Felting in the Summer?

By Sue Lawson

Although it may seem like a cold weather craft, felting is a great project for kids in the summertime.

Questions on felting have become very popular over the last several months at our library. People of all ages are now using this method to change the texture of a yarn or fur item to cause it to become matted or felt-like.

Usually 100% wool is used to get the desired effect of the felting. Hot water in a washing machine gets the wool to shrink and felt. Hand-knitted and hand-crocheted items such as purses, attaché cases, and any size of carry bag are perfect candidates for felting.

Two of our best library books with directions for felting were written by Eva Wiechman. They are Pursenalities: 20 Great Knitted and Felted Bags and Pursenality Plus: 20 New Felted Bags.

A helpful Web article on felting is Felting for Absolute Beginners from knitty.com.