Monday, October 25, 2010

Nicola Scarf- What To Do/What NOT To Do

The scarf I made with Nicola Brown (Clasheen).


Three layers of roving in four colors separated by plastic sheeting.
(DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!)


Cutting into the mostly felted layers.


The finished scarf...a bit wilder than the one I made with Nicola! :)


I made a wonderful scarf with Clasheen the morning she was here...

...from machine needled-felt (some would call it pre-felt).

I stacked four layers of pre-felt...4-inches wide by 39-inches long...

...and machine sewed a line of stitching up the center, length-wise.

Each layer of pre-felt was then felted separately...

...so that they didn't felt together.

When they were mostly felted...

...I made 1/2-inch cuts all along each side, nearly to the stitching.

I then individually felted each 'petal'...

...so that the newly cut edges didn't felt into each other.
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Of course, I can never do things the same (right) way twice...

...and because I didn't have any more pre-felt on hand, I decided to try it with layers of roving, instead.

What seemed like a good idea...

...(starting with layers of roving and using plastic between the layers as a resist)...

...ended up a bit of a nightmare.

Even though I had tried sewing on the plastic and ripping it apart prior to beginning the project...

...when it was actually between the felted petals, it was nearly impossible to remove.

This caused some stitching to be lost between the layers...

...and a hand-sewing rescue had to be performed! :)

The scarf did, ultimately, come out very well...

...but I tried it again the next day with some modifications, and it was much easier.

My recommendations?

Make it with machine-needled felt or pre-felt!

Next time, I'll show you the scarf that I made from handmade pre-felt...

...and a thinner kind of plastic.

8 comments:

vilterietje said...

Seems quite easy though? ;))
Love, riet

Fiona said...

that looks like an insane amount of work. I applaud you for sticking to it. And I love both scarves.

Pinkknitter said...

I thought you said it was easy:-)? It's a lovely design. I might try to make a bracelet to give the technique a try.

Jeanette said...

Wow! I can only agree with Fiona. I would have gone mental... Wish I had your staying power!

Heather, you rock!
Jeanette

Heather Woollove said...

Hahaha--You girls make me laugh!!
Tomorrow, I'll show you the second one I made. I think you might find it a little more 'do-able'!! :)

Jackie said...

Still...with the benefit of the more recent posts I like the idea.And the results are great

Vilt à la Kim said...

Lol Heather, you know you learn most of your mistakes:) You will never try and do the same in any other project :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Jackie! I like these scarves a lot, too. I'm already plotting on another one for when I have time!! :)
Kim--You're right. I do usually learn more when I have problems at first!