Tips on Felting, Beading, and Blocking

Interweave Crochet Accessories 2014 is just bursting with all types of crochet goodness and techniques.  Below is a bit of a Crochet Tip Blog Round-up, chock full of great advice that will help you with your projects!


The Winterbloom Bag is perfect for the back-to-school season with its budding flowers and leather straps.  The crocheted fabric of the bag is felted which enhances not only the look, but also the sturdiness of the satchel.  Felting can be a bit intimidating, here are a few tutorials and tricks to help you along the way.

Free Felting eBook
First up is a free eBook about felting crochet along with 4 free patterns.

Felting Crochet
This blog from Toni features lots of felting advice, including my favorite…. make sure to swatch!!  Swatching is always important but even more so with any type of felted project.  Get familiar with your yarn and how it reacts to the agitation process.

Learn to Felt Crocheted Projects
In Toni's earlier blog, she focuses on the preparation and materials needed for felting.  Note that certain types of yarn will be much better than others for felted projects.  She also reminds us that we are generally making a loose fabric and therefore should use a hook that is a few sizes larger than what we might be used to.

Here is a quick list of felting tips learned from the above blogs:

  • Swatching is a must
  • Generally, yarns with an animal fiber base will felt the best
  • You can felt by hand for more control
  • You can felt in a top loading washing machine for a quicker and easier felt
  • Put your project inside of a pillow case while felting as the fibers will shed
  • Washing in warm water with other items helps the process
  • Keep in mind that colors from the yarn dye may bleed so don't throw that pretty white dress in the load!
  • Keep an eye on your project
  • Once you have reached the appropriate size, rinse the fabric in cold water to stop the felting



Those of you joining Sarah in the Frostpane Wrap Crochet-Along will be using the hook method of beading throughout the pattern.  Having tried both the stringing and hook methods of beading, I can say that I much prefer the hook.  


Bedeck! Bedazzle! It's Bead Crochet!
Marcy's post about this technique is a great tutorial for those of you that are new to the hook method.  The most important advice she gives, in my opinion, is to work at a table to avoid bead spillage (ughh…  I've been there and what a nightmare… I was picking up beads for weeks!).   


I don't know about you but I LOVE BLOCKING!  My projects never feel complete until after they have had a nice bath and are stretched out between wires or
t-pins.  It really does bring out the full potential of the project and is absolutely essential for any type of lace.  Almost every project benefits from blocking, however the BFF Shawl from this issue would especially profit from a nice blocking.

In Blocking the fun way, Sarah shows us her method for washing and blocking a lace shawl.

Blocking without Wires
Here marcy shares a technique for blocking that does not require wires.

Lace Shawl Blocking
Another lace blocking tutorial from Sarah that focuses on the placement of wires.

I do hope that you find these tutorials helpful!  Please share with us your completed project, happy crocheting!



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