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« on: November 07, 2018, 11:52:22 am »

The subject came up in an earlier thread suggesting merino wool felt might be a good material for lining coin trays, etc.  But just how would one find merino wool materials?  Might be easy to obtain by just going to a thrift store and finding a merino wool sweater that has seen better days.  Might not be 'felt' in the precise sense, but probably equally suitable and likely close to zero cost.

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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 01:04:21 pm »

I think I may have been the "merino-suggester"!

I doubt a sweater would "felt" sufficiently, especially something that was machine-knit.  The trick is to get somewhat finer strands in an overall thinner layer.

If you know a serious knitter (not an Xmas sweater-from-a-kit knitter), asking that person to obtain merino and knitting a tight rectangular piece that can be "felted" is not too challenging.  Only a friend or spouse would do this, as it is less interesting for a knitter than sorting a bag of mixed US cents is for an Ancients collector.  However, knitters often create sample swatches to practice techniques, so a little charm may do the trick.

I often take coin photos with background knitted pieces made by my knit-master wife; the color range of fabric can really complement a coin in ways that the standard tray colors do not.
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