One of the things I always look for in charity shops are scarves – wooly scarves to be exact.
They felt very easily – 40oc wash is usually enough to turn them into the perfect thickness.
Photo: Nut brown felted wool
The downside of machine washing is some of the creasing doesn’t come out….I iron them as soon as they come out of the machine then put them over the radiator to dry.
The other way I felt is by hand – hanging the scarves out to drip dry on the washing line then iron – less creasing but more phaff ing.
Photo: Recent finds
Although finding 100% wool felt is much easier these days the advantage of felting old clothes and scarves is well documented – re-use, re-cycle etc, etc but what I like about it is you are creating a unique piece of material which no one else has; plus you can possess colours that aren’t mainstream.
Photo: Lovely subtle colours
And of course there is the element of producing something which I love; even if I’m not actually making something I am still being creative.