Winter Sky: Carded Batt for Art Yarn

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Published in: on September 26, 2019 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Mat with Dots & Curly Wool Locks

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Published in: on August 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carded Batt Set for Spinning Art Yarn: Poodle Skirt Theme

A blend of merino, Cormo, silk fibers, and Cormo/BFL fleece; plus some silk fabric strips, the colors inspired by 1950’s fashion item: poodle skirts — to spin into art yarn.

fullsizeoutput_2c95 A detail of one of the mini-batts:

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Published in: on May 20, 2019 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Scarf with lots & lots of curly locks and dots.

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A Felted Mat on the Theme “Raku”

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Published in: on February 14, 2019 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Therapeutic Curly Wool Locks

The dry layout of this felted scarf looks like a creature:IMG_3570IMG_3574The details of the surface design: dots and curly locks and silk fibers…

IMG_3578The completed scarf, now dry: The gold tendrils are mohair locks; the white tendrils are Teeswater lamb.  I love the softness and sweet little pearly curls at the tips of lamb locks.

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Published in: on February 12, 2019 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Small Felted Mats

I love to craft these functional pieces, and use them around the house to protect surfaces and add warmth, color, texture and a bit of whimsy.

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Published in: on February 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Images of Recent Felted Work

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Published in: on February 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Winter Sunset Inspiration for a Felted Scarf

On a recent walk with our dog around sunset, the sky was unremarkable and muted; but then, slivers of gold appeared in the west, and minute-by-minute these bright tones intensified til the whole sky was glowing molten amber, with streaks of pale turquoise and coral.  It was a spectacular fiery sunset that contrasted the cold evening air, and I noted the colors so I could evoke the experience in my studio.

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I carded batts (on my Louet drum carder) of merino, alpaca, cashmere, silk, organic Polwarth, dyed silk noils, bamboo; and added some remnant sari silk threads and more and more silk into the layers.  In carding the fibers, I placed them carefully to create a color gradient from warm coral and gold tones to soft blue, with touches of white and turquoise.  In laying out the fibers, I preserved the color gradient.

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The resulting scarf is very light (2 1/4 ounces) and 64″ x 6″ inches.  It’s almost a cobweb scarf — delicate but with lots of texture, from the deliberate layering of different tones and textures.  There’s a lot of satisfaction in connecting deeply with the source of inspiration, and I hope this scarf sparks some of the awe of walking in the atmosphere of a magnificent winter sunset.

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Published in: on January 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yak, Silk, Merino Scarf

I wanted to create a scarf that would be soft and warm, and contrast natural tones with warm reds and gold tones, so I started by gathering a medley of fibers…

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I layered the fibers and fabrics to provide a lot of texture and interest… img_3342

 

And worked this into “pre-felt” — yardage that is partially felted so it can be worked with and cut up as needed; and that is intended to be used for surface embellishment — but is not completely felted or “fulled” into finished form.  This partial felting keeps the fibers open enough to allow them to easily embed into the intended project.

img_3348The layout, dry, before wetting/felting/fulling.  You can see the three fluffy layers (yak, merino) as well as the shiny silk fabric strips and the strips I’ve cut from the pre-felt yardage.  I’ve added some fiber “dots.”  Fabricating the dots is so meditative…

img_3351The finished scarf, and a detail:

img_3352I’m pleased with how very soft this scarf is.  The yak fiber is short, which means that layout takes longer because I’m working with small tufts of fiber instead of longer-length fiber tufts; but this extra time is worth it, because the yak creates such a soft and finely-textured “hand” and luxurious drape — a lot of warmth with very little weight.   The scarf is 6″ x 60″ and weighs just two and three-eighths ounces!

Published in: on January 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment