2.24.2016

Felting is Fabulous

Felting really is fabulous! And magical! One of the reasons Felted Button exists is because I love felting my crochet designs--with colorful button adornments, of course, too. But here are six reasons why I love felting so much...
Felting is Fabulous (Felted Crochet Patterns by Susan Carlson of Felted Button)

1. Mistakes can easily be hidden so there's less frogging and professional finish work required. And it's almost impossible to mess up when felting.

It's Stashing Tote Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button


2. The fabric is dense and strong--perfect for rugs, bags (that don't need to be lined), slippers, belts, and home decor. Here's a creative idea I came up with using felted grannies:


Felted Yardstick Sleeve by Susan Carlson of Felted Button--Colorful Crochet Patterns

A yardstick/meterstick sleeve! It was quick to make and holds them perfectly. I made a little vine-like tie to hang them. Ta-dah! It's perfect. And colorful--but that's for #3.
3. The wool colors stay vibrant and there are so many happy ones from which to choose.

Jolly Jester Rug Crochet Pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

And, again, a perfect fabric for rugs--super durable and easy to wash (Heck, it's already felted so no worries about it shrinking. If anything it serves to reshape and improve it.) And did I say, vibrant colors!?
4. Because the fibers bind so tightly to each other--NO ENDS TO WEAVE. You just neatly trim them after you are complete. No excuse for not using all of the color you want!

Trimmed felted ends from Jolly Jester Rug crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
5. The fabric is so forgiving. You can form and tug and pull while damp to get to the desired shape and dimensions. Just rewash/dampen it if you want to change it a bit. And it is really easy to stitch into--adding embroidery, buttons and straps--like I did on this nifty cross-body bag.


6. You can felt really large items (best done in a washing machine) or teeny ones that can be done by hand at a sink or in a bowl in minutes. The little bits can be added as terrific embellishments for gloves, hats, and other pieces.
Ribbed Wristers crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Ribbed Wristers crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
I have two different FREE felted projects for you to try your hand at felting. All you need is some bits of feltable wool (I prefer 100%), a crochet hook, some hot water and a wee bit of soap. (By the way, superwash wool will NOT felt--it has been treated so it won't respond to the heat and agitation which causes wool fibers to bind to themselves.)
Berries and Blooms Garland crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
It's called Berries & Blooms Garland, and it is in a tidy PDF with felting instructions included. (Click "download now" above.)
Or you can try these Wee Felted Blooms:
Wee Felted Blooms crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
Before felting.
Wee Felted Blooms crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button
After felting.
The pattern is found right HERE on my blog and is super quick and fun. Although I turned these into a colorful little bunting, I think they would make terrific embellishments for a hat, gloves, headband, or home storage.

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

| On the Board | -- The course of our lives is not determined by great, awesome decisions. Our direction is set by the little day-to-day choices which chart the track on which we run. ~~Gordon B. Hinckley
Susan Carlson of Felted Button -- Colorful Crochet Patterns



6 comments:

  1. Mahalo for sharing your felted garland pattern. The link doesn't work but I Googled it and faved it on Rav. I love that sushi roll. It reminds me of when me and my mum used to find these cute sushi magnets made out of felt.

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    1. You are very welcome. I fixed the link. I hope you enjoy the pattern.

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  2. Oh Suzan! Until now I didn't understand the relationship between felt and yarn! The title of your "crochet blog" never made sense to me! My mind is simply blown. I can't wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing this with me. I've been stalking your blog all day trying to uncover your techniques and experience. :) I love your beautiful projects and I hope to be able to crochet like you do. You are my hero.

    Your Niece,
    - Jesika Neemann

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jesika! Please let me know if you need help with anything. This yarny thing really is fun!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Jesika! Please let me know if you need help with anything. This yarny thing really is fun!

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