One of my next projects, and I know I've talked about this before, is to make a slipcover for an armchair. I've been thinking about this off and on for a few years, and this year is when the project gets underway. At first, my plan was to knit a cover. I wasn't sure what yarn to use, so I let things percolate. Maybe I'll use more bits of felted or fulled fabrics. Maybe I'll chicken out on the whole project.
When I added weaving to my
Before deciding construction methods, I want to decide construction materials. I'll hand spin the yarn, but my fleece stash is currently geared toward next to skin softness, not furniture durability. Oh drat, I guess that mean I'll need some different fleece. (heheeheee) But how much stronger does my yarn need to be? I bought the Finn/Dorset?Targhee to try out. Lovely fleece with gorgeous luster, spins like a dream. Softer than I thought it would be. Will it be strong enough?
I made my little sample, and then fulled it in soapy water. Note to self: this wool can felt. Here is the itty bitty sample, looks like a dollhouse area rug. Too cute. The jury is still out on whether this will work for a furniture cover. It might, especially if its paired with something stronger. Meanwhile, I still have enough yarn to knit a little sample, so I can see how it feels that way.
I've thought about procuring some long wool type fleeces. Lincoln, Romney, Wensleydale, Coopworth, Teeswater and so on. World of Wool carries some top made of long wool fleece, so I ordered 100 grams of White Devon top. Right now it looks more cream than white, but maybe that will wash out.