I love felting!
I know that the 'correct' term to use in this instance is fulling... but let's face it, everyone calls it felting, and I will only confuse us all if I start calling it something different.
Just to clarify though... true felting is a process which uses raw wool. That raw wool is treated with moisture, heat and friction... causing it to 'matt' together as one piece
In the process of fulling, you are working with wool that has already been spun and woven/knit/crocheted. Again you treat it with moisture, heat and friction... causing it to 'matt' together, so much so that the original stitches can no longer be identified.
Have you ever destroyed a hand knit garment, by running it through the washing machine? Of course not... but maybe your Significant Other did... or one of the kids. The garment would have shrunk, and stiffened, and no longer been wearable, right? That's because it had been 'felted'. It was treated with moisture, heat and friction. The fibres matted together and the original stitches could no longer be identified!
When I first started reclaiming yarn... I made a point of looking for fibres that were 100% wool so that I could use them for felted projects. So I would take the wool jumper, unravel it, skein it, wash it, dry it, ball it, knit it, and then felt it. Too much work, hey! Then it dawned on me that it would be much more time effective to felt the jumper as is, then sew it into a bag.
These are my first attempts at jumper to bag conversions...
and this one...
Today I am going to sort through my 'frog pond' and select some jumpers for felting. I'll take some before and after shots so that I can provide a photo tutorial for anyone who is interested.