Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wool Felting

Have any of you ever done wool felting?

I saw an episode of Simply Quilts about it years ago, and have always wanted to try it. Since I am not a huge applique fan, and since my mother is allergic to wool, I have never had a reason. Still, the idea of applique without having to turn under the edges intrigues me.

I can't find a link anymore to the show I saw, so I'm going purely from memory here (EEK!). I do specifically recall that the guest searched thrift stores for brightly colored wool clothing to cut up and wash in HOT water. I can hear dry cleaners and garment sewers shuddering.

Here's what I found at the thrift store:
Aren't they lovely? I know you are just crying that I am going to cut these up! That green one would be perfect for your yearly pilgrimage to Augusta! And, though you can't see them, the blue one has some really pretty stains right down the front.

I decided to start cutting just one in case this didn't work. Plus, who knows if the color will run? I jabbed my pointiest scissors into the green one first. It was a gorgeous day out on my deck in the sunshine, taking out my frustration on a blazer.

I decided to save the lining and button for embellishments later:
Daisy came to investigate:
I was left with the corpse of the jacket...

...and this pile of perfectly good wool. I'll let you know how everything turns out in the wash.
Enjoy your weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I just donated some wool blazers to the Goodwill. I would have been pleasantly shocked if one of those jackets had been mine :).


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