Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 2

Making pre-felt using bright wool batts...

                             ...and cutting two large circles from the fully dried sheet.


                     Pinning my original circular weaving to the first piece of pre-felt...



                                       ...and my latest woven circle to the second.



                                   Carefully machine basting each circle into place.



                  Even though the stitching caused the second circle to pucker a bit...

                                                         ...it's not a worry...

                      ...since the finished purse is designed to have a curvature, as well.


                          Placing the first circle face up on a sheet of bubble wrap...



                                       ...and wetting it out with warm, soapy water.



                                   Covering the whole shebang with a foam resist...



                       ...and placing the second circle face down onto its surface...

                                 ...creating a 'fiber sandwich' with a yummy foam filling! ;)



                Adding additional bright fiber to cover the bare edges of the resist...



                   ...and applying two layers of white merino to the project surface...



                                                           ...on each side.



                                                 Next time: the finished purse...

                                       ...with green leather strap and closure.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Circular Weaving-To-Felted Purse- Part 1

Using a circle cut from a cardboard box...


                                             ...and wool yarn from my stash...



                                             ...I tried something new, recently...



                                                         ...circular weaving!



                                  The finished piece has a rather retro air about it...



                                               ...like something from the 70's! 



                         While I was thinking about what to make with this woven disk...

                                         ...I warped another piece of cardboard...



                                               ...and began a second one!



                                     Using up short lengths of special handspun...

                                                     ...was very satisfying...



                              ...and I enjoyed observing how the circles were formed...



                             ...from the mere 'over and under' of my tapestry needle!


  
                           Next time: I begin to fashion these pieces into (what else?)...

                                                           ...a felted purse!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Bovine Leopard" Scarf- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...


                             ...I check to see whether the scarf is shrinking evenly...

                                            ...and adjust any aberrant bits.



                                                           The dark wool...



                                                      ...from the 'bovine' side...



                                  ...is beginning to show through the patterned silk...



                                                 ...as the wool fibers migrate.



                                                 The finished scarf (cow side)...



                                                          ...and leopard side.



                                               A close-up of the finished texture.



                               Because it was made with only one thin layer of wool...



                                              ...the finished felt is quite light...



                                                                ...and soft.



                                                      This is an accessory...



                                        ...suitable for two very different moo ds! ;)



Thursday, February 4, 2016

"Bovine Leopard" Scarf- Part 1 of 2

Laying out a long piece of patterned silk...


                                        ...in a red, black and white leopard print...



                              ...and covering it with a single layer of merino roving...



                                                ...in a rather bovine pattern! :)



                                                    Wetting the project out.



                         Because the length of silk is longer than the table in my studio...

                                    ...I roll the wool-covered areas in bubble wrap...


                    
                           ...pulling the remaining silk onto the table in the process...



                                                 ...and complete the layout.



                                   The entire scarf is wetted out with soapy water...



                                                       ...and rolling begins.



                                   Next time: the finished 'double animal' scarf. Grin.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hat With Geometric Pre-Felt Embellishments- Part 2 of 2

The hat is rubbed and rolled in every direction...


                                                ...and turned inside and out...



                           ...until it begins to thicken and shrink to the proper size.



                              The colorful cotton dots (embedded in the yellow wool)...

                                      ...become increasingly visible during fulling.



                                    After forming pleats in the top third of the piece...



                                           ...the hat is left to dry on a hat form.



                                  Because they were leftovers from earlier projects...



               ...some of the pre-felt pieces sport embroidery thread embellishments...



                        ...and others are comprised of a layer of silk gauze and wool.



                                                            The hat interior.



                                    With so many colors on board in this project...



                                ...it's possible to choose which section to 'feature'...                  



                                                          ...while wearing it!    



                                                           The finished hat.