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Archive for September 27th, 2011


Have Fun with Felting in Fall

September 27th, 2011

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Saturday is the first day of October–I can’t believe it! You know what that means: the temperatures will be dropping and we won’t be too far away from winter (quietly sobs).  With the cooler weather approaching, now is a good time to get started on some of those felted projects! For those of you who may be wondering, felting is a technique used with non-superwash wool to make the yarn fibers shrink and lock together.  To get your knit or crochet piece to felt, you need soap, hot water and a bit of yarn agitation.  Check out our Felt FAQ for more specific instructions.  I’ve created a roundup of Lion Brand yarns that oughta do the job for your felted piece.

Lion Brand Alpine Wool Alpine Wool

This soft, wool roving yarn is ideal for warm garments and accessories. Featuring an autumn/winter palette, this yarn works up so quickly, and it felts beautifully for gorgeous projects from purses to slippers.

Fishermen's Wool Fishermen’s Wool

Our classic Fishermen’s Wool is made of undyed pure virgin wool with natural lanolin oil. Soft, warm, and naturally water resistant, it’s ideal for ski-wear and fisherman sweaters, hats, scarves, and more. Fishermen’s Wool also felts beautifully for dense slippers, strong bags, and textural home decor projects. Plus its generous size and natural shades make it perfect for dyeing!

100% Organic Wool LB Collection 100% Organic Wool

Part of our line of affordable, luxury fibers, this classic worsted-weight Organic Wool is perfect for sweaters, felted projects, and winter accessories. Available in 6 classic colors. It is 100% organically produced wool and dyed with low impact dyes, certified according to Global Organic Textile Standards by the Institute of Marketecology.

*The LB Collection is exclusively available through LionBrand.com, the Lion Design catalog, and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City

LB Collection 100% Pure Wool LB Collection 100% Pure Wool

Part of our line of affordable, luxury fibers, this 100% undyed wool roving yarn, is spun in the USA, from fiber from American-raised sheep. This natural yarn with great texture is perfect for hand-dyeing, as well as felting. 

*The LB Collection is exclusively available through LionBrand.com, the Lion Design catalog, and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City

Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Roving Wool

Soft, natural roving wool works up fast for warm, cozy sweaters, long scarves, and colorful hats. It’s also great for felting projects.

Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Yarn Merino Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Merino

Soft and luxurious, pure Merino wool is the knitter and crocheter’s choice for fine garments and accessories. Stitch patterns for sweaters, shawls, gloves, and hats work up beautifully in this worsted-weight, hand-washable yarn.  Since it isn’t a superwash, this too, works well for felting.

Have you felted before? If so, what are some of your favorite items to felt?