November 06, 2004

Felting hardware

Thanks for all the advice about felting the bags. I have felted one or two things before, but not with very much method or care. And that was in the old top-loading machine, not our new front-loader, which may make this a bit harder. I want these bags to work, though, so I appreciate the help.

I went out today to try to find some mesh bags to put the items in, but was completely foiled on that score — none of the 4 dollar stores I went to had what I was looking for, nor did the drug store. I found one approximation of what I wanted, but I think the mesh is too open to stop enough fibres from getting through. Instead, I bought some cheap pillowcases, and I’m going to take Lydia and Laurie’s advice and just knot the tops. Turns out Tigger wants to be felted, too:

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He’s so predictable — put an open bag or box in front of him and he’ll immediately walk in, lie down, and start purring. It’s his favourite thing in the world!

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I managed to snag the pillowcases back later so that I could run them through a hot wash by themselves to make sure they don’t run. Now I just have to finish the last bag, and I can have some felting fun!

Posted by Aven at November 6, 2004 05:41 PM
Comments

Ooo, let us know how this goes. I haven’t felted in a front loader and I have heard people say it can’t felt as well because the agitation is different and then others say it felted just the same no problem.

Did Tigger ever take to his cute bed you made him?

Posted by: Laurie at November 7, 2004 03:07 PM

I’m also interested on your results with the front loader, I didn’t realize it would be harder to felt.

My cat also does the same thing with anything that she can lie down on.

Posted by: lcord at November 7, 2004 11:33 PM