Monday, December 6, 2010

Icelandic Fleece Vase- Part 2

Sewing with orange silk yarn.
 


Visible seam...hiding in plain sight.
 


White fleece 'triangle'.
 


Finished vase in all of its bubbly glory.
 


As you saw in my last vase post...

...my sizing gaffe had resulted in an impossibly large vase.

So, while it was still wet...

...I pulled the felt tight and basted it to fit with strong yarn.

After it dried, I explored my options...

...finally deciding that what I couldn't hide, I should accessorize!

I took orange silk yarn that I had bought in Rhinebeck...

...and replaced my basting stitch with large, visible stitches...

...trimming the excess felt as I went along.

I love how the Icelandic wool felted into such marvelous whorls and hairy protrusions...

...and I'm thrilled with the bubbly texture of the orange wool roving.

After living with the vase for some time, now...

...I've come to think that the scar merely gives my vase character!! Grin.

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13 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the colors and texture so much I don't even look at the seam. I like the orange silk yarn you picked.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Andrea! I love that silk yarn, too...and at first I wasn't even going to buy it, since I don't knit or crochet...
...but my friend Nicola Brown (Clasheen) encouraged me to think of using it in a 'felting way'...and I'm so glad she did!!

Patty Biermans said...

you clever girl!!! You made a beautifull vase!! I love it. Maybe its something you should do more often. Hugzz...Peebee

vilterietje said...

i loved it the way it was, but this is not bad! love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Peebee!
Riet--I thought you were kidding about liking Part 1!! I'll have to remember this if I make another
funny-looking vase. Maybe I'll just send it to you rather than modifying it!! :)

krex said...

Fun how some accidents or mistakes can turn out even better .

vilterietje said...

íf i'm kidding i say haha after my words, so now you know when i'm not too serious. love, riet:)

clasheen said...

I LOVE it Heather and amazing how handy that silk yarn is now!!! X

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Nicola! I've been happy with all of the purchases you helped me with at the S&W!!
(Thanks, again!!!!)

clasheen said...

Try dunking your piece of roving in soapy water and 'drawing' the design with the wet wool, just pull the excess off with your free hand once the lines/shapes are exactly as you want. This allows you to toally control the shape of your circles and you can butt the different colours right up to the edge of each other. If you want to(if you are precise!) you can then cover the decorative layer with a net and give it a quick rub of soap before continuing with laying out the background colour. This makes a more definite shape as well as helping with clarity of colour and you can adjust the edges with tooth picks or your fingerbefore covering with the batts!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Nicola--you have solved my problem (again)!!
(You are, of course, referring to the 'Concentric Circles Pillow Cover' post.)

clasheen said...

Of course, silly me!!!

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

I can only say one word- fantastic!