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  

Felted Scarf with Prefelts and Curly Wool Locks

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Felting Day

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Felted Scarf: Pictures from a Studio Day

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IMG_3237Three layers plus lots of embellishments — curly wool locks, silk, part of a carded batt, and some prefelts that contain silk fabrics.  Layout is done.

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Published in: on December 7, 2018 at 12:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Carding Batts for Spinning Art Yarns

IMG_3141IMG_3142IMG_3144Merino, silk, Cormo, bamboo and other fine fibers, including some I purchased raw (freshly sheared, which I washed and processed; most purchased from shepherdesses who raised the sheep themselves); with the most exquisite curly wool locks and strips of silk fabric (including remnant sari silk fabrics) and tufts of hand-dyed tussah silk fiber as add-ins — a visual and tactile feast for spinning art yarns.   For those who like adventurous spinning or who are seeking novel fibers for felt making (my batt ingredients are suitable for both) who wish to place a custom order, please send me an email: aspangborn@gmail.com.  Thank you!

Published in: on November 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment