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.