I recently taught a class about an hour north of where I live. I had 4 lovely ladies in the class and we had a great time making the scarves.
Here are thier layouts just before wetting.
And after much rubbing and rolling and a lunch break in the middle
They had some lovely scarves, this is the wool side.
And the silk side.
These where still wet so they will all lighten up as they dry. The difference in length is mostly do the lay out direction ( across or up and down) and some to how much fulling each person wanted to do. Everyone seemed happy with thier results so that makes me happy too.
This week I have been working on some short ruffle scarves. They go just around your neck. I need to build my inventory for the fall shows.
I lay them out in the usual ruffle configuration. I have a template under my plastic so they are all the same and one end isn’t smaller than the other. This is the class I will be teaching at Almonte fibrefest this September. http://almontefibrefest.ca/workshop/ruffle-scarf/
I do not have many in prosses pictures. I got into a groove and forgot to take them. This is what thy look like finished but wet. These ones are nuno felt as well. The purple and turquoise one is an upcycled scarf someone gave me. I wasn’t sure how it would work but it felted right in.
I think they look like dumbbells when you roll them up for storage. I hope people like them. They are nice inside your coat. You can leave them up like a tall collar to keep the wind out or fold them down over you coat. Either way the are warm and fashionable. I almost forgot to tell you I will put a button on each one.
First I wet one side. I use the resist to press the wool down and make sure it will be wet where I need it to be.
Next I add one of the pieces of silk.
Then I add the resist and the 2 pieces used to close the bag.
Next I add the second piece of silk and wrap the wool around everything
I add the second side of wool and wrap that around too.
After I’ve done that to all the pieces I add some embellishments. I am using a multicoloured top for grass on the blue one and the pink one got a rolled up ball of silk scraps. I covered the ball with more pink wool and will cut the top off near the end.
This is after several rollings. you can see they are curling as they shrink.
I cut the slit for the bag and rub it with well soaped fingers to heal the cut edges.
Next will be more rolling and some throwing to get the fulling done. I will show you the finished bags next time and some I finished with some embroidery.
Here’s another one of the nuno felt pieces I made in April.
This one was originally supposed to go this way with the silk at the top being the sky.
But then I decided to turn it into a sunset and this orientation worked better for that. So the silk became the lake.
I added some tree shapes in hand dyed cheese cloth.
Then ironed those down with fusible. The fusible keeps them in place when free motion machine stitching and prevents the foot from catching on the loose pieces and moving them around.
I then added machine stitching to the trees, made shadows on to the lake and created the sunset. I also added a few lines to the water to make it look a bit more lake like. I used a variety of thread colors especially in the sunset.
Here is the result and better than I expected. About halfway through the sunset, I thought it was going to look terrible but I pushed on through and it worked. I wish the sun wasn’t so near the center of the piece but I do think it looks better when it is cropped and I can change the cropping if I really want to cut a little bit more off the right edge. I have two more of these to go and then I need to get them all framed. The set of 6 will be shown in an exhibition in September.
This is the second in the series of nuno felted landscapes that I am working on. It is the only one that is a horizontal presentation. All the others are vertical.
Here is how it started after felting and before stitching. I wanted to add some aspen trees in the background and red twig dogwood bushes in the foreground. I did several sketches of other ideas but decided that I like this idea best. I originally planned on stitching the trees with white, grey and black threads. But then I decided I would do something more in the style of Wolf Kahn. His trees are always really colorful so I thought I would give it a try.
I started with what I thought was a fairly dark pink thread. As you can see, these trees just sank right into the background and were nearly the same value. So I needed much darker darks and paler lights. Back to the thread box. I should have had a small sample in the same colors to try out my threads but I didn’t have that available. So I just kept going.
Here are the trees after I added more darks and more highlights. You can click on the photo to see a bit closer. I did add some more highlights to the trees on the left hand side. The trees are stitched with a variety of dark purples, reds, pinks and lavenders.
I then added the red twig dogwood bushes. These are stitched with a dark wine red, medium red and then a variegated thread that is red, orange and purple.
And here is the completed piece. The uncropped version on the left and the cropped version on the right. I might crop even a little bit more off the bottom. It’s a very colorful piece and I do like how the colorful trees look like the morning sun is shining on them.
The second quarter is already here, I am not sure how that happened. I think using fabric as a surface design instead of a base is a good idea for the second quarter. Use cotton or silk or rayon or what ever you like to make some surface designs. You can make texture or pattern.
Try a mosaic? (I think one is Zed’s)
or making a picture? I made this to practice machine embroidery on.
The wet felting classes at the Well Being centre are a great time for experimenting. One of our members often brings in offcuts and scraps of fabric, so I thought I’d try some out. I used some scraps of my stranded scarves with a couple of offcuts and some 18.5 mic Merino:
I laid the wool out very finely, cobweb thin really:
The fabric offcut rippled into a nice texture:
I used just two fabrics for this one, strips from a green viscose scarf and strips from a very pale green/beige/ blue charity shop dress which I was convinced was silk until I did a burn test, very realistic imitation!
I laid the 18.5 mic Merino wool tops thicker on this piece, though they were still quite fine. I also didn’t go right upto the edges of the fabric:
The ripple textures were interesting, the viscose seemed to ripple more vertically, and the imitation silk more horizontally:
We had a new member come to the group last week, so I made a soft wispy piece with her:
Texture close up:
I hope you enjoy the hollidays/festivities these next couple of weeks 🙂
Here are a couple more scarves I made for the recent Winter fair. I think apart from the Burgundy/Pink/Orange/Yellow one I showed last week, they were all nuno-felt scarves. Both of these were made with 18.5 mic Merino and hand dyed cotton scrim. I embellished this first one with hand dyed bamboo top:
I don’t know if you remember the nuno scarf sample I made and showed a few weeks ago using irregular pieces of scrim, but I wanted to do a few variations of that. I first cut a strip of subtley variegated lemon/yellow scrim to size, then cut the strip into roughly even pieces and re-arranged them before adding the Merino on top:
That one used similarly sized pieces, but this next one used more irregular shapes. I didn’t want to make the overall shape of the scarf quite as irregular as the sample though, just more ‘uneven’. I got out lots of pieces of scrim in blues, greens and grey shades and ironed them-apparently those big plastic craft tables bend from heat more easily than I thought! I laid the pieces out on the template, and overlapped them in places for a bit more texture. Then I chose some 18.5 mic Merino in similar colours and matched the wool layout to the scrim.
It was interesting to just follow the colours of the scrim instead of planning the colour layout, it was a lot more random:
I really like the scrim side, it is so texturey and reminds me of lots of different landscapes:
I made a short, wide scarf/wrap similar to the white scarf I showed last time, using natural cotton scrim and 18.5 mic Merino:
It’s about 3 times as wide as the scarf, and I didn’t scrunch the scrim first:
I used 3 different cellulose fibres for embellishing this: Viscose, Rose and Tencel, this is the Viscose:
I made a few scarves for the craft fair this last weekend, the weather was predicted to be sub-zero, so I thought I’d get lucky. But this is Manchester, we all have a scarf collection and everyone had come prepared, mostly with ‘scarves’ which wouldn’t look out of place on a double bed!! This is a bright, colourful one I made, I always prefer the side where the wispy ends of the wool tops overlap (or underlap since they’re laid first) the next colour:
This is the other side where the colours are in blocks: