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AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting & Felting by Leigh Radford

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By Leigh Radford

There’s anything magical approximately felting knits: you begin with a section of material that appears and feels a definite method and, via exposing it to water and agitation, end with person who appears to be like and feels different. This interesting transformation is what led writer Leigh Radford to start felting years in the past, and has saved her intrigued by means of the method ever since.

 

Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the limits of conventional felting, as she did with conventional knitting in her previous publication, AlterKnits. via 30 colourful, brilliant tasks, she exhibits readers how one can knit after which felt their very own handiwork, in addition to how one can create lovely felted items from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory bankruptcy on felting fundamentals explains every little thing you must comprehend to make the very good outfits, add-ons, and residential decor that follow.

 

The initiatives variety from a short and simple circle coin handbag, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, every one strange in its personal means, distinctive through a different floor texture, an leading edge mixture of ideas, or a unusual blend of yarns. AlterKnits Felt presents each crafter with the instruments to explore—and expand—the paintings of felting.

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Felting Felt pillow following instructions in Felting Basics. finishing Once pillow is completely dry, remove cotton basting thread by gently pulling on one end. Sew buttons to Upper Pillow Back with sewing needle and thread. Thread embroidery needle with full strand of floss and embroider design as shown (see Special Techniques). Insert pillow form. camp rose cushions & chair backs WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, MY AUNT JANE OWNED AND OPERATED A RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT CALLED CAMP ROSE IN AN ARTSY AREA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

I ALSO LOVE THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE FELTING PROCESS: I CAN START WITH TWO IDENTICAL PIECES OF FABRIC AND THEN HANDLE THEM DIFFERENTLY DURING THE FELTING STAGE IN ORDER TO ALTER THE RESULTS. FOR EXAMPLE, I MAY CHOOSE TO VARY THE AMOUNT OF TIME I FELT MY WORK, CHANGING THE DRAPE AND OVERALL FEEL, STRUCTURE, AND SIZE OF THE FINAL PIECE. OR I MAY CHOOSE TO FOLD OR PLEAT MY FABRIC AFTER IT’S FELTED IN ORDER TO CREATE A PIECE WITH A TEXTURED SURFACE. WHEN I FIRST STARTED FELTING, I SOMETIMES FOUND THE RESULTS OF MY EXPERIMENTS FRUSTRATING.

THE FELTING PROCESS MAGICALLY CLOSES UP AND HIDES ANY GAPS OR LOOSE AREAS IN THE KNITTING CAUSED BY UNEVEN TENSION AT COLOR CHANGES OR ANY OTHER MISHAPS. finished measurements 12½ x 45½", before assembly 10½ x 14¼", after felting Results will depend on felting conditions and time spent felting. 5 mm) Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. notions Stitch holder or waste yarn Tapestry needle Sewing needle One 22" leather handle with tabs and linen lacing (from Heirloom Creations—see Sources for Supplies) gauge 16 sts and 19 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st) pocket (make 1) Using D, CO 27 sts.

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