Thinking about doing some samples

Thinking about doing some samples

Today I am looking forward to having a little time to do some felting….well in the not-too-distant future. Today is the last day of the regular farmers’ market. There will be a bit of a break before we need to bake for the Christmas markets. I will need to make more meat pies and stock up the freezer with uncooked but ready-to-bake items but that is not as much of a rush.


One thing I want to do is make a big pullover/sweater/coat sort of thing. See the bad sketch below. I would like to be able to pull it on over my head but may have to opt for a zipper up the middle. all the squiggles in the second picture are scrunched-up silk…maybe.


Hopefully reversible. I think I want pockets. I am wondering if I should try side pockets like you get in a skirt seam or patch pockets inside and out.



I know I won’t get it done anytime soon, but I would like to do some sampling, and try out some different fabrics for backing and embellishment. I also want to try a sandwich of cotton/wool/silk, silk/wool/silk and cotton/wool/cotton along with the traditional wool on one side and fabric on the other.  I need to try some different wools too. I know merino is likely to pill a lot if not covered in something and I have Corriedale and some BFL that I should try.

Colour is another variable of course. My fallback would be grey with accent colours (I really like grey and red together) or purple, I don’t know.

13 thoughts on “Thinking about doing some samples

  1. You’ve worn me out Ann with all that thinking! I’ve only ever made one seamless garment and I don’t think I ever did wear it- at least not in public! Now it all seems too much work – I’d rather make a large piece of fabric and then cut and sew. One day I may even finish the one I started just before we went into lockdown for the first time.
    So, more power to your elbow Ann. I am looking forward to seeing how you get on with this project.
    I wish I was a bit nearer so I could sample your baking, which Jan tells us is so good.

    1. It is a big project and I agree if you want something that fits cutting and sewing is the way to go. I want this to be an oversized garment with little shape. I did a vest ( waist coat/gimlet?) not long after I started. It was boxy and ill fitting. With the help of my friend Linda we cut it here and there and sewed it back up. It ended up quite nice. I think I would do a much better job now of getting it to fit properly first time. I could mail you a tart but I don’t think it would be very tasty when it got there.

  2. I looked at this post just before lunch and the sight of your delicious baking made my stomach rumble.

    Good luck with the project – it sounds very ambitious but giving yourself a tug out of your comfort zone is a good thing. How do you know for sure you won’t get it done? After a bit of sampling you may change your mind.
    One thing is for sure – you’re gonna need a big table!

    1. Good thing it was lunch time. I will get it done eventually, just not quickly. I will need a lot of sampling first I think. I do have a big table to work on so I am good there.

  3. The baked items look scrumptious! I hope you get some sampling done for your coat. That’s a really big project for sure. It will be interesting to watch your process. So start sampling!!

    1. Thanks Ruth. I would share but its a bit far to go. I have to go searching through my sorted boxes to find things I need this week. I have people asking for dryer balls and soap. The wool and the soap are boxed. I am hoping to find some things to sample with too.

  4. Your sketch looks similar to The Einstein Coat, it is on ravelry if you would like to take a look.

    1. Hi most of the measurements are in one of the photos but I will remeasure before I start to make up the pattern. I have a Rubinesque figure. Once I have the shrinkage rates for the samples I will calculate the measurements for the template.

  5. All that sampling sounds like fun to try out. I hope you take lots of photos of the process for a future blog. Have to make a bakery run now so I can satisfy my sweet tooth! I doubt whatever I get will be as tasty as your plateful of goodies!

    1. I am looking forward to the sampling. This is unusual for me I like to dive right in. My plan is lots of pictures. I hope your sweet tooth has settled down, now it’s had a bakery fix.

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