By Leigh Radford
There’s whatever magical approximately felting knits: you begin with a bit of material that appears and feels a definite means and, via exposing it to water and agitation, end with person who seems and feels different. This attention-grabbing transformation is what led writer Leigh Radford to start felting years in the past, and has saved her intrigued via the method ever since.
Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the bounds of conventional felting, as she did with conventional knitting in her past e-book, AlterKnits. via 30 colourful, brilliant initiatives, she indicates readers the right way to knit after which felt their very own handiwork, in addition to tips on how to create stunning felted gadgets from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory bankruptcy on felting fundamentals explains every thing you want to comprehend to make the brilliant outfits, add-ons, and residential decor that follow.
The initiatives variety from a short and simple circle coin handbag, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, each one strange in its personal manner, distinctive by way of a distinct floor texture, an cutting edge mixture of ideas, or a unusual blend of yarns. AlterKnits Felt offers each crafter with the instruments to exploreand expandthe artwork of felting.
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Extra resources for AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting & Felting
Row 7: [K1, M1] 2 times, knit to last 2 sts, [M1, k1] 2 times—112 sts. Work short rows (see Special Techniques) as follows: Row 9: Knit to last 12 sts, wrp-t. Rows 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18: Purl to end. Row 11: Knit to last 20 sts, wrp-t. Row 13: Knit to last 28 sts, wrp-t. Row 15: Knit to last 36 sts, wrp-t. Row 17: Knit to last 44 sts, wrp-t. Work even over all sts in St st for 20½", ending with a WS row. Decrease as follows: Row 1 (RS): K1, [k2tog] twice, knit to last 5 sts, [k2tog] twice, k1—108 sts.
I LOVED THE TEXTURE AND DIMENSIONALITY OF THE RESULT AND DECIDED TO USE THE SAME TECHNIQUE TO MAKE THIS BAG. finished measurements 26 x 20", before assembly 17½ x 15½", after felting, laid flat, including gussets Results will depend on felting conditions and time spent felting. 5 mm) One 29" circular needle size US 11 (8 mm) Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. notions Stitch markers Tapestry needle 10 large plastic bottle caps, 1½" diameter 20 medium plastic bottle caps, 1" diameter 20 small wooden beads, ½ to 5/8" diameter 50 small rubber bands (see Sources for Supplies) Seam ripper or small pair of scissors, for cutting rubber bands Two 22" leather handles with a 2" ring attached on each end (from Homestead Heirlooms—see Sources for Supplies) Large-eye sewing needle and 1 yard fine linen or hemp yarn, for securely sewing felted tabs to handle rings optional: ½ yard fabric, fabric scissors, iron, dressmaker’s pencil, and sewing machine, pins, needle, and thread, for lining optional: two ¾" magnetic closures Be creative when choosing objects to secure into the knitted fabric before felting!
5. When felting is complete, pour the water in the bucket into your sink or bathtub using a sink strainer to prevent excess loose fibers from washing down your pipes. Hand-Felting Knitted or Woven Fabric Although you can also transform your knitting into felt by hand, it is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, so I only recommend it for small projects. To felt a project by hand, fill a basin with 2 to 3" of very hot water and add a teaspoon of detergent. Wearing dishwashing gloves to protect your hands, place your project in the water and scrunch and roll it around in the water.