Today I Made: Felted Sweaters
Have you felted, accidentally or intentionally, your wool sweaters before? I have done it a few times accidentally, quite many years ago, when I washed my sweaters in washing machines. And last week I’ve done it again – this time, to my horror, one of Mr T’s favourite sweaters… It didn’t shrink thatmuch (or so I protested), but it was quite a tight fit; when he stretched his arms above his head, I could see his belly (I insisted that it kind of looked ‘young and fashionable’). Instead of getting upset, though, Mr T simply told me to ‘make something fabulous’ with it :)
So I felted the sweater further by rubbing it in hot, soapy water. The beige sweater is roughly the same size as the original size of the one I felted. I couldn’t believe how much it shrunk!
You can see that the wool is really dense. To get to this stage, it took me about one hour of hard work – yes, you can felt your sweaters with washing machine, but I wanted to try it with my own bare hands!
I also felted one of the sweaters my friend gave me for felting purpose; it was only 60% wool, but it did felt quite nicely. And what would I do with these sweaters? Well, there are so many different projects that I want to try, and I can’t decide! Here are some of my inspirations:
See? There are too many great ideas that my head is going to explode… But before deciding on the project, I have loads more sweaters to felt (thank you K, I love you!). But maybe this time I would use washing machine rather than hand felt them :)