Anything labels wool, I would grab it. Got home, start washing and boiling the wool. As beginner, one will have to go through this stage --- to understand wool. To know how to handle and make felt out of wool.
Many of my "wool" collections would not felt. I washed, boiled , high heat dried, nothing had happened. They look like the old same somal. What is going on here ? I finally realized that one can not felt wool with nylon blended material.
It has to be pure wool. 100% wool. Sometimes, even if the label says it is 100% wool, I still have trouble to make the felt.
The beautify of felt is that you can cut it any shape you want. After felting, the material stick together, became very densed material. If it is perfect felted material, you don't need to worry about edgings. For there should not have any loose ends.
So I learn, I play, I stumble and I move forward. By the end of year, I have some traditional made items left, but sold out all my felted items. It was a shock to me --- to see people pour their hearts out to support the Upcycling effort, to enjoy one of the kind hand craft item from felted wool material , to see my effort has been paid off ----- all of which give me tremendous encouragement, for me to continue on this path. Oh, wonderful wool land, the wonderful upcycling journey.
The pictures below shows my first years progress in Upcycling Wool Sweaters.