|Machine felted wool crocheted rectangles made from needlepoint kit yarns.|
My friend Ramona is a prolific, extremely accomplished hand quilter and knitter. Years ago, her beautifully felted purses sparked my interest in wool felting. She graciously shared her felting process using a washing machine, which joyfully eliminates laborious hand felting and leads to near instant results. Ramona gifted me with a bag full of wool yarns she scrounged from garage sale needlepoint kits, knowing I'd eventually do something with them. This project has been evolving since then in stages.
Results vary according to wool fiber choices and the amount of machine washing done. Since I'm not an expert in this field by any stretch of the imagination, all my attempts have been strictly experimental and surprisingly satisfying. The main 'recipe' for machine felting is using 80 to 100% wool fibers (not the type that won't shrink), hot soapy water just enough to cover the wool in the machine, and high machine agitation. Repeat as necessary to get the shrinkage required. Hand block and air dry on a flat surface. It truly is as simple as it sounds.
|Tentative layout for a possible rug, wall hanging or perhaps a couple of throw pillows.|
|"Time and Tide Wait For No Man"|
|A small zippered pouch with button and bead embellishments. The shoulder bag is densely constructed of double strand crochet. I used recycled silk and wool together. I love the texture.|
|A rosette was squeaked out of the remaining purse lining fabric. Drape a few miscellaneous fibers left from the handle and voila! A versatile look, pretty enough to dress up or down with.|
|Creases are visible from folding before drying them as purse shapes. I pinned them open for viewers to read how one skein of Noro blends so beautifully.|