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A Spring Shawl

A Spring Shawl

This is a throwback post. We had a very busy first day at the farmers market. The busiest day we have ever had. We had what we thought was a 3-week supply of Pasties and sold all but 2 of them. So there will be no felting this week while I restock 4 flavours of pasties for next week and hopefully enough to last more than one week. So, I hope you enjoy this post from a few years ago.

The museum store wanted some shawls that are more “springy”.  This is the first one.

It is a pastel pink and blue silk with pale pink wool on 2/3 of it. I then added some silk hanky flowers and leaves at each end and in the middle. It was to plane so I added some more leaves down the length. At this point, I remembered to take some pictures.

pink-shawl-silk-flowerspink-shawl-left-end pink-shawl-middle pink-shawl-right-end

The pink wool is in a very thin layer so it will be very lightweight for spring. The finished piece is about 15 inches wide so it can be a small shawl or a wide scarf.

finished-spring-shawl finished-spring-shawl-wool-side-2

finished-spring-shawl-wool-side-1 finished-spring-shawl-silk-side

I like doing shawls with a silk section left to float as you walk.

The pictures are in my studio, taken hastily as my turn to blog snuck up on me. Everyone seems to be complaining about it being too dull outside to take pictures. I have the opposite problem. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the ground is covered in white highly reflective snow. It is blinding out there.

Are you thinking about spring things with soft colours or are you still in hibernation with warms cozy colours?



Making some progress and free give away reminder

Making some progress and free give away reminder

I want to remind everyone you only have a few days left to enter the free draw for a spot in Terri’s Concertina Hat Class. The last day to enter is July 28. Just follow the link.

I finished my triangle scarf this week.

The wool side

finished orange and purple shawl wool side finished orange and purple shawl wool side close

The silk side

finished orange and purple shawl silk side finished orange and purple shawl silk side close

There wasn’t that much shrinkage as it is very cobwebby on the wool side.

I finished the prefelt for the building on a Picture I am working on.

prefelt for picture.

I cut some circles to make little earbud pouches.  Sorry I can’t right now remember who had this great idea to use scrap piece for felt for this. I want to keep my square credit card reader in one.

circles for pouches

I made 2 pieces specially to cut up.

felt for cutting1 felt for cutting1 close angle felt for cutting 2 felt for cutting 2 close angle

I love the way the silk throwsters waist seems to hover on the felt even though it is well attached. The blue one isn’t firm enough so I will rewet it and full it some more.

I also started 2 more. I laid the wool out first. The first one I used on large piece of silk  on top . I added the roving so you could see the colour. I wanted something a little more “masculine”.

peice for cutting dry

The other one I want more texture from the silk so I had to wet the back ground so the silk would stay where and how I put it. I then added some synthetic yarn and put tiny amounts of wool to bridge it and hold it down.  I really like how it looks so I think I will make a scarf in the same design. It is very dark in the picture because it is wet.

peice for cutting 2 wet peice for cutting 2 close angle wet

So that’s been my week in felt.  I hope you have been able to play with some fibers too. Don’t forget to enter the draw for a free hat class.

I had a Bad Cold

I had a Bad Cold

While I was sick I didn’t do any felting. I just didn’t have the energy. I have been knitting and reading cheesy books.

This is the knitting:

my knit shawl

It is a shawl. I have been knitting it on and off for a year. I am a slow knitter. I got the idea at an “Art in the Park” event. Someone had a bunch of similar ones for sale. You knit, knit knit  and every so far you add in two fancy yarns. I am not sure how long it should be. I think  I will make it really long so I can throw it over my shoulder. That might take another couple of years.

The other thing I did was reach some “bad” novels. You know the guilty pleasure kind. They are the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels. They are not deep reading but they are great fun to read. I read 8 in the last 2 weeks.

I am feeling much better now and hope to get back to some felting soon.





Spiral Challenge

Spiral Challenge

This is my first item for the spiral challenge. It’s a large heavy shawl I made for a cool fall demonstration. It started out about 10 feet across the long side and 4 feet from the point to the top.  After felting it’s about 8 feet long and 3 feet deep.  The main body is 23 micron merino wool and the spirals are multicoloured merino. It is lovely and warm.

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