22. Take the purse back to the bamboo mat. Straighten the purse out and replace it between the netting. Roll, as in step 17, until it’s shrunk to approx 19cms x 24cms. If necessary, you can repeat step 18.
23. When your purse is finished, cut the handles, making the top of the oval about 4cms down from the top of the purse. Rub the cut edges with soapy fingers to seal them.
24. Rinse the purse in warm water until the water is clear. Then soak the purse in cold water, with a generous dash of white vinegar, for 5 minutes. Gently squeeze the water from the purse.
25. Wash the netting and wipe the bamboo mat before giving the bag a final few rolls to smooth it out – about 10 rolls in 2 directions should be enough.
You can also stretch and pull it into shape.
26. Felt will keep the shape in which it’s dried, so dry the purse flat as demonstrated in the photo below. You can make a simple drying rack from a piece of cross-stitch plastic canvas placed on top of a cake cooling rack. Sit in in an oven tray to catch any drips.
The airing cupboard is a good place to dry your purse and when the purse is completely dry it’s ready to use.
If you find that your felt purse is not firm or hard-wearing it’s because it hasn’t been fulled enough.
Fulling is the process of shrinking and hardening the felt – merino wool will shrink by about 30%.
This is a very simple felt purse, but having completed it you are now ready and confident to try felting other things or perhaps making a larger purse – have fun!
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