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Frannybee
Warming Up

United Kingdom
96 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2005 :  1:23:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frannybee's Homepage Send Frannybee a Private Message
Wow! I've made a little shoulder bag out of Rowan Big Wool and it felted like a dream. It shrinks a lot so your original item needs to be ginormous but it makes a seriously strong, sturdy felt. I've decided I like it better inside out (with the reverse St st showing) - it looks just like boucle fabric to me. The colour bled a little but didn't really fade. I'll post a pic once it's blocked and I've stitched it all together. Am currently inventing a felted flower out of the same wool.

gibsongirl
Seriously Hooked

965 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2005 :  3:34:00 PM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
I love Rowan Big Wool, but it's an awfully costly yarn to felt (at least here in the U.S.). Looking forward to seeing a picture of your bag!

-gibsongirl
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Frannybee
Warming Up

United Kingdom
96 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2005 :  4:36:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frannybee's Homepage Send Frannybee a Private Message
It's pricey, yes, but there are so few feltable wools available to us I'm prepared to experiment a little. If I could find a UK source for Cascade 220, I'd probably use nothing else.
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Frannybee
Warming Up

United Kingdom
96 Posts

Posted - 11/09/2005 :  3:56:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frannybee's Homepage Send Frannybee a Private Message
[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v689/frannybee/purpleflowerbag.jpg[/img]

I'm loving my flower at the moment. I haven't measured it yet but the flower is roughly the size of my hand.
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kristajo
Gabber Extraordinaire

Canada
436 Posts

Posted - 11/10/2005 :  8:44:55 PM  Show Profile Send kristajo a Private Message
Rowan Big Wool is SO expensive that you're probably better off doubling a chunky or tripling a worsted weight wool. You won't be able to tell it was doubled once it's felted, and you'll still be able to get that large stitch gauge!

Cheers,
Krista Jo
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SpinDiva
Gabber Extraordinaire

552 Posts

Posted - 11/11/2005 :  05:18:57 AM  Show Profile Send SpinDiva a Private Message
The exchange rate is so bad for us in the US to get yarns from the UK - but so GREAT for you - to get yarns from here. Check Ebay on Cascade 220 - there is LOTS at great prices.

Andrea

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Originally posted by Frannybee

It's pricey, yes, but there are so few feltable wools available to us I'm prepared to experiment a little. If I could find a UK source for Cascade 220, I'd probably use nothing else.

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gibsongirl
Seriously Hooked

965 Posts

Posted - 11/11/2005 :  12:28:53 PM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
Lovely bag, Frannybee! I agree with the other posters--check eBay for Cascade 220, as it felts like a dream.

-gibsongirl
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