My show is coming up fast. It is September 10-11. in Almonte Ontario. http://mvtm.ca/fibrefest-2016/ I dyed some more silk for scarves. Concentrating on purples.
I did get 2 scarves finished. The orange one with the yarn on it that I showed you before wetting last time. It needs ironing but I really like how it turned out. The finer yarn shows up much more in person.
This one has silk top on it and silk throwsters waste but I couldn’t get the throwsters waste to show up in the pictures.
I also started a hat that will go well with one of the scarves or by it self.
It’s cut open now and had another roll, then my knees wanted a rest form standing. I will show you the finished hat next time.
I want to get several more scarves done and a couple of hats and well a ton of other stuff I probably don’t have time to do. Oh well, I wouldn’t want to do anything different this time. LOL
This week I finished the hat I showed you just started last time and of course the matching scarf is now dry. I really like how the way the texture of the scrunched up silk pieces turned out.
You will have to forgive my pictures as I was taking them quickly because I was cuddling my granddaughter while my daughter was getting her brother to bed and forgot it was my turn to post
I used some of the dyed silk I showed you last time to make some scarves this week. I did the orange one with silk scrunched up on it as well and some yarns meandering over everything.
The next 2 are still wet. I finished them last night, just before writing this. I tried to lighten them up so you get a better idea of what they are like.
I seem to be in a sparkly mood. Everything has a synthetic sparkly yarn on it. I hope other people will like them too. I am going to have to do a proper inventory to see what I need for the fall shows.
I had a small class and then a large class. Both were fun to do. The ladies were a fun bunch and although most do the same hat shape they all turn out very different. Please excuse the quality of the pictures but the lighting was not good for picture taking.
Here they are all busy laying out wool for their hats. I couldn’t get everyone in the picture.
I got some pictures as they decorated their hats. The silk caps were very popular. The first one got some silk hanky flowers on both sides and then a silk cap over top it all. The next 3 also had silk hankies on them. It is very hard to get pictures because as they get wet they almost disappear. All but the thickest parts. Silk hankies ae great at holding everything under them in place so they felt in really well.
There were a few I didn’t get pictures of. Everyone starts at the same time but then as we progress everyone one gets out of sync.
Here are some of the ladies are finishing up the shrinking on the washboard and a boot tray.
Rolling on either of these really shrinks things but remember to roll and not rub. Rubbing seems to abrade the surface.
And now for some of the finished hats.
Here are the front and back of one. I really upped the brightness on the back so you could see some of the colour.
As the hats dry, the silk on them reappears. One trick I tell my students is if they want to bring the silk out more when it’s dry, they can shave their hat with a razor. A light shave to take the surface fuzz off makes a big difference to how shiny the silk appears too. I had a great weekend teaching. I real like teaching, seeing everyone’s amazement as their hat takes shape.
I taught a wet felted hat class last week end. I ended up with four students. One unfortunately had to drop out at the last min.
I let students pick the style of hat they want to make. Two students licked a pixy style to keep warm while having fun outside.
A hat with no brim and folds and one that will be a fedora style.
Everyone one want some like on their hats. Two chose to use silk caps to cover the whole hat. The blue hat has silk that had lots of contrast but as it gets wet is seems to disappear.
One person wanted flowers under the silk cap. They are made by twisting a silk hanky.
The fedora will have wisps of silk top.
And then we got busy felting and talking and I forgot to take pictures, sorry. I almost forgot to get a picture of them all done. The green one will continue to be worked on. She isn’t sure how she is going to treat he brim. Probably she will roll it to get it to the depth she wants. The fedora will get its brim trimmed and shaped as well.
Here is one finished. Excuse the Photo. I took it from a facebook message. She took it for me late last night.
Hear is the other pixy hat. You can really see the silk now.
Just a short post today. I am still getting ready for the show this weekend. I finally got the fedora with feathers done. I felted the shape of 2 flowers right into it and made one separate to sew on.
I sewed around the felted in ones to give the some definitions. I sewed veins on the separate one and attached it. I am not sure if it shouldn’t have something at the bottom of the feather. I am just not sure what.
I’ve been very busy since my last post but I do not have a lot done.
I did teach a hat making class and I will have more about that in another post
I started a new bubble hat…..not finished
I started a pill box hat…..not finished
I started a yarn bag…..not finished
And lastly not finished is my postcard to send for the Christmas exchange on the forum. I cant show you that until it is sent and received.
I broke down and pretended I was Zed and did a sample. I almost never do samples but I have a long dress worth of beaded and sequined shear fabric. I wanted to know how it would work as nuno felt and thought why not see how it works on different colours while I am at it.
The white migrated through more than the black. The white coved many of the beads. The black didn’t do that. Normally I would shave a piece if I had the migrating wool hiding something but I can’t do that here because it would damage the sequins and maybe the beads too.
The other thing I finished today was these flower pins. They are not very exiting but look great on the side of a hat.
I thought I would share some pictures of what I woke up to this morning.
Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to put your name in for our second Birthday Giveaway.
With one week to my guild show (October 31, November 1 and 2) it must be time to get ready. Time to put things together and make a few more hats. Last weekend my daughter painted spindles and here they are waiting to get put into kits.
The kits should be done already but when I started I discovered I was out of white wool. I have no idea how that happened. I had to order some quick. I put my wool order in with my friend Maureen at Dreamspin Fibres. She got my order out asap and it arrived yesterday.
The white wool is the bottom half but you can’t just order white. Now I can put the kits together. she also sent me a colour cards for her wool. this is great because every computer shows the colours differently.
I was working on a hat as well. I will finish it today. I put decoration on the inside and outside. I will show you the finished hat next time.