Thursday, July 26, 2012

Felter's Fling 2011 "Love Blanket" WIP- Part 2 of 2

Rolling up the wetted-out project in thin plastic...

 
...tying it with strips cut from the legs of old pantyhose...

...and rolling it all up in a towel...

 
...then popping it into the top of the pantyhose and tying it closed...

...prior to putting it into the tumble dryer.

 
The felt heart was a gift from Liz Clay to each of the students in our garment class...

...and the multi-colored 'cross section' decorating the middle...

...was a leftover bit from my good friend Dawn Edwards.

 
I love the shiny texture and brilliant color of the tussah silk...

...and the grid-like design of the finished felt.

 
My first two (smaller) pieces.

 
Each re-purposed 'spot' has something unique about it...

...and I remember the garments made from every bit of fabric of fiber...

...much as an 'old time quilter' remembers the origin of each pieced-together square. :)

 
The larger (dryer felt) piece with her two smaller sisters.

 
Although I cannot yet claim to have finished this WIP...

...it is one step closer to completion.

I plan to make one more large piece in the dryer...

...and then stitch them all together into the blanket that I envision.

I find it interesting that the layout alone made the grid-like design...

...with black showing through the natural gaps in the layout of my single layer of white wool.

Sandwiching silk between very thin layers of wool makes for a soft and pliable felt...

...and I can just imagine draping it across my legs as I read in bed, once the cooler weather returns.

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9 comments:

Rachel said...

It will be light and warm, and will give you starting points for stories!

Ginny Huber said...

Glad I ahve seen the next step. Love the grid and the work in progress ..and will be interested in the next steps.. Fun to see the sausage and other incarnations before it got felted!

fattoriafiberworks said...

This makes me want to learn felting. So pretty and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Terrie said...

A memorable blanket. Sounds easy to make. How big are those you made and what's the shinkage %. Good to do one for baby.

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--It's true! Working on it again brought back memories of 'Fling' that I hadn't thought about for awhile! :)
Ginny--Sausage...hahaha! We were carrying the 'ready to tumble' packages as if they were our BABIES in Portugal! (And no, it wasn't just the wine that we had with lunch!!) Giggle.
FFW--I'm so glad that you stopped by! Yes...try a small felt project sometime! I believe that you will soon be 'hooked'! :)
Terrie--The large one is 57 X 36 inches and the small ones are 25 X 36 inches. The overall shrinkage was 30%, but the breakdown was 23% in length and 36% in width. XXO-

Terrie said...

Thanks Heather, the size is good enough for a baby blanket or over knees. Will have a go in winter.

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--I like your idea of making one for a baby!

FeltersJourney said...

This is lovely Heather! Its going to be a stunning blanket anyway.. but all of the different elements reminding you of a different memory.. that makes it really special
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--Thanks! I'm thinking about making some extra felt in a solid color to use as a 'connector', but I'll have to see...