Hand Eco Dyed Australian Merino and Silks.
Yesterday, along with the Poppy Scarf, I also made a couple more nuno felt scarves using a hand-dyed piece of chiffon that I cut into one thin and one wider strip. I was very industrious as I was working towards today’s Glasshouse Market stall, and the next few markets before Christmas.
Without going into the ins and outs of the whole production, here are some photos of the finished scarves.
I was fortunate enough to meet a textile artist the other day who told me where to source hemmed silk scarves in Australia.
I liked that idea because during our summer months the heat and humidity does make the wool on the edging of even my summer scarves a tad warm. Using hemmed scarves means I can still felt beautiful details and pictures onto the silk, but without ‘hemming’ with wool along the edges to prevent fraying, as I have done up until now.
Of course, I still love my tissue silk and will continue to purchase that as well, because the effect you can get on this lightweight material is gossamer fine. The hemmed silk scarves I have just obtained are slightly less open weave than the tissue silk, but when I opened the pack, I blew through one and knew that with a tad more rubbing, I could still felt it.
These scarves are gorgeous, with such a sheer lustre to them, I couldn’t wait to felt onto one.
This morning I set about another poppy scarf as I loved the effect of the original one I made recently. This one is a slightly different design but still uses fine merino wool as well as silk hankies and tops along with a little Angelina fibre to get that glow that brings light-catching properties to the matt of the wool.
Gawd, I love textile art!
I figured wispy merino would probably migrate more through the netting during felting than onto the scarf, so I used prefelt pieces ‘stuck’ down with merino rovings, and with the wool and silk details applied on top.
I was right about needing to work it harder, but I reckon the finished effect is well worth the effort. During the felting, some of the red dye from the hand-dyed wool transferred to the white silk scarf, giving it a delicate hint of palest red, which works very well with the bold reds, black and green of the poppies.
The finished scarf is gorgeous! It’s lightweight, sheer, lustrous and has a lovely tailored look with the hand hemmed edges and the felted poppies at each end have a painted effect that I love. I will definitely be felting the others in a similar way.
I reckon this will make someone a delightful Christmas present. It is one of a kind, and art in textile as well as sumptuous materials, sheer for Australian summer yet warm for winter – that’s the beauty of silk.
As Christmas is around the corner with only three markets before then, I’m making more treasures for my stall.
The latest two little beauties are network scarves – one in reds and oranges, the other in blues and turquoise.
Each have inlays of silk chiffon, silk hankies and silk tops all of which I hand dyed first. The silk ensures a fabulous lustre to the scarves. That, plus dimensional yarn snaking along the length of each one, gives each scarf a rich, interesting finish that is enhanced by the complimenting, striking colours.
It’s now 5.36pm and following up on my previous post from about 2pm, here are some photos of my finished nuno silk scarf and a rough ‘tutorial’ for anyone interested in the finer points of making a nuno scarf.
As it’s mother’s day coming up, I wanted to create a scarf with a floral accent.
I used tissue silk which I’d hand dyed a raspberry shade. The colours of the merino wool included hand dyed raspberry and dark lavender, plus a blend of lime and blue/green to give a variegated leaf colour, plus tiny amounts of lilac and pink.
I also used hand-dyed silk rovings as well as textured wool.
Everything went well and it took about three hours to complete this project.
As usual, I pushed my boundaries, this time seeing how little wool I could lay onto the silk that would give a good effect while leaving the finished scarf as light and delicate as possible. In the final photo, you can see a closeup of the scarf showing some of the detail and also how see-through it is, with my fingers showing through the material.
This is also the first time I’ve used this specific colour combination and I like the effect. When laying out the edging along the silk, which prevents fraying and effectively hems the scarf without sewing, I began one end all raspberry and by the time I laid out the wool towards the other end, had gradually changed the colour to the dark lavender. When I laid out the two end ‘roses’, I also alternated the petal colouring accordingly.
All in all, I’m very happy with this scarf. I’d love your feedback too.
On the fasting note (from this morning’s post), I found the afternoon went quickly without feeling starving. I think being busy helped as well as drinking water, black coffee and roibus tea. I’m looking forward to more soup this evening and if calories allow (I think they do), a small amount of chicken breast as well. Yum!
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