Gonna make some of these out of alpaca. :3
I was in the middle of crocheting my first scarf when I decided I wasn’t going to like it.. So I decided it would make a good purse strap!
I’m making this purse out of sunburst granny squares. This is my first project with granny square, I just couldn’t resist, I fell in love with this pattern.
I first got the idea when I saw deucecities baby blanket project:
For those of you who’re interested in learning how to felt, I thought I’d let you know how. You can felt any kind of wool. Whether it be knitted, crocheted, or even unspun fiber, it can felt.
Like when you put a wool sweater through the wash and it shrinks? That’s felting. You can just use your washer and dryer to felt, but I like to do it by hand, it’s easier to control.
HINT: Felting results in a significant amount of shrinking, a lot of times by 50%, so plan for that.
Step 1: Fill sink or tub with as hot water as you can stand, and a little bit of dish soap. ( I use cleaning rubber gloves, they bring my heat tolerance up higher.)
Step 2: Get the item you want to felt and, in the hot water, agitate it. Rub it, squeeze it, and be rough with it. You’ll start to see shrinking.
Step 3: When your felting has reached your desired size, and you cannot see the stitches anymore, rinse very well with cold water.
Step 4: Let dry and VIOLA! You’ve felted.
You can cut felt just like fabric, and it will not unravel. Felting causes the fibers to link and connect with each other.
Lionbrand’s instructions also helped me.