I've been busy making these sari silk flower brooches - and to cut down on the time it takes to make them I've been letting the washing machine do the work: I lay out three thin layers of wool on netting, place sari silk on top, cover with another piece of netting, roll in a piece of pipe insulation, place in a cut off leg from a pair of tights and then place straight in the washing machine on a quick 30 minute 30 degree wash (with normal non biological washing powder!). I then remove it from the tights and netting and put it back in for another 30 minute wash. I then roll smooth with a rolling pin and usually when dry make into these flower brooches. So don't get my hands wet at all! ( I do get them wet after cutting out to make sure they are quite well felted I roll them in my hands - I also like to scrunch them up when wet and leave to dry to give them some shape).
Didn't think I had any photos but just found some!
It's also a good way to use up oldish wool if you can card it first.
Can't find any photos of the brooches I made with these pieces but here's a blurred photo of some others!
And an over exposed one!