I took some pictures of the wrap today. It is all nunofelted, merino and silk tops, a bit of tencel and nylon too – all felted into various cotton and silk fabrics. Great sampler really. It is reversible, can’t decide which side is more interesting, the owner will know. It measures 180 x 80 cm.
and some dyeing and carding done, preparing fibres for other projects
so tired for couple of reasons, should lay down, but couldn’t, couldn’t wait to see if things worked as I have envisioned. Nervous too, I didn’t make enough samples – ‘Will it work?’ Relief. It did. More pictures soon.
nothing can beat beautiful texture of nuno felt
Fiona and Marian, thank you for your opinions on previous post. I remember what fascinated me about felt when I first made one: the fact that from such a fluffy material as wool tops are I could make a firm cloth. I am sure felt has great sculptural possibilities, but for me and at the moment it is still mainly a cloth. With limitations – I think sometimes. I find it too lightweight for some garments, not stretchy enough for others. But I believe that when combining tops with other materials this can be solved. We shall see…
Marian, I got my Wild Fibres from PM Woolcraft, it is not being sold in newsagents, only if I subscribe – which I did with them. It is the same company which sells eg. natural dyes… Talking about them, you might like to check Sheep thrills yarn blog written by Cedar who dyes her spun yarn with natural dyes. You are in for some eye candy!
As I work on the patchwork wrap I keep thinking about scissors versus felt, seams versus seamless… How do you feel about cutting handmade felt?
Seamstress in me says purpuse justifies the means, felter in me thinks, maybe, there is a way how to do it seamless. Seamstress sees handmade felt as one of many fabrics a garment could be made of, felter tries to combine wool tops with other materials to achieve just the right properties of that fabric for the garment in mind…
What do you think? How do you feel about scissors and felt?
I have been a good houswife today, filling the cooking pots, emptying laundry bin, even my neigbour Lexi was all surprised from all that non-fibre related motion in the kitchen…
Now (9 pm) starts the creative part of the day, I will do this
Mitsy, I haven’t put away my crochet hook! I bought two more books ( you see how I associate success with books and tools :) and started from the scratch, learning all what those abbreviations mean and reading diagrams. I have enojoyed crocheting so very much! These little squares (1-2 inch) are from the book Crochet Motifs, it is about crocheting mostly geometric shapes. Another on the blocks is 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans. I am sure there is plenty of this on-line too, I just couldn’t resist…
And this came in the post today: about silk trade in India, Mehmet Girgic the feltmaker, Lecester Longwools….
Have a good weekend, the weather forecast looks promising!
Thank you everyone for the comments you left here! So you really come and read this?! :) I always think, there are soooo many blogs these days, so many of us who write…, is there anyone having time to read at all? I am going to keep you busy – I hope to post everyday – that is everyday when I have managed to do something creative :).
Fiona, it is comforting to know that you have similar experience with Procion dyes. With wool and silk I was used to having clear water after the dyeing is finished, with procion I could dye and dye getting paler and paler shades…. Will need to do some reading on this, Ruth Issett has written book on this.
Doda, I am very well, thank you! And I have got an invitation for you and anybody close enough to come to the Beginners Feltmaking workshop organized by the Hihland Feltmaker’s Group. It is on September 26th, Saturday in Dingwall. There is more info about it here.
Marian, you are very close to it. I start seeing patches and squares everywhere now, have been thinking about making some clothes from fabric remnants I have had for ages…. but today I did this:
thinking, as you Fiona do, how to make something big in a small space I have available…
glueing, cutting, more cutting and then glueing. I remember one lady saying how weird patchwork is, you buy a fabric, cut it into pieces and then have to sew all of them again…mmm
And then I carded
hoorey, let’s play!
scarlet, violet and red dyed merino + scarlet dyed tencel
I use bamboo placemat to get the fibres from the carder. Roll in and then reroll, saw it on YouTube.
Finished. 100 gms in one hour. I measured the time today to see if carding is time consuming or if I just think so… still not sure, but feel more positive, especially when I see the results.
Fiona, I am using Louet carder, the wider one. But as I bought it second hand from Joni I don’t know for what type of wool it is made – if for coarser or finer or what the market has to offer these days.
Today, also, my first hand spindle arrived! A year ago I never thought of spinning. Then I bought some wool and discovered that it is superwash = chemically treated so that it would NOT felt (thank you very much!). I mean A LOT of wool in different thickness. OK, I thought, I will try to sell it ( you can find it in my SoftFibre etsy shop). But I also thought, maybe, it is time to learn spinning…. Then in June I saw the book Intertwined and I was sure it IS time to learn spinning, but didn’t feel ready to buy the wheel… until someone suggested to buy a spindle. Of course! So I did and it is here
and apart from the spindle, atumn is here too! Look what I have found on the way back from the nursery…
More dyeing today, cotton with Procion MX dyes, don’t like that the dye is not fully exhausted and rinsing takes forever – or am I doing something wrong?
and more patchwork notes – in patchwork shapes I later noticed. :) I might need a break.