Introduction: Felt Lattice Scarf
What you need:
100 grams Merino wool in tops
400x140cm feed fabric
Different color needlefelt
and a dryer
Step 1: Layingout the Wool
Split the Merino wool up into long strands, and many are needed.
Now place the feed fabric down on a flat surface, could be a large table or merely the floor.
Now place your long strands of Merino wool out onto the feed fabric, in lanes with approximately 5 centimeters between them.
This should be done until an area of about 3 meters in length and 1 meter in width is covered. Expect that in the felting process creeps by about a third.
Step 2: Decorate and Prepare the Scarf
When the wool is covering the feed fabric, start to clip small pieces of the colored needlefelt off, these will be used to decorate the scarf.
The small pieces of colored needlefelt are then evenly distributed all over your work. Now take a wet towel to roll up the scarf; it is a good idea to moisten the wool before rolling to prevent the pieces from moving out of place.
Step 3: Put It in the Dryer
After rolling it in a towel lightly bind it with string to prevent it from unfolding, it should be around 140 centimeters long.
Now the roll should be soaked in water.
This can be achieved by placing the roll in a large tub, with water, and lightly hugging the roll, to allow the water to reach the innermost fibers.
Start by giving the roll 15 minutes in the dryer, after this roll it up and check if the fibers have begun to filter together, if not give it some more time.
This can vary a lot based on your specific dryer.
When the fibers are hanging together, so that you can lightly pull on it without it breaking, you are done with this step and should unroll the scarf carefully.
Step 4: Now the Felting Begins
Now the actual felting begins.
Start with a tub with soapy water, which soap you use is unimportant, but there should be enough soap in the water, so it feels greasy.
Now wet your work with the soapy water and start to toss it. At the start, this should be done very carefully, while you periodically check that the wool hasn't started to filter together in the together places.
When you have tossed it for a while, you should start to increase the force of your tosses gradually.
When the scarf has crept about 1/3 or has reached the desired size, you can start to wash the soap out of it. T
o now dry the scarf, it is vital that you press the water out and do not twist it like a rag, this could destroy it. To dry it further, you can use the dryer or spread the scarf out on a large surface.
Step 5: Final Remakes
Finally, the more you process your product, the stronger it becomes. If you stop the felting before it has crept 1/3, you will also get a scarf that will wear out faster.
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