This is the felted scarf I did using the silk inset technique I did in the practice test piece yesterday. I used some wool roving I hand dyed and silk fabric I hand dyed. The technique worked great but in a few areas the edge of the silk did not get attached well. That was easily fixed by hand needle felting those areas. The silk became very textural when the wool shrank around it. A very pretty effect.
Here is a test piece I just made this morning. This is a piece of my hand dyed silk inserted into a wool felted base. I laid out one thin vertical and one thin horizontal layer of wool roving. Then placed the cut out piece of silk fabric on top of the wool. Then I placed a thin wisp of roving around the edges of the fabric to embed it into place. Next I covered it with netting and wet it down with cold soapy water. Then I lightly rubbed it with a plastic grocery bag that was wadded up. Next I removed the netting and then placed another piece of bubble wrap on top and felted it with my electric sander. When it was completely felted I took it to the sink and rinsed in very hot water and culled it by throwing 25 times in the sink. Then rinsed in cold water and threw it 25 more times in the sink. This causes the shrinking and hardening of the fibers. Now stretch it out and let it dry.
After doing this sample I am ready to use this technique on a scarf, can't wait.
Yesterday morning I dyed eight chiffon silk scarves and some yarn and a piece of silk fabric. I used Jacquard and Dharma Acid Dyes. I wanted to do small quantities of many colors so I researched and found a way to do that in one pot. By mixing your dyes and placing them into quart canning jars you can do up to seven different colors in a typical enamel canning pot. You can put up to 2 silk scarves in each jar. If you want a smooth all over solid color I would just put in one scarf so it gets well saturated with the dye bath. If you want a variegated or tie dye look cram two scarves into the jar and it will come out with a lot of variation in color like the fuchia piece shown below. You can tie fabric bundles or scarves with string or rubber bands and get wonderful patterns.
SScarves ready for felting
Extra bits of dyed yarn for scarf embellishments
Yesterday I Nuno felted the turquoise scarf with black flowers and white
and rusty red accents. Today I did the deep wine scarf with cobweb roving
A couple months ago we took a road trip up the Oregon Coast and then inland up the Columbia River. We visited the Multnomah Falls. I was very impressed by the scene and all the vegetation surrounding the falls area. When I got home I decided to wet felt a wall hanging depicting what I had seen.
The big shapes were wet felted with wool roving. I layed out 3 layers of wool then wet it all down with soap and water. Then I used the no roll method of felting by using a sander on the wool placed between 2 sheets of bubble wrap. After it was completely felted I finished the piece with traditional rinsing and fulling. Then I let it dry completely. Next I hand needle felted some textural yarns on for the various vegetation, the bridge and the figure.