Now that you have done the preliminary work, place your wool in the washing machine. For me, I think I would put my wool pieces in a lingerie bag and zip it up. That way they are not flinging all over the washer. Set your washer setting to hot wash/cold rinse. Add detergent and your wool and start the cycle. You might want to practice a couple of times till you know how much the wool pieces shrink. You can always do a different type of project with the pieces. How about wool mitten Christmas ornaments or wool stocking Christmas ornaments to put on the tree? Or I think they would make great stocking caps especially if you add some trims like Debbie did. Just let your imagination run wild.
When the wash and rinse cycle is finished, remove felt from washer. Place them on a flat clean towel to air dry. Do not put them in the dryer as they will shrink more. The purpose of the cold rinse is to stop the wool from shrinking more. To clean your item after it is completely made, wash in cold water and cold rinse in Woolite on gentle cycle and air dry afterwards.
This procedure can work on knitted and crocheted items if they are made with 100 percent yarn. However if you use these, use larger gauge needles for your project to compensate for shrinkage.
Once your felt pieces are dry, cut according to your pattern and enjoy. Debbie used the hem of the sweater for the top of the stocking. Sew a loop on it for hanging. No need to even line it. How easy is that?
Well, time to end this blog. I need to run down to my local thrift shops to find some wool sweaters so I can get down to my own wool projects. Happy crafting!