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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Felting Bags

I had 100 grams of apricot wool left over from Brigid's hat and gloves, so thought I might use it up on another bag for felting.

I used the same pattern as the last two bags - by now I know it by heart. No problems with twisting using this wool.

The finished photo, with i-cord handles - is truer to colour than the one below.

I now had three small bags ready to felt and thought I would do the large bag again for good measure while I am using the water and heat.

A good breeze and a bit of winter sun, so I embarked on felting my bags. I used my washing machine with a few jugs of boiling water added to the wash cycle, since our hot water service does not heat above 50C.

This time I put them through three cycles of the washing machine. I hung them on a tree in the sun, then moved them around as the sun moved around the yard. They dried in the day - much faster than the last one I did.

I was very pleased with the results. The large bag has benefitted from the extra felting. The small bag with the twist in the knitting is the one on the right.

I decided to give it another go, to reduce the size still further and remove the last of the knitting lines.

The next, and hopefully final, step is a closure on the small bags and realigning the handles on the large one.


Katherine said...

They look fantastic! Our new hot water service is the same. The old one was about 70oC.

margaret said...

these bags have worked wonderfully, can see why you plan to do another.Not sure if we have restrictions on water temperature here

Jillian said...

Glad you like them, Katherine - and thanks for your help in getting there! I think the temperature limit is safer on the whole, but a nuisance for felting!

Jillian said...

Thanks Margaret. Now to finish them off with a closure.

Monica said...

They look great! Much nicer than the one in the magazine, I would say. :)

Realigning the handles looks like it will be tricky. Good luck!

Jillian said...

Thanks Monica. The colour, at least, is better, I think, than the illustration! I think the felting will enable me to cut and reposition the handles - fingers crossed.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your knitted and then felted bags look terrific! You did a wonderful job on them :)