Last weekend I started work on a long-sleeved top, Galina (aka Felicity) very helpfully suggested this site on the Felting and Fibre Forum as a possible solution to the “baggy armpit” problem I encountered with my jacket.
It looked like an interesting approach so I gave it a go.
|laying out the first layer of roving over some dyed cotton scrim|
|Adding the sleeves|
This was where it started to become challenging, although I had laid out the wool on the inside of the sleeve before laying it on the body, I had to carefully fold plastic between the layers of wool, cotton and resist to prevent the front of the sleeve felting to the back and closing the armholes.
|Adding some prefelt kittens|
The colour of the wool reminded me of the light you get at twilight so I added some playful kitten silhouettes. By adding the black trim along the bottom this longish top became a short dress but I think it looks great with a pair of black leggings and knee-high boots.
This is the wool I used, it contains a small amount of white tussah silk so the finished dress has a subtle sheen to it.