Getting ready for the CWA Twilight Markets now moved to 18th April because of lots of rain in SE Queensland, I made a nuno felt scarf the other day.
It is totally different to anything I’ve made before and I love it!
Using a thin strip of black chiffon, I laid the wool rovings well over the edge to get a softer edging. I also made some pre-felts of bright orange and turquoise/teal which I cut and laid out on the top with other bits of wool shapes and lots of hand-dyed silk tops.
It was fun to make as I haven’t felted much lately and I was very eager to see the outcome of this one.
Here are a couple of pics – not the best quality, but you get the idea:
Nuno felt scarf – Black, turquoise and orange
…And lots of other things as well!
Since I wrote my last post, I have bundled, boiled, dried, rinsed, dried and ironed quite a few new eco-printed shirts and tees. All ready for the CWA Easter Art & Craft Twilight Market on 4th April.
Rather than bore you with the details, which are similar as for previous posts, I’ll add a gallery of my latest beautiful nature-painted clothes.
I’ve taken photos of them in the last few moments of sunlight in front of our mini-rainforest – so the colours of the eco-dyed clothes are enhanced by the trees and bushes, and natural light.
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.
Red network scarf with lots of hand dyed silk – hankies, tops, chiffon and dimensional yarn. Reds, oranges, maroon.
Blue network scarf with lots of hand dyed silk – hankies, tops, chiffon and dimensional yarn. Blues, turquoise green.
Red and b lue network scarves with lots of hand dyed silk – hankies, tops, chiffon and dimensional yarn.
This latest work was inspired by the flotsam and jetsam that is found on beaches everywhere.
I started the project a couple of days ago when I made the ‘orbs’ but although I knew I wanted a mobile, I wasn’t sure how to start. So all the bits and pieces to make it lay on the dining room table looking at me for a while.
Last night after looking at the dining room flotsam and jetsam cluttering the table, I went to bed but couldn’t sleep except fitfully. At 1.30am I got up and had completed the mobile in two hours. I’m now pooped, but satisfied lol.
Taking sea blues, images of shells, seed pods, fishing nets, rope, and seaweed, I felted some ‘orbs’ in blues and added details of wool nepps, shells, polished stones, feathers and other beachy items, glueing where necessary. Then I hung them all together with string and a few pieces of wood and here’s my felt Flotsam and Jetsam!
(The leaves at the top aren’t part of it, they are part of the hanging plant I hung the work from).
This would look lovely in a bathroom, or beach inspired room. It would also suit a beach house, or holiday home.
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.
Two teal nuno felt scarves
Close up of teal nuno felt scarves.
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.
After making the three cuff/bracelets, I got all fired up to make some other, smaller felt items.
Loving the blend of blues in the turquoise felt cuff, I used the same piece of felt to cut out smaller pieces that I rolled up and stitched together with embroider’s cotton, then added glass seed beads.
The larger felt roll was turned into a necklace – I used a pre-bought turquoise necklace and also added extra blue beads that I kept in place with crimps.
The smaller felt rolls were teamed up with some lovely larger blue beads and turned into a pair of earrings.
Hand made turquoise felt necklace
Hand made turquoise felt earrings
Hand made turquoise felt accessory and jewellery set
This is my first ‘official’ set of jewellery/accessories but I am stoked at how they’ve turned out. They really look pretty sitting together as a set. I’m very inspired to make some more.
YouTube was a great help in working out how to actually put the jewellery pieces together to make something that looked wearable.
I’ll be busy again with some accessories and jewellery sets this Saturday, for Sunday’s local craft market.