Felting wool is a process in which wool fibers are matted together using a combination of heat, friction and water. Many people have inadvertently felted wool sweaters by machine washing and drying them. Felted wool is thicker than other wool fabrics and is a versatile material to work with. Even if the wool was originally knitted, it will not unravel if cut after felting. However, stitching felted wool projects can be difficult due to the thickness and stiffness of the fabric.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing machine
- Hand-sewing needle
Some felted wools are thin enough to be stitched like regular fabrics using a sewing machine. Simply pin the right sides of the wool together and sew. Seam allowances do not need to be large, as the felted wool will not unravel as other fabrics do. Use any of the machine’s stitches to sew felted wool together.
Whip stitch the fabric together. Whip stitching is frequently used to add a decorative seam to many sewing and knitting projects. Place each piece of wool on a flat surface with the right sides facing you. Pinch the felted wool together so that a quarter inch of the wrong sides of the fabric are touching. Insert the needle from right to left through both pieces of wool and pull the thread through. Carry the thread over the top of the seam back to the right side and insert the needle again. Repeat until the seam is complete.
Use a blanket stitch to piece the fabric together. Blanket stitch is another form of decorative stitching and is frequently used over the raw edges of blankets. It can be used to finish the edges of felted wool or to join two pieces of wool together. Place the wrong sides of the wool together and insert the needle from the back of the fabric to the front. Insert the needle again from front to back and pull the thread most of the way through, leaving a small loop. Insert the needle from the back through this loop and pull taut. Repeat every 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch apart until you have reached the end of the seam.
Tips & Warnings
- A thimble can help project your thumbs and fingers from blisters when hand-stitching through felted wool.
- KnittingFairy.com: How Do I Whip Stitch Edges Together?
- Futuregirl: Tutorial Hand Sew Felt Using Blanket Stitch
- Interweave Knits Felt; Weekend Getaway Satchel; Marta McCall; Fall 2007
- Photo Credit wollig weich image by Ingrid Walter from Fotolia.com
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