Next Steps for My Cowl

With a few weeks until the Christmas markets, I finally got back to my cowl.

This is as far as I had gotten before I had to put it aside. It took me forever to get the silk wrapped around the template properly and as you can see I had to use painters tape to do it.

The first job today was to sew the center together. I used some nylon thread and large basting stitches so I can pull it out at the end.

I put some tape on the one end of the thread so it should be easy to find when it is finished.

Time to add the wool, 3 shades of purple.

The next thing should have been cutting up the yellow/orange/red prefelt into some leave and put them on the cowl. But that would too easy. I decided I wanted to put some silk on top of everything. I thought about some silk hankies but remembered I had a big bag of silk lap. Silk lap is similar to silk hankies but much bigger and many layers.

As you can see the silk is bright white. I will have to dye it. I am not sure what would be the best colour so I cut several strips of the lap to dye.  I was thinking different shades of green but maybe copper or gold would be better. Maybe a combination s of all 3. What do you think?

First I had to find the end, easier said than done.

Even with many layers, it is still see-through.

Silk takes more preparation to dye than wool and other fibres. Silk is hard to get wet. I added a little dish soap to help the silk get wet. It will have to sit at least overnight to be properly wet so I can dye it. I will show you next week when it’s my turn to post again.

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9 Responses to Next Steps for My Cowl

  1. annielynrosie says:

    Good idea to mark the end of the thread with green tape !

    Copper or gold could look good with the purple – good luck with the dyeing – but perhaps do some greens as well so you can have lots of choice?

  2. ruthlane says:

    I think gold would be good too, nice contrast. I look forward to seeing what colors you choose.

  3. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    The purple & green silk is a lovely colour. It will be interesting to see how your dyeing goes.I haven’t come across the silk lap before. I will have to add it to my wish list. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  4. Gold for sure with purple, although silver would be a nice contrast, too. I look forward to the next steps and which color you decide on.

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