Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Last Pre-Felt Scarf For Awhile (I Promise!)

Laying out sections of color in my usual perpendicular manner...

 
...and, here, in a more herringbone-like configuration on side two.

 
Wetting out and beginning to roll (side one)...



...and side two. 
 
At the pre-felt stage, I squeeze out most of the water...

...and allow the piece to hang dry.

 
Side one after drying...

...(note the shrinkage)...



...and side two.

 
Cutting the pre-felt into two equal pieces. 
 
Because I am nothing if not a 'completist' (grin)...

...and also because many of my newer projects are not yet finished...

...I present my last pre-felt scarf of the gift-giving season! :)

After discussing various techniques with my friend, Linda...

...I decided to attempt a 'herringbone' layout for a portion of this piece.

It didn't feel comfortable or familiar...

...(but anything new feels awkward at first)...

...and because I ended up with some thinner sections...

...I wasn't completely won over.

I do see its utility, though, and will certainly use it again in the future...

...when I'd like a different appearance in my finished work.

Note: One of the advantages of working with pre-felt...

...(for those of us who don't regularly make sample pieces)...

...is that much of the shrinkage has already 'happened'...

...and you have a better idea of the finished size of your piece.

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7 comments:

Rachel said...

Perhaps you could tell us a bit more about the effects of using the herringbone layout - it sounds intriguing?

Felting Sunshine said...

I really like the colors and the patterns look interesting!

Janine said...

Wow, great colours and I love you make a " marmer" look. This week I"!! Start making a lot off prefelt... You inspired me ;))

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--The idea is to have even coverage, no matter 'how' you lay out the wool. The herringbone
layout is some feltmakers' preferred layout, but not mine. The appearance (blending of colors, lack of 'color blocks') is the main advantage of it...to my mind, anyway.
Kelly--I thought it could be unisex, but when it was finished, it definitely had a female vibe. :)
Janine--That's great! I look forward to seeing your new pre-felt work!

Terrie said...

I do love the color orange-yellow. So cheerful and brihg. Love the scarf and the mittens too.

FeltersJourney said...

Lovely colours Heather! I'm a little late reading, so off to see the finished article now (no waiting :)
xx

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--I love these colors, too..especially at the end of Winter when it's so grey!
Deborah--That's convenient! :)