Friday, October 11, 2013

A Plethora of Peculiar Projects- Part 6 of ? (Eco-Dyed Helmet)

Felting white wool roving with tussah silk, bamboo and milk protein fibers...

...over an egg-shaped resist...

 
...then trimming out a small section...



...in order to create ear-flaps
 
I altered this 'oh-so-plain' white hat in Portugal...

 
...with the ever-helpful ministrations...



...of my dear friend and natural dyeing guru...

 
...Terriea!

 

We tied both fresh and iron-water mordanted eucalyptus leaves...

...inside the inside-out hat...

...then heated it in a vinegar and eucalyptus dye bath...

...in order to achieve this lovely result!

 
This was an experimental hat...

...as I endeavored to find a new way to use an asymmetrical beret resist...

...and it was a lot of fun to make and dye!

To my eye, however, it has several 'design flaws'...

...and I believe that it would greatly benefit from a little judicious trimming.

Stay tuned for my end-of-the-month giveaway...

...if you have 'designs' on it! Giggle.

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14 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I always have a hard time visualizing the finished hat even when you show the layout during felting. I think it looks great!

Els said...

Oh yeah .... lóve the eco-dyeing !!!!

Terriea Kwong said...

Oh dear Heather, finally this secret hat unveiled and I can see it clear. Your placement of the leaves just beautiful !

Felicity said...

Can't see any "flaws", it's just great!

Sandra Knapp said...

I like the way the cloth was dyed.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, all...I'm so happy that you like it! XO

Vivian said...

I would have never guessed the egg shape in the first picture would turn out to be a hat. Great work as always!

Alyluvsminialbums said...

This is awesome! Who'd have believed that you can create a hat like this from an egg shaped resist? Guess you can tell I'm quite new to the world of felting? :o)
Aly

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian-Thanks so much!
Aly-This was my year to finally get a bit of experience with hatmaking. It's quite a forgiving endeavor, actually...and you can be remarkably free with your template...choosing where to cut the 'head hole' after you see how it felts! :)

yvette said...

this is happy experimenting
great outcome
you arg such a talent

Heather Woollove said...

Yvette--Thank you so much!

FeltersJourney said...

Luuurve the eco dye effect! Looking forward to seeing the finished article :)
xoxo

Rachel said...

Gorgeous!

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah-It is going to fall to someone else to complete this one!
Rachel- Thank-you!