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:



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



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…

Furry Felt with Heidi Grebb

Workshop number 3 and it is still only May! I have been very naughty and signed up for another too… with Rutsuko Sakata in early June, and that will be followed by Christina Pacciani in July. I really need to stop but they are so much fun! 🙂

Heidi Grebb’s workshop was probably the hardest I have worked on felt in a long while, we spent 3 incredibly long (9 am to 6 or 7 pm) days and carried on with homework in the evening, she is a teaching machine! Despite our herculean efforts only one of us (Janine) managed to finish her waistcoat before we had to leave. I finished mine at home last week.

The main focus of the workshop was to make a furry felt garment, using locks to add texture but we also spent a lot of time learning how to take a favourite piece of clothing and scaling it up to make a felt piece that will shrink to the right size. Heidi also had an interesting method for assembling your work from flat panels to make a seamless, 3 dimensional garment without using a resist.

This is my finished bolero jacket:





Although I love the colour and the texture I’m afraid it does not fit me very well 🙁 I guess I will just have to have another go!

This week I have been playing with snails again. What do you think, are the extra rings on his shell and the lip for the bottom of his shell an improvement or should I stick with the original design?





This is the original snail, all dry now so you can see his silk fibres better:




Productive Weekend

It’s not quite finished but now the sleeves are attached the hooded jacket looks a lot closer to finished.

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It just needs a button and some top stitching down the front and it is finished

Yesterday I made another cat-eating fish, cat cave from some hand-dyed Corriedale.

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Feeling inspired by this pine cone:

I made a bowl:


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And I finally finished these 2 scarves, originally I put a rolled hem on these but did not like the finish so removed the hems, reshaped the scarves and felted the edges to stop them from fraying.

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The silk is still very shiny, the photos really don’t do it justice at all.


What have you been up to?

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