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Old 11-03-2010, 10:49 AM   #11
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Oh, about felting.... if it's not thick enough, then try felting it. Watch out - some wools felt faster than others!

Ball point or regular... if it's a wool jersey I definitely use a ball point needle. For thicker wools, it just depends on how dense they are -- the denser wools need a sharper needle to pierce them.

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Okay! I felted the sweaters and made my first attempts today! I think they actually came out pretty nice:



For the pair on the left I used the sweater arm method. The pair on the right is made from the Katrina soaker pattern, but I used the arms of the sweater in place of leg cuffs, and the collar of the sweater as a fold-down waistband. I made the actual soaker section double layered.

This was really fun and I can't WAIT to do more! Hopefully my sewing skills will improve and I'll be able to do nice appliques!
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Maren, I just did the same thing. Bought a few wool sweaters at the thrift store today and I'm washing them now. I'm so encouraged and excited after seeing the pics and tips from this thread. Thanks everyone.
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Wow ladies, you rock, they are beautiful! I have a few sweaters I might cut today to make a few pairs!
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Your longies are too cute! do you think you could explain how you altered the katrina pattern for the no seem down the back pants please?
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I have really been wanting to try this. I picked up a bunch or sweaters and felted a few but they were SO thick I couldn't serge them?
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I have really been wanting to try this. I picked up a bunch or sweaters and felted a few but they were SO thick I couldn't serge them?
You don't need to serge wool. Especially once it's felted. It's not going anywhere.

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Old 11-27-2011, 03:58 AM   #19
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I"ll play!

Here's some for the newbie coming...



Here's a larger one my son used to wear


I think most of these are the katrina pattern - bu many of the ones I have are sleeves with elastic added to the waist - or others that I make up from what's available.
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I have really been wanting to try this. I picked up a bunch or sweaters and felted a few but they were SO thick I couldn't serge them?
At least it was good wool then! I actually don't felt the ones I do anymore - but I put 2 layers through the body/bum/wet zone. I just like the stretchyness of upcycled longies too much to felt them. They work great.

Some of them I leave thin and just use as pants I like now cozy they are. I also don't usually serge them anymore - because I like all the seams to be as stretchy as possible.
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