Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Disaster Struck" Yarn-Embellished Tote- Part 2 of 2

Wetting out side one.

 
Laying out side two...

 
...and making the tote and handle edges nice and neat.

 
After felting for a time.

 
The (very terrible) finished tote...

 
...which lost quite a few of its knitted bits during felting...



...and ended up felting to a weirdly soft and pilly consistency. 
 
Close-ups of some of the (sad-looking) felted-in bits of knitting.

 
During felting...

...this tote never really came together. :(

Many of the knitted pieces 'popped off' as I worked...

...and I struggled so to get this wool to felt...

...that I finally threw the whole thing into the dryer to finish it up.

The resulting felt is quite soft and strange...

...with lots of pilling.

It really looks like something that's been knitted and fulled...

...and then 'abused' for a long time. Sighhh.

Next time: a project that I love! :)

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8 comments:

Sandra Knapp said...

That is such a shame, that it didn't felt very well, and the damage that was done to the knitted bits and parts. Like everything else, we live and learn, right? Looking forward to the next project.

Rachel said...

Did you work out why the pieces didn't felt in properly? I would be worrying about it happening again if I didn't work out why it did!

Fiona Duthie said...

Oh No! It all looks so promising, with the beautiful striations in colour in the wool! Is there anything unusual about the hand of the fibres? So dissapointing when we've put so much effort into a project, to have it not work as anticipated...Can't eait to see the next project, Heather! xoFiona

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie-I'm looking forward to seeing how that dratted roving spins up for you! :)
Rachel-I think the weird wool didn't 'grip' like usual roving would...but I've got a couple of other ideas I'm going to try out (as insurance) when I try this project again! :)
Fiona-It did seem kind of fuzzy, but the orange wool that I used for my successful knitted/felted project did, too, and that one came out beautifully! I will keep the vendor names in the bags with future S&W purchases, so if I ever get another 'dud', I can avoid it the following time! :)

Cynthia Cetlin said...

What kind of wool was it?

Heather Woollove said...

Cynthia-I really don't know. I have a habit of buying lots of interesting-looking hand-dyed batts and roving made from local wool when I attend Sheep and Wool festivals...but I'm not good about keeping the farm info with each item.
I think I'll keep better track from now on, though! :)

FeltersJourney said...

Ah Heather.. sorry to hear this one didn't work out. The worst thing with is how much time & energy we pour in to TRYing to make it work when the fibre is difficult.. I've been there.
x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah-For every weird hunk of fiber that doesn't work, there are at least three weird ones that I'm happy to have discovered...so it's all good. :)