I bit the bullet, made my little coin purse and gave my best attempt at felting. As I have a front loading washing machine, I thought I give the 'boiling' method a go. However, after about 30 minutes in the pot, all I managed to create was some delicious electric purple water!! It really was the most brilliant shade of purple I've ever seen. The purse didn't shrink one tiny bit. I double checked the yarn I used and confirmed it was actually wool!!!
So, Middle J offered up some white socks, which upon inspection of the boiled water he thought might look nice purple and we decided to bung the purse and socks in the washing machine, cross our fingers and hope for the best!
One hot wash cycle later, this is what emerged.
It's ever so slightly smaller. It maybe shrank 10%? But its ever so soft and the wool is definitely thicker and less shiny, although the photos don't show that very well. I must say, I am pleased with the results and may try this again. It's probably a good thing it didn't shrink any smaller, or as Jane commented, it might have ended up a 'coin' purse, holding just the one coin!
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