New Jersey – Help
I’m very intrigued about working with wool jersey and the method described in the article from March 2010 issue. Why was wool jersey chosen as opposed to other types of wool? I have never worked with wool before. Do you have any sources for purchasing material? I can’t find any on line. I’m also reluctant to pay $25 a yard to “experiment.” Since there is no grain in this material, I am assuming that patterns can be laid out in a way to optimize yardage.
The fabric must be all wool to felt properly. Felting "thickens" the fabric, so one would want to start with a light weight one such as jersey. I would try Mary Jo's fabrics in NC --maybe ask them if there is any wool jersey lurking up under one of the counters--they're very accommodating, and can have some amazing things cheap. Lightweight felted wool is wonderful to work with, but I would carefully check the symmetry of the drape before cutting it off-grain. I have washed wools from my stash, about flannel weight, with good results also. Washing can improve the drape by softening the finish , felting it a little, but not enough to make it too thick. Experiment. Wool felt can be molded into almost any shape with steam--think hats. Good luck!
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