need tips on felting

I must be doing someting wrong. Felted purses seem to do ok. When I felted my first pair of clogs, they were wrinkly, didnt' felt up nice and smooth at all like the pictures you guys have on here. I have a front loader. I'm just not happy with how it felts. I'm gonna have to find a top loader, take things out often, stretch, etc. I usually felt with jeans and tennis shoes. Any other tips on how to felt the clogs? I'm a very loose knitter. I know that's kinda strange for a newbie, but I'm very loose. I dont' know if thats good or bad. I am also a continental knitter. I think that's one reason I'm so loose. Any tips or pointers would be appreciated.


MMario's picture

I've only felted one thing in my front loader - and that felted perfectly - so I don't have any suggestions.

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klamathsteve's picture

The first time I felted in my front loader it took 45 minutes and I wasn't satisfied.
First make sure you start out with a yarn that you know through others that it felts.
Second make sure that there is hot water to the machine, I usually run water in several sinks to make sure its hot, a front loader doesn't use enough water to make it really hot. Lastly, I used fabric softner(someone told me this secret) and tide powder he in the wash, washed it drained it and started over. I put several pairs of pants in with it, washed until it was felted enough and then rinsed it in the sink. I put a small hand towel in the clog to shape it and let it dry. Hope this helps.Steve


Bill's picture

felting needs soap and hot water to open the scales of the wool... agitation to intermingle the scales...
...and the shock of temperature change ( cold water) to felt...

TomH's picture has some great felting tips ...

I haven't ever felted anything but am researching it and found what I think are great tips from -- maybe they'll help.