Tweedy Samples

Over on the Felting and Fiber Forum,  Frances and Galina have been posting about some new “scribbly” scarves  as I like to think of them. They are made from wool yarns, and led to a discussion about using up some of my admittedly excessive (don’t tell my other half I’m admitting to that!) stash of yarns from the days when I used to crochet. Most of my yarns however are either acrylic or polyester based rather than wool, making me doubt that I could get them to felt.

Galina posted this incredible link to Irena Levkovich’s work, creating amazing felt garments that look like they are woollen tweed.

So how could I resist, I still want to have another go at making a bolero jacket that fits me better….

These are my test samples:

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I included some polyester eyelash yarn on the white and blue sample, just out of curiosity to see how it would behave…

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It produced an interesting, highly textured effect but it rather detracts from the tweedy quality I was aiming for and I do wonder if the loops it formed would catch and pull if I tried to make a garment with it.

Overall I these samples were a success and I’m itching to work on something bigger! I am attending a workshop with Rutsoku Sakata Monday and Tuesday next week, so I will have to be patient and resign myself to just planning the jacket until Wednesday…

8 comments

  1. I think they are very good! Do you use a prefelt as a base? Are the samples thick when finished? One of my reservations…

    1. Thanks Galina. I used a batt for the white and tops for the orange, both laid in 2 thin layers so they are still quite thin and drapey, my thinking is that the yarns give quite a lot of structure and strength so the felt does not need to be thick and stiff as cardboard. I’m really pleased with this technique – thank you so much for sharing the link! 🙂

    1. Thanks Lyn (and Annie?) that is interesting that the blue one is your favourite but then I have noticed that blue features very prominently in many of your pieces, I had thought that was due to living close to the sea, but maybe it is just your fave colour! 🙂

  2. Both samples look good. I can see your reservation about the eyelash yarn for a garmet. But I’ll bet it would be great in a wall hanging. Enjoy your workshop!

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