Monday, September 1, 2014

Re-Purposed "Tee-Shirt Yarn" Project

Cutting the body of a tee-shirt...


                                                    ...into 1-inch wide pieces...


                                       ...then opening up the 'still attached' edge...

                                ...and cutting the fabric into one long, continuous strip.


                                                 By merely stretching the strip...

                             ...and allowing the cut edges to curl into the middle...


                                         ...the fabric becomes ready-to-knit yarn!


                                        Of course I had to try some in orange!! :)


                                       Knitting the yarn using long, metal needles.


                                              The sturdy, finished cat mat (front)...


                                                              ...and back.


                                                Erykah enjoying her new gift...


                                    ...and a close up of its dense, spongy texture!


           Because there are always stacks of cast-off tees in my house (four daughters)...

               ...and because I recently found an easy-to-follow tutorial online...

               ...I decided to convert a couple of 'college dorm event' tee-shirts...

                                                  ...into homemade yarn!

                                  I don't much like the 'feel' of the finished piece...

                                   ...(it has an assertively synthetic character...

                           ...and it certainly wouldn't be suitable for wearables)...

      ...but it's a fun way to breathe new life into garments which have 'seen better days'! :)



                                


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bunny Sample Tote

Adding a needle-felted eye to Deb's pre-felt bunny...


                           ...then flipping it over and creating a tableau (in reverse)...

                                               ...on the surface of my resist.



                  Covering the design with wool roving and layers of a sky-blue wool batt.



                                          After flipping the project to side two...

                                         ...I trimmed the 'overhanging' wool...



                                        ...and added more fun, pre-felt designs!



                      Covering side two with layers of a cotton-dot-studded wool batt...



                                      ...and wrapping the wool around to side one...



             ...then adding additional layers of merino roving to finish off both sides.



                                      After folding down the tote top on each side...

                                                        ...the felting is begun.



                                                   The finished tote (side one)...


                                                       ...with bunny detail.



                                                        ...and side two...



                              ...with a close-up view of the multicolored cotton dots!



                                Because 'representational art' is not my strong suit...

          ...I took advantage of my friend, Deb's mad scissors skilz earlier this year...

                            ...and this set of happy, pre-felt shapes was the result!

                       It was so much fun to have them on hand while fashioning this tote...

           ...and in the future, I think that I'll request some from every visiting feltmaker! Grin.

                         
                                    



                                 

                                  

                                    

                           

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dimensional Felt and Bobble-Yarn Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

The finished tote...drying.



                                 The puffs on the bobble-yarn stayed perky and fluffy...

                                                        ...even after felting...



                                      ...and the stepped ovals retained their elevation.



                              A British friend of mine thinks that the orange bits...

                    ...bear a strong resemblance to a snack food called Wotsits...

                ...and I have to agree that they do look like "cheesy flavour corn puffs"! :)
                                              
                                         

                                    A close-up of the pre-felt and finished felt ovals.



                                                  Side one of the finished tote...



                                                          ...and side two.  



                                                    Next time: A bunny tote!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dimensional Felt and Bobble-Yarn Sample Tote- Part 1 of 2

Stacking pre-felt and re-purposed, finished felt shapes...


                                 ...and covering them with variegated wool roving.



                                           After turning the project to side two...

                                    ...a length of 'bobble yarn' is coiled into shape.



                      Tufts of roving are tucked under the cords (next to the resist)...



                                ...rays of wool from side one are folded up and over..

                                      ...and side two is covered with roving as well.



                                                   Additional layers of roving... 



                                                   are added to each side...



                         ...and the top of the tote is folded down to make a tidy edge.


                                                   Mid-way through felting... 



                         ...the resist is removed and the project is turned right-side out.



                                              Slits are then cut into each side...



                                                    ...for the tote handles.



                                 This fantastic, orange bobble-yarn was a gift from a friend...

                                              ...(thanks, again, Sandy!)...

                          ...and I was anxious to see whether it could be felted...

                                 ...but still keep its caterpillar-like dimensionality!

                                               Next time: the finished tote.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lace and Cut Velvet Sample Tote- Part 2 of 2

Mid-way through felting...


                                      ...and after turning the project right-side out.



                                          The teal roving is already quite visible...

                                       ...through the sheer sections of silk velvet.



                                        Cutting a "U-shaped" handle on each side.



                                                   The finished tote (side one)...


                                          


                                         ...with close-up detail of the felted-in lace.


 

                                                         Side two of the tote...



                                          ...with its own interesting textural detail.

                                        

                                                     With this tote sample...

                                        ...I wanted to explore color and texture...

                               ...using two different kinds of partially sheer fabric...      

                                          ...and two different colors of wool.

                                     Next time: I use scraps of finished felt, pre-felt..

                                     ...and strange, 'bobbly' yarn to make a tote!