COUNTRY COTTAGES by Shabby Fabrics- general discussion

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Leslie replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 6:17 AM

Robin, great queation, but i don't know the answer LOL I am using wool

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Erin replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 6:39 AM

I wondered too so I searched it out. I guess acrylic felt cannot be washed/laundered and in the pattern they used wool. I have no idea where to find wool felt around here, I'll probably have to buy it online :/

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I had no idea either so I cut a piece of craft felt & didn't like it, so I used a piece of white fabric instead & it turned out just as cute.  

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Lillie replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 8:10 AM

Robin:

Need to ask a stupid questions.  Probably the first of many.  The felt that they are referring to.... is it the traditional crafting felt or is it the felt that goes with felting projects? 

Feeling a little like the class dunce at this moment.

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Hi Robin,

Last time I appliqued snowmen, I purchased some fuzzy white fabric from JoAnns (not wool, not felt) and just cut off the fuzz close to the edge all the way around the snowman so I could needle turn it. You can leave the fuzz on and use buttonhole stitch to secure the snowman as well. The fuzz hides the stitches. 8-)

Also, when ironing the snowman to the main block, be sure to place a piece of fabric on top of the snowman before ironing so you don't ruin the fuzzy fabric.

Hope this helps.

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When you iron fabric with nap or fuzzies, you can use a fluffy bath towel to iron on.

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Lillie replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 12:58 PM

MelodyP MO/KS:
When you iron fabric with nap or fuzzies, you can use a fluffy bath towel to iron on.

Oh, I've never tried a towel. I just use a piece of fabric. But, from past experience, I can see where a towel would be a preferable option. Thanks for the tip.

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gini replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 3:14 PM

they are probably referring to felted wool.   where did you see this?  i'll see if i can find it.  the craft felt won't hold up well to washing. 

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gini replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 3:18 PM

Erin:
I have no idea where to find wool felt around here, I'll probably have to buy it online :/

erin, i don't know where you live,  thrift stores have wool clothes. it is often less expensive to buy and entire garment and felt it yourself, than it is to buy a square of wool felt.   felting is easy,  you toss the wool garment into the washer on hot with a dab of detergent and toss it in the dryer on high .    you can either deconstruct the garment before or after felting. 

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Robin replied on Thu, Feb 21 2013 4:53 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice.  I appreciate the information.

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Robin replied on Fri, Feb 22 2013 5:36 AM

Gini,

Wool fell for applique is listed in the General Instructions under Fabric Requirements.

Thanks for the directions on felting wool.  I'll give that a try.

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Leslie replied on Fri, Feb 22 2013 7:46 AM

I have alot of wool, and most of it was purchased at goodwill stores, you can get it cheap,  i break it down before i wash and dry it, seems to come apart easier,  and i also buy at lqs when on  sale. wool by the bolt is 30.00 a yard to much for me to pay for

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Erin replied on Sat, Feb 23 2013 11:06 PM

I will have to check out Goodwill and see what I can find. I am not sure of the processes you talk about but will have to look it up as well.  I am going to get my backgrounds cut out tonight and then sort through fabrics for my houses.  I am going to try to do these by hand but if they start looking crappy I'll do machine.

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Jacy replied on Sun, Feb 24 2013 12:12 AM

Erin, if you don't have wool for the snowman I think he will be just as cute in regular fabric. All the wool does is give him a little more dimension.

 

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Lynn replied on Sun, Feb 24 2013 9:19 AM

Thank you for taking the time to head up this project for us.  I know I am new but look forward on working on this Country Cottage quilt.  I have dowloaded all the blocks and I am looking forward to gathering my materials to do the project.   Lynn

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Lynn replied on Sun, Feb 24 2013 9:23 AM

Dear Leslie,  I live on Hwy B about 10 miles from Ava.  So you go to the Dogwood Quilt store???  Small World.  Lynn

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