Knit or Knitted Felting

Used to make knitted items thicker, more dense, and warmer, knitted felting transforms your knitted items into felted creations! Felting knitted items can be done in two ways: hand fulling and machine fulling.
Hand Fulling
1. Put your project in a bowl full of warm, soapy water until your felting craft is soaked through.
2. In order to “full” (felt) the knitted piece, you may either repeat the process of wet felting:
2. Wet the fibers with warm, soapy water, allowing the water to saturate the fibers.
3. After saturating, pat the fibers down by hand to compress layers. Add more fibers if needed.
4. Agitate fibers by using a rod to aid in rolling up the item to be felted and the bamboo mat.
5. Secure the mat and roll until fibers are sufficiently tangled and the item is felted, unrolling, rewetting, and rearranging as necessary. Roll approximately 50-100 times.
6. Test your project to gauge its felting progress by pinching it. If the fibers pull apart fairly easily, continue rolling. If the fibers are sufficiently matted, it’s time to move on.
7. Once you are satisfied with the extent of felting, remove the bamboo mat and rise in chill water. When you remove it, make sure to squeeze out excess water.
8. (*optional step) Depending on the pattern, you will sometimes be required to harden, shrink, or stiffen the felt. To do this, roll the felt around a rod (without a bamboo mat or bubble wrap) from several directions until the desired texture is reached.
9. To remove excess water, roll the felt in a towel. Now is the time to shape your felt and leave it to dry.

or:
2. Remove project from water and knead with your hands.
3. When the project cools, rewet it, then douse in cold water and continue kneading until the project is completely fulled (felted).
4. To remove excess water, roll the felt in a towel. Now is the time to shape your felt and leave it to dry. If shaping is drastic, steam it once dry and shape into finished form.

Machine Fulling:
1. Prepare the edges of your project to ensure that it will not stretch during the felting process.
2. Place your felting project in the washing machine with a little bit of soap and any non-shedding material for additional agitation. Set your machine for the hot/cold setting on the lowest water level.
3. Check your project periodically to see its progress; also check for shrinking or stretching out.
4. Once the fulling process is complete, run your felting project through the rinse and spin cycles. Now is the time to shape your felt and leave it to dry. If shaping is drastic, steam it once dry and shape into finished form.

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