I tried felting today – I felt like it! 😉
Not the sort of felting which is hard work, where you get fleece and bash it soapily into submission over a few hours by hand. No, I took the easy way of course!
First I crocheted a basic bowl shape:
Then I measured it, for good measure, to see how much it would shrink:
It was 12.5cm across and 6.5cm from the middle to the edge.
Then I put it in the washing with the clothes. I was not sure if it would felt at all, given that I wash at 30 degrees to be green and felting is usually done hotter than that.
I waited for the washing to finish… then Tim emptied the machine for me (it’s too heavy for me when it’s all wet) and I rummaged through the clothes trying to find the small bit of crochet… but I couldn’t find it!
Darn! It must be at the bottom, I would just have to hang the clothes up and find it that way 🙂
This is what it looks like:
It’s more fulled than felted, but that’s not bad for such a cool wash. I think it’s really nice, and did I mention, it still smells slightly of sheep, if you warm it up in your hands… mmm… Must stop sniffing the wool! 😀
Now it measures 10.5cm by 6cm, so I lost 2cm width and half a cm length.
So the next step is either to put it through another wash the same and see if that finishes it off; make another one and put that through a hotter wash, maybe with sheets or towels (I’m not going to run a wash just for a small bit of felting! How ungreen would that be?!) or I could put this one through the hotter wash as well, but I really want to be able to felt something in one go and know what the shrinkage is, I want to make slippers!
In fact, I could make some fulled slippers, just like this. That would be OK, they are smooth enough to not feel lumpy to walk on and I quite like still being able to see the stitches.
But the other part of my cunning plan is to make some socks/shoe liners for re-enactment, and they didn’t have crochet until about the 19th century so I need the stitches to vanish for that!
It’s fun to experiment and it means I actually get to make the washing fun!! Bonus 😀
ETA: it might not be the best idea to make slippers which are just fulled like this without at least trying the bowl again in a normal 30 degree wash – if it does felt further then my slippers would shrink
if when I had to wash them! Eeek! Not good…