Crochet and felt

I always said I wasn’t interested in crocheting and fulling in the washing machine yet that is precisely what I’ve been doing!  In the cupboard was some Wensleydale fibre looking a little unloved so I decided to have a go at spinning it on my wheel. It’s such a long fibre, it was more difficult to spin than I’d hoped but I managed it and then crocheted it up into a rectangle.

At the same time I crocheted some swatches using Blue Faced Leicester roving. I tried out single crochet stitches, doubles and trebles. I was curious to see what would happen when fulled in the washing machine.

I popped them into the washing machine with some towels on a 60 degree cycle. It was interesting to see that the sample which shrank the most was the one with the largest loosest stitches, the treble crochet. This is because it had more room to bump and agitate. I was hoping that I could use the Wensleydale piece to make a tablet cover but it shrank too far to be useful. Having completed these experiments though I’ve gone on to create my first crochet and felt handbag.

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It’s worked out very well but I thought it should be a little taller so here’s my next attempt. I’m so pleased with this that once I’ve written the pattern up I’ll be offering this for sale as a kit through Adelaide Walker.

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4 Replies to “Crochet and felt”

  1. Both bags look great Angela – from fibre to felt!
    I have been intending to felt from crochet for a while, must give it a go!
    Ali x

  2. Hi Angela
    Like you I’m not a huge crochet fan…I’m much more of a knitter and have felted knitted bags in the washing machine before with great success. However I love both bags and think the second one will make a brilliant kit…I will be looking out for your pattern on the website. I can make it my winter project and if it’s just trebles, even I might be able to make a success of it!! 🙂 SueX

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