Tuesday Tip - Needle Felted Join - Patty Lyons | Knitting Teacher

Tuesday Tip – Needle Felted Join

Tuesday Tip copyIn the last Tuesday Tip I covered the felted join as the spit splice. This type of splice is for animal fibers that are non machine washable . . . but wait, there is another way.

Meet the Needle Felted Join

When I want to splice a non animal fiber I try pulling out my handy dandy needle felting pen.  I’m never 100% sure if a fiber will hold the splice until I give it a try, but often if a yarn has a bit of bite to it, a cotton, or raw silk blend for instance, or a machine washable wool, acrylic blend, it will work like a charm.

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1) The first thing I do is cut away a bit on each tail. Here I have a single ply, and I’ve done a bit of a diagonal cut on each end.

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2) Overlap the two ends and place them on a surface you can stab into. You can use a felting mat, or I used my handy Knitter’s Blocks blocking board.

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3) As you stab (being oh, so careful to keep your hands far away from those CRAZY sharp needles), you’ll see that the join may start to flatten out a bit.  You can turn it so it stays round.

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4) Give a delicate tug to see how it’s going. If it starts to slide apart, keep stabbing until . . .

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5) Ta Da . . . the needle felted join.

I like this so much more then weaving in ends 🙂

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One comment

  • Lori H August 15, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am finishing a shawl with a lace knit on edging and was trying to figure out how I was going to “hide” attaching the next skein. I just experimented with a scrap piece of the yarn and wow. What a hold – I couldn’t have made a knot tighter. 🙂 (And of course the added benefit – no weaving in those ends)

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