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anderknit
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Posted - 01/07/2011 :  09:10:24 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had a bad morning. I made myself a pair of Fiber Trends felted slippers about a year ago. I wore them a lot last winter, but this winter they seemed to have stretched out a bit, and they were kind of dirty. So... I tried to wash them and re-felt them a little. BAD IDEA. As I checked on them, it seemed as though I was getting a lot of fuzz and fiber in the water. I kept cleaning it out and I continued. Well, when it was all done, the clogs were (1) quite small, and (2) and much sadder, both had big gaping holes in the outer sole. I mean, holes probably 1.5" x 2" or more. I stretched the clogs so that I think they could possibly fit, but the holes! It is like the yarn just disintegrated - there were no holes when I put them in.

Has anyone had this experience? Have any of you washed your felted items? If so, how?

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Posted - 01/07/2011 :  09:28:58 AM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I'm so sorry. I don't have any experience with this, so I don't have any information to share, although I appreciate the heads-up. I take it that the shrinkage and holes are such that they're not worth repairing (e.g., by needle-felting or patching)? Sending cyberhugs your way.

Suzanne

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Lanea
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Posted - 01/07/2011 :  09:44:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh no! There's no chance they came in contact with chlorine bleach, is there? That's terrible.

I've never had that happen with felt, but I haven't made clogs with felt soles, so none of the felt I have gets that sort of wear. I do have a handmade felted rug (made in the Mongolian method, not knitted) that's definitely showing some wear, but it's too big to put in a washer.

I have lots of nice thick felt squares from recycled sweaters that would work as patches if you're interested. I'm happy to share.

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Consuelo
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Posted - 01/14/2011 :  6:33:50 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have re-felted slippers that were a couple of years old without any ill effects. They shrank a tiny bit which was perfect. It's possible, as has been mentioned, that you had remains of bleach from a previous load... that could've cause the holes.

But never fear: if you want to save them, "mend" the holes with yarn and needle felt the yarn in place. If you no longer have the yarn you could use a colorful contrasting yarn and make your mending neatly in a circle or a flower or some other fun shape and then do the needle felting.

If that's not to your satisfaction and you are ready to give up on them, cut them up into coasters and blanket stitch the edge. I did that with some slippers that turned out less-than-perfect and I was very happy be able to recycle them and the coasters were cute.

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anderknit
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Posted - 01/14/2011 :  9:39:23 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the support and advice. I stretched the slippers when they were wet and as they dried, and they are almost back to their old size. I have been wearing them even though the outer sole is 1/2 gone. They are slippers, after all, and the "uppers" are fine. I agree that needle felting is probably the answer, but I don't know how to do that. I've wanted to learn, and I guess the bottom of a slipper is a good place to begin.

Anyway, I learned a lesson - be more careful about re-felting!



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kkknitter
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Posted - 01/15/2011 :  05:13:06 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about sawing leather bottoms on?

Kristina
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kkknitter
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Posted - 01/15/2011 :  05:14:27 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry I ment to write sew.

K
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shaggy
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Posted - 01/15/2011 :  06:01:07 AM  Show Profile Send shaggy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by kkknitter

Sorry I ment to write sew.

K

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kkknitter
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Posted - 01/15/2011 :  07:48:25 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I learn something every day.

Kristina
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Shalee
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Posted - 01/15/2011 :  11:01:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The felted slippers by Fiber Trends is on my list as the next project! I will be buying the leather soles for mine.

Sharon in NW PA
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