Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Horned" Winter Hat- Part 3 of 3


The finished hat...


                                                           ...shown here...



                                                             ...in daylight...



                                                 ...in order to properly parade...



                                                ...its rather shocking colors! :)



                                       The sturdier wool that I used for the horns...



                                     ...provided a firmness and structural support...

                                       ...that superfine merino would not have...


    
                                        ...and I think you have to look pretty hard...

                                                ...to see the color variation.


  
                                                       To get a good fit...

                                ...I hand-stitched the hem after trying it on for size.



                                              So that you could see it in situ...

                                       ...I enlisted my eldest daughter as a model...


        
                        ...and afterwards, she decided that she rather enjoyed wearing it...

                                   
                                              ...and would like to keep it. :)



                                                  It suits her, don't you think? 



Monday, November 24, 2014

"Horned" Winter Hat- Part 2 of 3

Applying pre-felt bands as embellishment...


                                        ...wrapping their 'tails' around to side two...



                                                ...and wetting the project out.



                                         Side two, with its own pre-felt additions.



                                                 Rolling and felting has begun!



                                               Cutting the partially felted hat...

                                                ...to remove the foam resist.



                                     Slowly, the horns begin to reveal themselves!



                                          An inside view of the hat during fulling.



                                         The layer of silk gauze at the open edge...

                                  ...was added to provide extra comfort during wear.




                                                 Next time: the 'big reveal'! ;)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Horned" Winter Hat- Part 1 of 3

Creating a cardboard hat pattern...


                                        ...and cutting a foam underlayment resist.



                                     Adding a strip of silk gauze, just at the bottom...



                      ...then covering the entire resist with layers of superfine merino...



                                           ...and at the top (horns part) only...

                    ...wool from a coarser batt studded with multi-colored cotton dots.



                                         After flipping the project to side two...



                                                       ...silk gauze is added...



                                     ...the wool 'rays' from side one are folded in...



                        ...and layers of superfine merino and batt are added, as before.



                                                 The project is wetted out...



                      ....and colorful bands of pre-felt are layered onto the wool surface.



                                      Next time: further embellishment and felting!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 3 of 3

The finished vest...


...with striations of silk selvedge...


                                        ...layered, multi-colored 'tulip' structures...



                                               ...and areas of shadow and light.



                                 The once hectic layout 'mellowed' during felting...



                                                   ...into a subtle interplay...



                                                          ...of tints, shades...



                                                           ... and textures.



                                             The inside of the finished vest...



                                                   ...and the full exterior.



                                        Next time: I start a new kind of hat! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 2 of 3

Mid-way through felting...


                                          ...I cut arm-hole slits in each side.



                                                           My first 'fitting'.



                                                            A bit of fulling...



                                  ...and felting is still required to achieve a good fit.



                       Cutting into- and felting one of the decorative embellishments...



                                             ...yields this tulip-like structure.




                                                 The finished project, drying.



                                                A trio of my lovely classmates...


                                                 ...and their incredible projects!



                               Aren't these bands of colorful ruching eye-catching?



                                                Next time: my own finished vest.