Felting Gurus Needed

Hey Guys, I need some help.  I finished my clogs and started the felting process yesterday.  I don't have my own washing machine and use the coin-op one in the basement of my building.  It's a VERY BASIC machine.  There is no way to alter its routine one iota.  I tried to fake it out by taking out water after it had filled, so I'd meet the low-water requirement.  The knitting gods and goddesses had to be laughing because after spending 20 minutes scooping out water, I closed the lid and the machine filled up again.  LOL.  I stuffed the d**n thing with jeans.  This was after 3 cycles.  The wash cycle lasts about 15 minutes tops and the rinse cycle, no choice, is cold.  After 5 cycles, I've got a nice felt going on, but they are way too big.  Except for the last, I took the clogs out for the spin and rinse cycles.  My last effort was to throw them in the dryer on high for about 15 minutes.

Today, I tried putting them in the kitchen sink with hot water and beat them with wooden spatulas.  No joy, still huge.  In desparation, I boiled them, for 10 minutes at at ime and they could still outfit Bozo.

Before I lapse into utter desparation (OK being melo-dramatic), does anyone have any other suggestions for me?  They need to shrink at least another 2 inches or so in length.


Bill's picture

Alternate Hot and cold water baths...and real soap...like liquid Ivory...
you can do it in a large pot... agitate frequently...like scrub them against themselves...

it's the shock of hot and cold...plus the soap that opens and closes the fibre...

Warren's picture

Bill, thanks for the information.  I'm going to give it another go today.