycles [do not run the entire machine cycle, but just rerun the wash portion]" From Knitty.com

I run the entire cycle........

"If your item is resisting felting or stops shrinking before you'd like it to, remove it from the washer, wring it out, and a quick plunge into an ice water bath and back into the tub will work wonders [especially with yarns like Noro Kureyon, which can resist felting form time to time]. If you think extra abrasion would help, toss a couple pairs of old jeans [never NEVER use towels] in with the felting wannabe and see if that speeds the process"

I shall try this ice water bath tomorrow.........
Why no towels? I use both, but also did a load with two pair of jeans and it didn't work...hmmmm......

"Once your wash tub is free of furry flotsam, spin out the water [take your item OUT of the tub before this step] and get ready for a cold water rinse. When the basin fills again, dunk your felty goodness in the clear water and slosh it around to remove any traces of soap. DO NOT let it agitate in the rinse cycle, as additional agitation will cause additional shrinkage. Then you're ready for a final spin. Some folks don't recommend letting your felt go through a spin cycle, as it may leave a permanent crease in your garment. I have never had this happen, and I spin every item to remove as much moisture as possible. If you don't care to risk it, roll your felt up in a large bath towel and squeeze it to remove the water."

Hmmmm....take out the item, spin out the water and then dunk into cold rinse water to rinse, but put it back for a final spin.

I hope this works. I'm telling you, I am so down about this. I tried starting other projects and am batting zero on them. Damn!


Check out the site, it's very informative!

8 comments:

noricum said...

The only problem with towels is that they'll shed lint which will end up in your felted piece. Using the pillowcase should prevent that.

Cheryl said...

I use ivory dish soap..just one squirt and hot water...don't let it get to the rinse cycle....turn it back to the beginning before it rinses and let it run through again...
why no towels??? LINT... you never get the lint out of the felted stuff...
when it's down to where I want it size-wise I take it out and put it in cold rinse water...

hope it worked for you!!

Wendy said...

Good Luck!!

Jessica said...

Good luck!

And your egg-dyed yarn wasn't bleached at all before you dyed it, was it? Most white wools won't felt.

Joy said...

You are in a felting battle zone lady! Good luck today!

Heather said...

Good luck! Felting freaks me out Deneen! lol

I cant wait to read how it worked, and what you did.

ladylinoleum said...

I can read the frustration here. Totally understand. Maybe just stick to the yarns you know felt fine??? I dunno.

jess said...

rob wrote a good article there. :) I usually full by filling with water, running the agitate part of the cycle, then stopping it and going back to the beginning of the agitation process. Over and over, sometimes taking the item out and dunking it into cold water and then back into the hotter water. Works pretty well.

Good luck! (I will be mailing you out the food dye tomorrow!)

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