Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 3 of 3

The finished vest...


...with striations of silk selvedge...


                                        ...layered, multi-colored 'tulip' structures...



                                               ...and areas of shadow and light.



                                 The once hectic layout 'mellowed' during felting...



                                                   ...into a subtle interplay...



                                                          ...of tints, shades...



                                                           ... and textures.



                                             The inside of the finished vest...



                                                   ...and the full exterior.



                                        Next time: I start a new kind of hat! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 2 of 3

Mid-way through felting...


                                          ...I cut arm-hole slits in each side.



                                                           My first 'fitting'.



                                                            A bit of fulling...



                                  ...and felting is still required to achieve a good fit.



                       Cutting into- and felting one of the decorative embellishments...



                                             ...yields this tulip-like structure.




                                                 The finished project, drying.



                                                A trio of my lovely classmates...


                                                 ...and their incredible projects!



                               Aren't these bands of colorful ruching eye-catching?



                                                Next time: my own finished vest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 1 of 3

Laying out the vest resist...


                                     ...and covering it with a layer of white roving...



                                             ...and then with a piebald layer. :)



                                    Adding pieces of silk gauze in black and white...



                                     ...plus a bit of sour apple green silk chiffon.



                          Fiona Duthie and my classmates, hard at work.                                  


                  Strips of silk selvedge are used to finish off the back side of the vest.



                                         Side two begins in the reverse order...



                                                        ...silk additions first...



                                             ...and then the multiple wool layers.



                                        Next time: the vest begins to take shape.


Friday, November 14, 2014

"Envelope Experiments" (Raw Fleece Pillows)- Part 3 of 3

The surface of the second pillow in close-up.


                                                      The finished pillow front...



                                            ...and assertively orange back.



                                               The boingy texture of the pillow...




...makes for an interesting and unique decorative accent.



                                         My two 'envelope' pillows, side-by-side.



                          The natural color shading, inherent in all raw fleece projects...

                                           ...yields a beautiful, subtle look.   


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Envelope Experiments" (Raw Fleece Pillows)- Part 2 of 3

Laying out the back of envelope number two...

...this time, with a 'flanged' center flap for its opening.


                                  Adding raw locks to the resist surface, tips down...


                    ...and covering the cut side of the locks with a layer of cotton scrim.


                        Wrapping orange wool from the back side around the resist.


                                                   Mid-way through felting...


                                                       ...and during fulling.

                                           (Look at all of that glorious orange!!) ;)


                                 The finished envelope with center 'turtleneck' flap.


                              Trimming the excess felt, prior to stuffing and stitching.


                        Twisty upholstery tacks hold the seam in place during stitching.


                                              Next time: the finished pillow...

                                               ...in all of its textural glory! ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Envelope Experiments" (Raw Fleece Pillows)- Part 1 of 3

Raw fleece pillow sample one...

   
                                                  ...prior to stuffing and sewing.

                                  

                                                For this part of my experiment...

                                        ...I added an extra 'flap' during the layout...                                             



                                            ...just in the center of one side...

                                          ...(where I wanted the opening to be).                 


                   
                                        Once stuffed, the flap is easily tucked in...

                                   ...and a bit of hand-stitching 'seals' the envelope.



                                              The felted locks in close-up.



                                             Pillow number one...completed.


                                                 Next time: a raw fleece pillow...

                                        ...with a different kind of envelope flap.