Friday, November 4, 2011

Birthday Scarves

Laying out silk pieces on bubble wrap.

Adding a layer of wool roving...

...over the entire bubble wrap surface.

Adding two long pieces of synthetic fabric...

...(in order to make both scarves at once).

Separating and fulling the individual scarves.

One of the completed scarves.


Taking a page from my friend, Dawn's book...

...I took it a little 'easier' while making these birthday scarves for my two youngest daughters. :)

Unfortunately, this time I made the mistake of using a 'synthetic silk' for the nuno layer...

...a problem that I'll chalk up to vendor hyperbole on Philadelphia's Fabric Row. :(

I laid out the silk bits and wool roving for both scarves at once...

...leaving a 'no-man's land' between them when I added the synthetic sections.

As disappointed as I was with the way this 'fake silk' felted (or didn't, as the case may be)...

...I did get the sense that my 'gentle felting' did the trick this time...

...helping to keep the scarf margins straight and the shrinkage minimal.

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18 comments:

vilterietje said...

oh heather, i coeld have told you about the synthetic fabric! i sometimes use it, because of a special colour or so, and the bits which are not wetfelted, i do by dryfelting. it's a lot of work but often the result is special. love your scarves!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Riet! The next time I attempt a synthetic project, I will definitely e-mail you and ask you for advice and to 'hold my hand'!! :) XXO-

WonderWhyGal said...

Yikes! So much to learn about all the different fibers that felt and don't felt. I love the colors and textures in the scarves.

pinkundine said...

What a lovely idea, I've not seen this technique before.

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--No worries...just stick with silk or cotton gauze and 'non-superwash' fiber and you'll be fine!
:)
Thanks, Natalie!!

Andria said...

Oh that is really neat and turned out so pretty!

Melissa said...

I'm sure your daughers will love their presents.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andria and Melissa!

Rachel said...

Even if they didn't turn out exactly as you originally intended, they look pretty good!

Voie de Vie said...

Wonderful colors in these scarves! I'm intrigued with the bubble wrap layer ... and the fact that there's no bubble wrap feel!

Spinster Beth said...

Looks like a nice scarf for a gray gloomy day!

Marushka C. said...

Excellent work! I love it that you are always learning and experimenting with your processes. Your daughters will love these.

Vivian said...

I was wondering about the synthetic fabric ... but your finished scarf still looks great!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Rachel!
Denise--The bubble wrap is just for texture while felting...it doesn't get felted inside the scarf. :)
Thanks, Beth, Mary and Vivian!
XXO--

Sandie Knapp said...

I'm afraid I can't see where anything went awry. It looks lovely to me. The colors are bright and cheerful, and as you mentioned, the edges straight and shrinkage minimal. A perfect scarf! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Sandie!! :)

Voie de Vie said...

Heather - thanks for that explanation. I just "got" it with your description of the box process. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Denise--I'm glad that it makes sense!!