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If you're interested in seeing your creations - graphic or otherwise - in an objective way, hold the item up in front of and facing a mirror from a distance of 3 to 5 feet.. You'll be better able to critique your item and tell where another detail may be added, or another color repeated, or an area needs to be broken up with an addition of something.I rely on this method with everything I make and it never fails to give me success!
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Fleecing Wool Felt
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Fleecing Wool Felt

To give wool felt that aged look making it perfect for crafting is very easy by following a few simple steps. This technique will only work on wool felt you can also do it with 100% wool fabric.

1.Using cold water wet the wool felt completely do not agitate. Colors should be done separately because dyes will be let loose and can run ( expect the water to change color)

2.Squeeze out by hand as much of the water as possible do not wring the fabric this will only stretch it and make the fibers weak.

3.Place the fabric in a dryer on the regular setting and nearly dry ( I find that this takes about 20 minutes in my dryer) Do not place both dark colored and light colored fabrics together they will bleed on to each other.
*Place an old towel in the dryer after removing the fabric and continue to the drying cycle- this will remove any excess dye from your dryer

4. Lay the fabric flat to finish drying smoothing out the wrinkles the best you can with your hand.

5. Press with a steam iron

This fleeced wool felt in great for making sheep, crows, penny rugs and other primitive items . It may be tea stained to give it an even more worn look.

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