Felted Recycled Wool: Everyone’s Doing It

Felted wool has always been somewhat of a fascination for me, whether it comes by way of recycled/upcycled sweaters or if purchased already felted.  Several weeks ago I listened to Anne K’s Greenstitch podcast where she talked about how she learned to recycle wool sweaters, felt and transformed them into holiday gifts – great advice and inspiration.

Then I found this creative recycled wool pincushion at a knitting store.  Clever – and it works well.


Oh yes, before the holidays I made a felted grey wool knit dress that I love.  One of these days I’ll catch a photo and post it.

Then today, wouldn’t you know, Kenneth King’s felted sweater tutorial was pushed from Threads Magazine.  You get the picture – felted and felting wool has been occupying some small part of my brain.  Post-retirement, I keep wondering what will take up space in my brain currently being occupied by all things work.  Guess this is part of the answer.

All of the above and the fact that I need to de-stash before we move later this year, caused me to think about the bins of felted wool in my basement.  Several years ago I purchased dozens of wool sweaters of various types and styles to learn how to felt.

My intent was to re-cut the pieces and hand-sew infant or children’s sweaters – all warm a cozy.  It was fun to learn how the different wools were transformed into felt.  I learned what doesn’t felt well (cables, fisherman knits, heavy knits and worsted weight).  Also learned what felts well – my favorite is cashmere or lightweight merino.  I did make about 8 or 10 toddler sweaters; sold a few on Etsy, a few to friends and family and a few extra have taken up residence in my sewing area.


Then I moved the wool to the basement and there it stayed, awaiting the talents and creativity of someone I’d not yet met.  After pulling the bins from the stash, I sorted, folded and posted on Etsy.  Within a day, nearly all of it sold and I mailed it off this past weekend.  I can’t wait to see what the buyer creates.

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What are your experiences felting wool?