Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Yarn-Embellished Winter Hat- Part 1 of 2

Placing lengths of variegated yarn...


                                                    ...on the resist surface...              
  

                                         ...and covering them with merino roving.



                                                     Wetting the project out...



                          ...and folding in the bottom edge for a neat appearance.



                                                Flipping the piece to side two...



                                         ...and repeating the entire process.



                                      (I really like this bright, 'thick and thin' yarn!)


                                    
                                     After rubbing and rolling to the pre-felt stage...

                                                      ...the resist is removed... 



                                           ...and the hat is turned right-side out.


                

                                                        Felting continues...



                                             ...along with some gentle 'tossing'...



                           ...and the yarn begins to melt into the surface of the felt.



                                                        As the hat shrinks...



                                        ...I'm careful to check it regularly for size.



                                                 Next time: the finished hat!

7 comments:

Sandra Knapp said...

Just wanted to wish you a most delightful Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Rachel said...

What a wonderful way to use the colourful slubbed yarn! It creates a really bright accent - almost flame-like..

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie-Thank-you...you, too!
Rachel--'slubbed yarn'...that's what they call it! (Thanks!)
It IS rather flame-like, now that you mention it!!

Deborah Walker said...

Please excuse me for a basic question you have probably answered before many times, but why do you prefer putting the design on the inside and working inside out?
Love the hat!

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--I work inside-out for two reasons, really...the first (technical) reason is that things really felt-in well when they are worked between the resist and the layers of wool. They are not disturbed as you rub, roll or otherwise work the felt surface and they have time to really attach.
The second (more important to me, in fact) reason is that it's surprising and fun. You really aren't absolutely certain how things will look, and for me, it's like opening a present each and every time. :)

Deborah Walker said...

Thanks for that really helpful explanation Heather! It makes sense, and as I too love surprises I am going to give it a go!

Heather Woollove said...

You're welcome, Deborah! I look forward to seeing how it works for you. :)