Sunday, September 06, 2009
My fascination with creating felt continues. Here are a couple of new pieces I have done this past week. This is more than fun. The first one is a shawl.
I have been having a great time making a felted piece and then adding stitching and needle felting. It's almost like painting with fiber.
The next one is a scarf and also includes some stitching and needle felting.
A lot of the handpainted roving used in these two garments were from my stash of Chasing Rainbows merino/bombyx rovings (by Nancy Finn up in Mendocino County). Nancy's colors are different than mine and they worked perfect in these garments.
Here's a close up of silk gauze that was felted onto the face of the scarf and fringe which was prefelted and then needle felted onto the edge.
Another goal for this past week was to warp my loom. At Golden Gate Fiber Institute in July, I wove a scarf with my handspun yarn and Habu's silk/stainless steel yarn. I was so taken with the result that I have been wanting to do this again. I hand-dyed some of the Habu yarn in violet and hand-dyed some Toots Le Blanc merino/angora in sour greens. The chunky skein in the picture is handspun yarn, which I spun from one of my merino/silk/angora rovings in a colorway I call "Violets Marl".
Here is the woven piece in progress on the loom -- 9 inches in width. I warped the loom for two scarves and this is the first one. I will probably use a different handspun color for the second scarf. This is woven with a loose hand so that when I "full" the scarf, there will be room for shrinkage.
Stayed tuned for the finished scarves -- hopefully they will be completed in the next few days.
It has been hotter than hades for the past week and a half. We are all sick to death of the heat. My husband and I have been going down to the beach in the evening and taking dinner with us. Here's a parting shot of one such evening sunset. It was divine.
Don't forget that we have our Common Threads spinning group down in Encinitas on Friday, September 18th -- 10:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.