Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Woven" Silk, Yarn and Pencil-Roving Pillow- Part 2 of 2

Trimming the felt to the proper size.


                                              The back side of the finished felt.



                                      Cutting a piece of dark blue leather to match.



                               (The suede side will be visible in the finished project.)



                          Sewing the front and back sides of the pillow cover together ...       

                                                ...with the 'wrong sides' out...    
                                 

                                      ...but leaving an 'un-sewn gap' on one side.
                                         

                                               Turning the project right-side out...



                                       ...in preparation for inserting the pillow form.



                                  Punching holes in the leather side of the opening...

                                            ...and hand-stitching the gap closed.



                         The wool yarn is quite energetic-looking in the finished pillow! :)



                                                  The blue suede backside...



                                      ....and the highly textured surface of the front.



                                                        The finished pillow.

                                        (Just in time for my aunt's 75th birthday!)



Friday, January 30, 2015

"Woven" Silk, Yarn and Pencil-Roving Pillow- Part 1 of 2

Laying out layers of wool...

...from hand-carded art batts...


                                       ...and adding a 'woven' lattice of wool yarn...



                                                  ...thin strips of silk fabric...



                                           ...and pencil roving (in several colors).



                                                 The back side of the project.



                                                     Mid-way through felting...



                                             ...all but the lengths of wool yarn...



                                             ... have fully integrated into the felt...



                                        ...(but I rather like these 'wobbly bits'!) ;)



                                     Next time: a blue suede pillow back is added. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Stack and Snip" Table Topper Variations- Part 3 of 3

Laying out layers of wool roving from a batt.


                              Punching colored dots from sheets of commercial pre-felt.



                             Adding pre-felt snippets and dots to the project surface...

                                                        ...and wetting it out.



                                                    Mid-way through felting...

                                           ...the topper is trimmed into shape...



                                                  ...and the felting continues.



                                                        The project back.



                                   The pre-felt snippets felt easily into the red wool...



                                     ...and fulling shrinks the project to its final size.



                                                   The finished project, drying.

                         (I'm sorry that I neglected to photograph the finished piece...

                              ...as I was in a hurry to present it as a Christmas gift!) ;)



Monday, January 26, 2015

"Stack and Snip" Table Topper Variations- Part 2 of 3

Laying out layers of wool from a heathery batt...


                                             ...and adding pre-felt snippets...



                                    ...plus small lengths of merino yarn as accents.



                                 Folding in the project edges for a neat appearance.



                                            The wool yarn felts in beautifully...



                      ...and gives each bit of pre-felt a rather leaf-like appearance.



                                                    The finished table topper.



                         Next time: I use more of my 'stack and snip' pre-felt pieces...

                                                          ...and add dots!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Stack and Snip" Table Topper Variations- Part 1 of 3

Stacking four different colors of commercial pre-felt...


                                       ...and cutting them into irregular segments.



                                  Laying out two layers of each color into a pattern...



                                                     ...and wetting them out.



                                    Layers of lavender wool are added from a batt...

                                     ...and the project is flipped back to side one...

                            ...in order to check the position of each pre-felt snippet.



                                     The topper is trimmed into an irregular shape...

                                        ...following the curves of the colored bits.



                                                 Felting and fulling the topper.



                                                The finished project, drying.



                                                     A bit of hand embroidery...



                                              ...around selected segments, only...



                                      ...outlines and demarcates the color sections.



                                                         The finished piece.



                                Next time: more of the colored pre-felt snippets are used...

                                               ...to make a 'leaf' table topper!