Thank you all for coming here and your suggestions about the skirt especially! I find them very helpful. Maya, I like the idea of something floaty with a good drape and Kneek, yes, I am tempted to dye it. But I am still thinking…
I don’t have the right type of fabric at home and it is quite difficult to match two right pinks as pinks usually clash. This one is more baby pink, but the white wool makes it very subtle. I feel that the best fabric would be something like georgette of the same colour. Where am I going to find it with one fabric shop in the whole Highlands???
So I could dye it, but: the lacy top is polyester and will stay the same colour if I use dyes for wool. I could attatch silk skirt and use the same dyes as the silk and the wool are both protein fibres. I am almost sure it will be different shade though as silk must not be simmered as the wool is when dyed … will it not clash?
So till I find answeres for these questions I have tried to felt a skirt. Here it is in pictures:
This tulip happened to be on our kitchen table and I thought I would try this colour combination. It is so beautiful!
Here I layered 3 fine layers of white merino, pink shades and some green plus nylon fibre – on our kitchen table 1 m in diameter.
Here is the skirt after felting is finished, folded in half. The white was too white and the green made it even whiter and icy so I dipped the skirt into a tea bath, but obviously not for long enough. I was afraid, you can imagine. Still I could see a change towards butter or vanilla.
Here you can see how it shrunk: both ways.
And here it is completely dry and ironed. Not bad, isn’t it?
This is a detail. I surely was thinking more about tulip than a top when layering the wool. The skirt matches the tulip…
… but not so much the skirt.
This is more real picture as for colours.
But still. I am now definitely for something drapable and floaty. I think felted skirt would be too heavy for the top. So now I will have to make a top to match this skirt and find fabric to match the felted top … 🙂
… or maybe not. The rule is that almost always we have things at home which we need: in this case I found a skirt which I feel goes perfectly with the top. So until I find the fabric this will do.
As for the felted skirt, the trick is that I have one skirt but two daughters already fighting for it. So I will probably have to make another one… 🙂
Btw, could anyone help me? When I clicked on “add an image” icon, the window opened at the bottom of my screen, which means that I couldn’t click on “insert an image” (it is out of the screen if you know what I mean). There is no way I can drag the window around. And on the bottom left it writes: Error on Page and Done, but with errors on page. Please, help! I did find some tough way around it but it took me ages!