Sunday, March 3, 2013

Pre-Felt Mittens, Hand-Dyed Silk And A Houseguest!

Cutting pre-felt pieces...

...slightly larger than the resists...

 
...and sewing them together with nylon thread...



...enclosing the resist on just three sides...

...so there's a 'hand opening' when they're finished.
 
After felting for a time...

..they start to take shape.



The mittens are turned inside-out...

...to hide the seams. 
 
My friend Lorin, showing them off.

(The one on the right still needs a bit more fulling and shaping.)

 
Lengths of silk in various weights...

...in Lorin's signature 'saturated colors'.

 
I recently spent four wonderful days with my adorable friend, Lorin Fields...

...(a classmate from my garment class at Arrowmont).

While she was here, we went out for breakfast and lunch...

...made homemade waffles, cornbread and Frangelico biscotti...

...drank a bottle of red wine, some port wine and Amaretto...

...and still managed to get a few things done in the studio! :)

By drawing around her hand and leaving a margin for shrinkage...

...I fashioned two mitten-shaped foam floor underlayment resists.

From commercial pre-felt ('needled felt') that was hand-dyed by another friend, Jone Rakoski...

...I cut out four mitten-shaped pieces, slightly larger than the foam resists.

After stitching around the edges with nylon thread...

...I wetted them out and gently felted them until it was safe to remove the resists.

After more felting and some shaping on a sushi mat...

...they were a perfect fit.

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The pile of luscious silk fabrics were a gift from Lorin...

...who hand-dyes in the most wonderfully intense colors, ever!

I'll have to put my thinking cap on...

...and find a special project for each and every piece.

Thank-you, Lorin!

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9 comments:

Kathleen said...

Let me just say that it's so cold down here in the south, that dear Lorin is going to be able to use those lovely mittens!! Kathy

Janine said...

Love the colour also, looks very cute. And sp great to make them with prefelt. Is is so great to have fruends to work and enjoy with.have a great sunday!

Heather Woollove said...

Kathy--Hahaha...you poor dears! :)
She's thinking of making them 'convertible' by snipping a line on the palm side so the fingertip section can flap back. That would be cool, wouldn't it?
Janine--Yes...it's wonderful to have friendly company in the studio!! :)

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Mając takie rękawice aż chce się gotować. Muszę sama takie stworzyć.

Mattie Versteegen said...

I have never made mittens, but these look great and the colors are beautiful.
Heather, I am curious what your project with the silk will be.
Mattie

Rachel said...

What beautifully cosy-looking mittens!

Heather Woollove said...

Karolina--Mittens are very handy to have!
Mattie--Thank-you!
...me, too, Mattie! I will wait for inspiration to strike! :)
Rachel--Thanks!

Lorin said...

Heather,

What a delightful post! Your recap of our wonderful 3 days was spot on. I've shown those mittens to so many people (not all have the vision) that said, they know that more will be surfacing. I showed them to the buyer at the Art Museum shop and she was delighted. I'm gonna be nuno felting this next weekend, thinking of you....perhaps a pre felt or so...

xoxo
Lorin

Heather Woollove said...

Lorin--I'm glad you like the post with the 'model'...
model! :)