I did finally get the cowl finished. It turned out just as I had hoped. I took it up to a flax processing day to show everyone and Jan took some nice pictures of it for me I think they show it off very well.
If you remember this was the inspiration for this cowl. I liked the way the two points overlap.
This is the silk lap side out.
This is the filk fabric side out.
And finally, this is me wearing it. It’s not a great shot of me but it does show how the cowl fits. I plan to use it this winter. My neck is always cold but this will not be bulky under my coat.
I hope you like it and it was worth the wait to finaly see it done.
With a few weeks until the Christmas markets, I finally got back to my cowl.
This is as far as I had gotten before I had to put it aside. It took me forever to get the silk wrapped around the template properly and as you can see I had to use painters tape to do it.
The first job today was to sew the center together. I used some nylon thread and large basting stitches so I can pull it out at the end.
I put some tape on the one end of the thread so it should be easy to find when it is finished.
Time to add the wool, 3 shades of purple.
The next thing should have been cutting up the yellow/orange/red prefelt into some leave and put them on the cowl. But that would too easy. I decided I wanted to put some silk on top of everything. I thought about some silk hankies but remembered I had a big bag of silk lap. Silk lap is similar to silk hankies but much bigger and many layers.
As you can see the silk is bright white. I will have to dye it. I am not sure what would be the best colour so I cut several strips of the lap to dye. I was thinking different shades of green but maybe copper or gold would be better. Maybe a combination s of all 3. What do you think?
First I had to find the end, easier said than done.
Even with many layers, it is still see-through.
Silk takes more preparation to dye than wool and other fibres. Silk is hard to get wet. I added a little dish soap to help the silk get wet. It will have to sit at least overnight to be properly wet so I can dye it. I will show you next week when it’s my turn to post again.
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