December 18, 2008

Adventures in Felting

I have wanted to try felting for some time. I've been inspired by the magic of felted bowls, bags and hats on Flickr. When it snowed the other day, I realized that I do not have a warm winter hat so immediately started planning my first felting project. I was scared about the shrinkage especially since I was using two different yarns! I used Bernat felting wool for the main part which said it would shrink to 80% in width and 95% in height. I tend to be one who just uses my eye for things instead of following patterns so I just decided to go for it... without making test swatches! I knew if it shrunk too much then I could just turn it into a bowl!

I put it in a lingerie bag and threw it in the washing machine with a towel on the longest hot water cycle. It was still too big when it came out so I threw it in again... it came out a bit tight the second time but I managed to stretch it out slightly so that it would fit. It's a good thing I have a small head!

As you can see from the photo it shrunk much more than 5% in height! Thank goodness I added an extra stripe! For the most part I am happy with the way it turned out. The grey wool that I used for the stripes did not felt as well as expected but i like the texture. The felting wool lost its intensity. Overall I think I prefered the non-felted look and feel of the yarn.

It was an exciting project and reminded me of my pottery days because of the suspense and magic of chance! I think all my hat needs now is a fabric button flower :o)

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)


  1. Oooh Laurraine, and you knit too ?!! My, you're amazing !!! The hat is so cute & you can be proud !!!
    I hope yoy're enjoying these last days before Christmas xoxoxoxo lots of hugs to you & C !! xoxox

  2. The hat looks good and I think a fabric flower will finish it off nicely.

  3. Чудесные работы! ))))

  4. Dear Laurraine: the way it turned out is the way I'd like to make one for myself. Also, congratulations for all the inspiration. Betsy Munroe - Canada

  5. Great job!
    How wonderful!!
    Congratulation, kisses from Chile,

  6. Your hat turned out very nicely. I like it felted. I sure you have learned some things from your first experience in felting that will make your next project just the way you want it.

  7. ooh, it came out so nice!! I'm working on a new scarf for me tomorrow as a christmas gift to myself, hehe :D

  8. C'est très joli ! J'aime bien ce que vous faites !

  9. Very Good Idea Frend!!! you´re very smart. in Brazil we say "Você é muito inteligente!!". Kisses