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Two more scarves for the markets

Nov '13 Glasshouse Market stall

Nov ’13 Glasshouse Market stall

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.

Iris inspired nuno felt scarf

Home made cranberry chocolate (and hazlenut coffee).

Home made cranberry chocolate (and hazelnut coffee).

Today after planting out some herbs, fetching dog food, cooking a roast dinner, and testing some new chocolate moulds with cranberries in dark chocolates, I made another nuno felt scarf.

I really loved the poppy inspired scarf that I made for the art expo the other week, so I thought I would make another one only using a different flower for inspiration.

This time I went for an iris.  Yesterday I hand dyed some silk tops and hankies in yummy turquoise, indigo and green so I had some additions for my network scarf (that I blogged about yesterday).

I had plenty of silk left, so I used this to embellish the iris on one end of the scarf, and used a couple of the silk hankies for ‘iris’ shapes on the other end.

Using the beautiful blues and greens silk rovings I added highlights to the borders and a few inlays along the scarf length on which I’d first laid fine cream 15 micron merino rovings.

This is the scarf half-felted:

Iris scarf bubbly

And here’s the finished result, modelled beautifully by the lovely Jill.  Thank you Jill.

More felt in the library

Thanks to Beerwah Library, I have some of my felted work in the display cabinet.  I originally left two shelves empty for other artists from the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail to exhibit.  As only one was needed, I went over to the library yesterday and filled up the bottom shelf as well as topping up the original case display.

Here are photos of it now from the front and back of the case.

Display of felt in the library glass cabinet from inside the library

Display of felt in the library glass cabinet from inside the library

Display of felt at the library, taken from the front.

Display of felt at the library, taken from the front.

I am very grateful of the opportunity to show my work at the library, it is a great service they provide and it is always a treat to see other people’s’ displays both in the glass cabinet and on the walls.

Creative shopping

When I was in Aldi the other day, I found a couple of pasta drying racks, that look like mug holders with longer, thinner wooden hanging posts.  I bought two of them and have used one of them here to display a few of my summer scarves.  It allows you to see how transparent they are, where the tissue silk has not been felted.

Black jewellery holder

Black jewellery holder

I also bought a tree-shaped stand that looks like it is for jewellery.  It was a christmas red, but I sprayed it yesterday with some matt black.

I’ll use it in my market stall to hang some of my felt jewellery off.

Don’t you love it when you find things that you can re-use in a different way to how they were intended?  Creative shopping at its best lol.

Felting workshops for kids over the holidays

While I was at the library I was approached by on of the coordinators who asked if I would like to run some felting workshops for kids over the Christmas holidays.  Of course I said a big fat “Yes!”.  So now I’m working on a couple of ideas to present for the library to choose from.

This will also be something I can use at other events, where simple felting experience workshops can be presented.

Meditation idea for felt mobile

In the meantime, when I was meditating the other day, I had an image pop into my head of an idea for a felt mobile, that I’m going to experiment with this weekend.  When its completed, I’ll post a pic of it.

I love teal! Two nuno scarves

I love teal – well, I love all colours period.  But each time I make a new scarf using a different colour spectrum, I fall in love all over again!

I was explaining this to my hubby as I showed him the two scarves.  I was almost salivating with delight at the colours and how the two designs had turned out.  He just looked at them, looked up at me over his spectacles and said:

“It must be a girl thing.”

I was so delighted with the shining jadey-turquoisey colours that I totally ignored the potential sexist argument thing, thinking – there must be millions of people, male and female, around the world who would feel the same over two new colourful creations. Some men love colours and creating – some women can’t bear arty farty stuff. 

You can’t generalise, which is what Baz tends to do. So I brought him back to a more personalised perception of the whole thing.

“No.  It’s a me thing.”

But that’s what makes the world go around isn’t it – the differences as well as the similarities!

So, here are pics of the two teal scarves.  I made them on tissue silk, with merino rovings, lots of silk tops and a dimensional yarn.

The zigzag one may remind you of a white one I made recently, with the teal highlights and pattern.  This one is a commission for a jeweller who has a stand at the markets I attend – Glasshouse Market – we have traded our wares with each other: a scarf from me for a bracelet from her.

I love bartering.

‘Roses on Black’ nuno felt scarf

Just finished this for a customer.

It is made with black tissue silk that has black and red merino wool, red silk tops and dimensional wool felted to it.

I have to say it wasn’t the easiest scarf in the world to do.

Not because I couldn’t lay the wool fine enough, or dye the tops the right colour, or make the ‘roses’.  This time, and for the first time ever (which was bit of a blow to my ego that likes to get things right immediately), I had difficulty translating what the lady wanted and making it reality.

This is actually version two of the scarf – the first one is shown in a previous post.

My mistakes

I made two mistakes:

1. Not listening to my intuition that told me it was going to be tricky when my customer wanted me to mix two different styles of felting (this fine nuno-felt style with cobweb style).

2. Getting caught up in trying to adhere to my customer’s specific and detailed wishes and not putting in certain things – rather than listening to my intuition when I was making it, that told me to make it a certain way (which is basically how this second scarf turned out) in the first place.

Both of these mistakes feature my intuition and lack of listening to it.

When will I ever learn?

Hopefully.

On the plus side…

So, two scarves later, I now have one satisfied customer and one extra scarf to sell to another owner.

That’s the beauty of making accessories and artwork, I make something and one day the person it’s made for turns up, falls in love and takes it home.  It’s so satisfying!

The original scarf by the way, is also nice. It is more subtle with more black and less red, and with slightly more felt coverage to the tissue silk. The roses are small and have little green leaves. Here’s a photo for comparison.

black nuno scarf

I’m thinking of making a massive big, bright red felt flower and attaching it to one end.

What do you think?

Two nuno felt scarves

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I had a lovely weekend making two nuno felt scarves by commission from two lovely ladies.  One was in turquoise to go with the lady’s lime green and turquoise outfit and the other was a more subtle one in black with fine red silk tops and roses throughout.

Both consisted of merino wool and various types of silk (hankies, tops etc) felted onto tissue silk that I had hand-dyed the day before.

Turquoise nuno scarf

Raspberry lavender nuno silk scarf

First, the scarf

Silk and pc covered

Silk on bubble wrap, some of the materials to be used and my pc covered up

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.

5:2 Fasting update

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!

Felting Scarf photo gallery

On a more practical theme

I had a great day at a local craft market last weekend and have a big excuse to get creative over the long weekend this Easter.

Hand dying wool and silk rovings,

Hand dying tissue silk,

Hand dying pre-felt batts,

Putting it all together and making …

Scarves

…………………. Purses

…………………………………. Mobile phone cases

…………………………………………………….. Cute little keepsake purses

Now I’m searching for some inspiration. 🙂

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