Felting. I love it! Have you heard of it? If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about felting it’s that it strikes fear in some people. People who have unintentionally shrunken clothing items in the wash are a bit timid about the idea of intentionally shrinking something.
This is the Felted Duffel from my book, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet.
My experience with felting is that Tunisian crochet is the best possible medium for the intentional shrinkage. I’ve tried knitting and I’ve tried traditional crochet. But, Tunisian crochet produces by far the superior product for me. I love the way it looks and I can achieve things with it that I won’t find anywhere else.
You can felt items by hand, in your kitchen sink or bathtub. Or, you can felt them in your machine. Either way produces a wonderful end product. And, here’s the kicker. Felting hides any inconsistencies in tension. It’s perfect for a newbie who may have a few “highs and lows” in their work in the beginning. Everything felts down to the size of the yarn itself. And, guess what? No matter what your skill level, you end with a project that looks incredibly professional. Yes, even a newbie to Tunisian can produce results which look better than store-bought.
I added a felted project to my Learn to Tunisian Crochet class with Annie’s Online Classes. With this rolled brim hat from my class, imagine the thrill of making something that looks that good as someone just learning the craft! When you take my Learn to Tunisian Crochet class, I wanted to ensure that you could make something in which you could be proud, even as a newbie. And, I think this one really fits the bill.
Like I said, you can felt by hand or machine. Both the book and the class teach you how to go about the felting. And, seriously, it’s easy. If you can do it unintentionally, you can do it with purpose as well! And, just look at what you can get when you finish!
My favorite yarn to use for a felted project is Cascade 220 by Cascade Yarns. It felts like a dream and is reasonably priced. And, it comes in bucket loads of colors! Take a look at this Tunisian Crescent Bag I made in a gorgeous aqua. There is a veritable plethora of colors available!
It’s high time you started felting your projects, don’t you think? And, if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, might I suggest that you felt by hand. The steam from the hot water may just help open up your sinuses. Ask me how I know.