Thank you very much for all your well wishes. I am better, but not 100 % myself. I would like to share whith you today what I was working on recently.
I was asked by one lovely customer on Etsy to make a jacket from felt. I felt very honored by her trust in my skills, since she left all the design work in my hands, just mentioning her favorite colours.
First, I was working on the design and I made half a dozen of samples, some of them in a form of a scarflette.
Since the colours I was working with were bright – orange, scarlet and claret, I eventually decided to keep things simple and used the design of this small neckwarmer for the jacket.
It is part of the jacket now, which is made without a collar – to keep warm and add volume around the neck.
To produce fabric which would be soft, with a good drape yet durable I counted with shrinkage almost 200 %. It meant laying the fibre on the floor, for each part of the jacket separetly. Since I was using three colours I had to be careful to use the same amount of each of them on all parts + the same weight of the fibre all round through. Here, calculator and scales came in hand .
Both front and back side of the jacket is nuno felted, the sleaves are not. I used silk chiffon to stabilize the felt and to create ruffles around the edges. All parts are felted to a desired lenght so that I could use ruffles for a collar and bottom edges of the jacket.
The jacket is made from merino 21 micron, embellished with mulberry silk in claret and hot pink and little amount of trilobal nylon, which shimmers when the sun shines on the fabric.
I envisioned a jacket which would be a statement; bold, a little bit bohemian, yet feminine and interesting to look at for a while. I feel I got somewhere close to it.