3rd Quarter Challenge and Summer Poker Challenge in One.

My guild does a summer poker challenge every summer. first, you pick weaving or spinning or new this year felting. You pick 3 cards from a deck of cards to find out your challenge for the summer. The idea is to get you to try something you wouldn’t usually do.  I picked my card in June. I got blue, cotton and metallic.  Then Lyn and Annie announced the 3rd quarter challenge of a personal item to keep you warm. There is more about the challenge here:

2020 Third Quarter Challenge

The first thing I did was dye some open-weave cotton I had.  You can read more about that here in this blog post I did:

Cotton dyed and some new fibre.

All the pictures will open larger if you click on them.

My plan is to make a lightweight poncho for cool evenings. This requires a big layout. the start is 4feet by 4feet. I put the first layer of cotton down and decided to use thin plastic for the resist so it would roll up easily. I don’t need to feel the edge of the resist like you do making a hat.

I added the second piece of cotton and sewed around the edge using big basting stitches.

Then I took it all out and overlapped the edges and sewed it up again. The edge will be visible on the inside and I didn’t want the seam sticking out.

All sewn together

Next, I added a very thin and not perfectly neat, layer of medium blue. I want the cotton to show through. Then started adding the embellishments. Sorry about the pictures not being great but I am holding my phone as high up as I can, trying to get an overall shot.

This one is a bit better. Mostly the embellishments are wool in different colours.  I added the metallic threads to take care of that part of the poker challenge but didn’t get a good picture.

These are the 2 sparkly nylons I used for the metallic part of the challenge; bronze and steel. I only used a little. I don’t want to sparkle very much.

Next is wet it all down, and start felting- rubbing and rolling.

When it was starting to shrink I opened one corner to be the hole for the head and opened the bottom 2 sides.

Here it is finished.

And the cotton sides

Here are some closeups

The cotton side

The wool side

And the metallic bitts, they don’t shrink so they get wiggly.

I am very happy with the result. The wool separated out and let the cotton show through. It has a nice light feel and I think it invokes the feel of moving water or ripples on a pond. It should work well for cool nights.

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23 Responses to 3rd Quarter Challenge and Summer Poker Challenge in One.

  1. That poncho is really lovely Ann. I love the colors and the textures.

  2. annielynrosie says:

    Absolutely love it! So pretty – and so practical as it will fit over whatever you are wearing to keep you warm.
    You’ve nailed the challenge!

  3. What a beautiful garment, it must have been fun to make!

  4. pamladds says:

    That is really lovely

  5. ruthlane says:

    Wow, great job! The texture and colors remind me of a night sky.

  6. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Beautiful Ann! Lovely colors and design. It won’t be long before it comes in handy.

  7. Karen Lane says:

    This is beautiful Ann!

  8. Antje says:

    Ann, I can only echo everyone’s comments….beautiful. I love the design, which I’ve not seen before.

    Very clever to combine the challenges!

    How much did it shrink?

  9. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    Wow. What a lovely, unique garment. It does definitely look like shimmering water and both sides are lovely. Gorgeous.

  10. Jan says:

    Well done! i have been looking forward to seeing the pictures ! i hope we get to see you model it soon (but not because of the weather!) will you make a cool hat to go with it? or maybe a hood?

    • I am glad you like it. I will show you the next time I see you. A separate hood is an intriguing idea. I will do some research in the guild library on Monday.

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