I made this vest back in November. I had many plans to felt with raw fleece, but then Christmas came – and ideas never got beyond my sketchbook. And now there are new paths to follow. This often happens to me. Time is still (very) limited – and by the time I can start working on certain idea I feel the need to work on something else. Never mind. Beter to have many ideas than none, although not every idea, when materialized, is successful.
I seem to work in circles. I would sample few ideas and then abandon them. After, sometimes a long period I am drawn back to the old, to see if there is more potential in the design or the color or the technique.
For now the raw fleece will rest but I am sure I will visit it again. I have made this seamless vest from merino wool and unwashed Blueface Leicester fleece and I like how it came out, it fits well, is cozy and warm. I might list in in my Etsy shop, but I am still waiting to see if and how safe it is to post my items worldwide. It has been a nightmare over the last two months, due to the weather, Christmas rush and new security measurements implemented by US goverment on parcels entering the country. What used to take 5-7 days has now been taking 4 and more weeks! So for now, even though I have made several new pieces I am still waiting… and thinking what next; if to stay on Etsy, if yes, then what to list there, if to start selling locally… As I said time is still very limited and I would rather spend time experimenting with the fibre then chasing parcels around the world. But, back to the vest…
To me it has got somewhat country, rustic look. I am thinking of how to use raw fleece in more contemporary look. I feel it’s a question of the shape and/or something else, don’t know yet.