Monday, December 27, 2010

Spiral Table Runner

Laying out spirals using soapy, wet sections of roving.

 


The runner hanging to dry.

 


The finished runner with centered larger spiral.

 


A close-up view of all of its wiggly glory. Giggle.

 


I had made a pillow for a friend's birthday in November...

...so I needed a different kind of gift for her this Christmas.

I recently purchased a few pre-made, undyed batts of home-grown wool...

...from a small, mom-and-pop knitting store/farm in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

I decided that now was the time to try them out...

...with the holiday clock ticking down!

First, I laid out the design onto my netting...

...then covered over it with layers of batts.

Since this was my first time using batts that I hadn't made myself (and they were pretty fluffy)...

...there was a bit of a learning curve, in peeling off the layers.

I sandwiched-in a layer of cheesecloth for structural support...

...and finished off the edges as evenly as I could.

Using this 'drawing with wet wool' method lately...

...I find that I really love the wiggly quality of each 'wool brush stroke' after felting.

I also like that when you create with wool...

...white is not such an off-limits color, for stain reasons.

I'm hoping that the multi-colored nature of this runner...

...will offer my friend many placement options in her home.

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7 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I think it's adorable. I love the squiggles too and found myself using them in all of the stockings I made this year and a few purses.

Love the colors you used.

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--There's a lot of symbolism that goes along with spirals. For whatever reason, this symbol really 'speaks' to lots of women.
Personally, I love it! XXO-

vilterietje said...

very fashionable with all the @ signs! love, riet:)

Patty Biermans said...

I love the spirals!! Makes it funny and I think it looks great on a table. Hugz...Peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Peebee.
Riet-I never realized that they look like @ signs...hahaha!

Sandie Knapp said...

Very cute, and I bet it ends up being quite a conversation piece, explaining how you came up with that idea. :) A bit of whimsy is always fun to have. :)

AllyB said...

Awesome table runner! I'm so glad you posted to FAF on Andrea's blog so I could see the great stuff you're creating.