Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Just Right"...The Anya Scarf

The scarf laid out, pre-felting.
 


Not pencil roving, but my new favorite thing.
 


The finished scarf.
 


All stretched out...but a little too undulating for my taste.
 


As I mentioned in my last post...

...I made a scarf for my daughter's friend last week.

Since I didn't know which colors were her favorites...

...I went with several shades of pink plus a multi-colored black, bright pink and brown roving.

I made batts from the various colors of wool...

...then laid out them out in color-block sections.

Instead of using pencil roving for the name and spirals, however...

...I employed Nicola's technique of using thin, soapy-wet sections of roving for the designs.

In the past, I've had designs and words sometimes blend in and become unclear...

...when the pencil-roving color was too close to the background color.

For this project, I made sure to use a contrasting color for the spirals...

...and changed it as each color-section changed.

As much as this is the favorite of my three most recent scarves...

...I'm still not entirely happy.

I struggle with keeping the edges of long pieces even...

...and I don't think that using wools of different types, and batts of different thicknesses helps my cause, either!

I suppose if I had rolled the scarf a bit more at the color junctions...

...it might have been a bit more even in appearance.

But if any of you have helpful tips for keeping edges straight on a long piece...

...I would be very grateful if you would share them!!


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8 comments:

WhingingNinja said...

love the idea of putting their name in yarn, and I love the pattern too
very modern.

vilterietje said...

i simply love the scarve! girl, it's hand made, so don't bother about even! it looks great! love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, girls! XXO-

Vicki W said...

It's fabulous!

WonderWhyGal said...

I love it! The colors are beautiful and the name is a great touch. What a wonderful gift.

Fiona said...

That's a lovely scarf and I really like the idea of doing the name. Perfect.

Ruth said...

The scarf is wonderful - I love the organic shapes of felting! And I think you've hit the nail on the head when you said you were using different kinds of wool and different thicknesses of batt. It's hard enough keeping things even when you use the same kind of wool. You'll always get different shrinkages with different kinds of wool. My advice is go with the flow and say "yes" to the organic look.

Heather Woollove said...

You women are all so reassuring!!
Thank you for your kind comments
and help. XXO-