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:
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:
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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.