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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Shadow Vest" Felting Retreat Project- Part 1 of 3

Laying out the vest resist...


                                     ...and covering it with a layer of white roving...



                                             ...and then with a piebald layer. :)



                                    Adding pieces of silk gauze in black and white...



                                     ...plus a bit of sour apple green silk chiffon.



                          Fiona Duthie and my classmates, hard at work.                                  


                  Strips of silk selvedge are used to finish off the back side of the vest.



                                         Side two begins in the reverse order...



                                                        ...silk additions first...



                                             ...and then the multiple wool layers.



                                        Next time: the vest begins to take shape.


Friday, November 14, 2014

"Envelope Experiments" (Raw Fleece Pillows)- Part 3 of 3

The surface of the second pillow in close-up.


                                                      The finished pillow front...



                                            ...and assertively orange back.



                                               The boingy texture of the pillow...




...makes for an interesting and unique decorative accent.



                                         My two 'envelope' pillows, side-by-side.



                          The natural color shading, inherent in all raw fleece projects...

                                           ...yields a beautiful, subtle look.