I was inspired by Nada’s scarflette a while back and thought it would be a perfect way to use some of the locks I received from Zara.
I dyed some Merino, Corriedale, Romney and Cheviot wool along with some silk habatoi and silk mulberry using Silver Gray acid dye. Then made some batts with the wool and silk.
I pre-washed some of the locks using Zara’s method posted on the forum using netting and soaking. I wasn’t sure what color I would use, but chose dark gray Gotland locks.
It was a simple scarf layout, but not a simple process. I had never used locks, so I wasn’t sure how to space the locks. I anticipated a 30% shrinkage. I needle felted the locks between two layers of batts using similar sizes and shapes. I also wanted a silk nuno close to the skin. I wet down the batts then added the silk on the back then proceeded with felting being very careful not to let the locks migrate or felt. I worked slow and was attentive to the locks.
What I didn’t expect was that not all the silk would get nuno felted. I even added some fiber at the beginning of the process to those areas. No deal. I worked diligently on those areas, but no change.
I was ready to throw it in the lost pile. The locks were fuzzy, some of the silk wasn’t felted. I left it for a couple of days and decided I’d make it work. I knew it was fruitless to try to continue to felt. The felt was solid. I originally had the design drape to one side and was going to cut the ends at an angle, but I folded over the nuno side to create a collar and liked that better. The silk was a bit larger so I just let it ruffle over the edges.
I wetted the wild locks and used a little leave in conditioner on them. Not perfect, but my husband walked by while it was sitting on the counter and remarked on how beautiful it was. (I never mentioned what I was working on or my disappointment. So, I guess it wasn’t a failure.)
I need to work on my locks skills. I have no idea what happened to the nuno especially since my ginkgo piece turned out so well. Or why the locks turned fuzzy.