Two weeks of holidays and two in-service days are over and we are back to school/nursery routine again. I did not do much felting during those days but I managed to list most of what I had made before in my Etsy shop which is a real achievement, I so much don’t enjoy doing this!
I still need to either finish or take pictures of some more items before everything is on “shelves”.
On Saturday I was again felting with local feltmakers and this is a result. I made a mistake (chatting too much) while laying the fibre for mittens, you can see the seam which should not be there. First I made it in white and then dyed with acid dyes.
It was also the first time I have heard that it is possible to do City and Guilds Course in Feltmaking with Arty Bird, now, I wish……… we shall see :).
“Back to school” means back to felt for mum! So, today, I was again felting, this cute soap bar among other things, which are not finished yet, will show you soon. I like this shape of soaps, but have not been able to source more yet. All the ones I have seen in shops are oval. Doesn’t anybody know where to get the square or rectangle ones???
I was also tidying up my “on-line spaces” and noticed that there are some pictures which I have posted on Flickr but not here and vice versa. This plain yellow scarf is made from merino and tencel, fibre, which I use a lot and like very much. It is a cellulose fibre, made from trees, known also as lyocell, similar to mulberry silk (but half it’s price). It is a bit heavier, but with the same sheen and takes up acid dyes very well. I haven’t had good results with natural dyes, nor food dyes. They work well only on protein fibres.
For this scarf I used wool-acrylic knitting yarn which I bought back home and combined it with yellow and blue merino and a bit of yellow silk thread. Because the yarn is heavier, it has got a beautiful drape. I must say, this is probably my most favorite way of making scarves at the moment: sandwiching yarn and merino together, where merino serves like a glue, holding everything together.