A cover for my visor mirror part 2

A cover for my visor mirror part 2

On Mondays, we have a social in the guild studio. I think some guilds call it open studio days. Because it is summer I usually go in around noon. I thought this would be a good time to do my visor cover. Jan can take some pictures too and all will be happy and bright. So naturally………

I packed my rolling mat, plastic, bucket, spray ball, rubbing tool, and wool but I forgot to ball of pencil roving. This is essential if I am going to try Ildie’s method of making the design with wet wool.

ball of brown pencil roving
The forgotten ball

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I am not a Mouse or a man so I had a look through the donated yarns and found one that was not too thin or tightly spun

This is as far as I got before I gave up. Yarn is not a good choice. It has too much structure so it doesn’t want to stay where you put it.

Besides learning that yarn is not good for this I also decided I had made the design too small. It will be very fiddly to add the colour.

Now I am back in the studio with all my supplies.  All but one of the colours is Corriedale. One is Merino. the grey bat is unknown. I would say a medium wool and it is a short fiber. I sized my template for 30% shrinkage. you can get 30% out of most fibers. And why do a sample when you can live life dangerously?


The pencil roving was much easier to use to outline the designs. I wet it with soapy water and it stayed where I put it. The yarn had too many ideas of its own. I just did them freehand using the template to keep my design inside the lines.

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Next was adding the colour. I got better as I went along. the first colours that have to be completely within the lines but right up to them is the hardest. When you add a colour next to another colour you can overlap and no one will see it. It will be between the other colour and the backing. Thinking upside down is a hard thing to do. you feel like you should say inside the lines. although I didn’t mess up the design lines I kept smudging the outside line. next time I will add them at the end.

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I added the bat to the back. it was quite thin so I did 2 layers, one in each direction. and made nice straight lines, not that they will stay that way.


I rubbed this side first and then flipped it over. Doesn’t it look pretty all wet and bright under the plastic?  Once I flipped it I was pleasantly surprised the sheep was on the right. Which, if you think about it, makes sense but when I was adding it I was thinking I wish I had left more space for it on the right. So that was a good thing.

I rubbed this longer than I usually do because I wanted the design to set well and stay put. I had no problem with it moving. boarder was another matter. it was constantly moving. I would lift the plastic and fix it. Then rub carefully and then it would move. In the end, I put it back where it should be and thought if it doesn’t stick, I will just needle felt it in place.

It moved a little while rolling but for the most part, it stayed put so I was quite happy. I rolled it a lot to get it to shrink. Whatever the bat is it makes a sturdy felt but does not shrink as much as Corriedale. I rinsed it with hot water and rolled it more, and more and when it wouldn’t budge anymore, I stopped. It got close but not quite there. I am sure it will still work but I haven’t checked yet.

It needs to be shaved to bring the colours back up and ironed to block it. I haven’t decided if I will add any stitching or beads. but I am out of time for now.



16 thoughts on “A cover for my visor mirror part 2

  1. What a success!
    It takes some thinking about when working upside down. Yes, the yarn does have a mind of its own so your idea of using pencil roving was good.
    It’s going to make a pretty visor cover – we’ll have to wait to see if you decide to add stitching or beads 🙂

  2. This looks super Ann and a great addition to your new car. I love your designs, colours everything. Also it is good to know that the spun wool is a no go for the technique if one is planning to remain reasonably sane.

    Great outcome!

  3. I really like this, and it’s so practical too. With the felt/fabric, it’s easier to pin or clip things to the visor for easy retrieval. You could sew a band across to hold business cards and other bits of paper that you might want to keep.

  4. I really love your design, and the sheep’s head in the corner is just right. I did not realise that yarn is no good for outlining, and I should use pencil roving instead. Is that something home made or bought?
    I think your visor cover will be a great addition to your car.

  5. Looking good Ann.
    Mmmm….a note for the file – do not use yarn as an outliner….thanx.

    Looking forward to seeing your piece in situ – a unique designer visor.

  6. Great job Ann. I used yarn for my outlines but I’m sure it’s easier with the pencil roving. But I didn’t have any in a dark color. You did a great job filling in the shapes and you figured out that small designs are hard 😉 I think a bit of stitch would be a great addition.

  7. Like it. It’s coming along fine even if it’s not quite the size you were intending. Again, thanks for the tip that we need to use pencil roving rather than yarn for the outlines when using Ildi’s technique. After Lyn showed us her version of this technique I got a design sorted and also cut some prefelt for the coloured sections, but that’s as far as it got back then. Now it’s in the UFO pile so I’ll take away the yarn ball that I put ready to use. I suppose I could unspin the yarn (gently) and then be able to use it (one day!).
    Looking forward to seeing the cover in situ. Beads might not be a good idea if they will sparkle in the light, they might be even more offputting than your reflection in the uncovered mirror.

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