Don’t ask me to recall which poncho belonged to whom, it’s a few weeks ago and I’m sorry to say I have forgotten! I could perhaps describe one or two people but as to names, well, that is a weakness of mine. Howver, that doesn’t detract from the work put in nor the beauty of the outcome. Enjoy 🙂
Did you notice that they’re reversible and that the one above is a beautiful dark chocolate colour on the reverse?Two people chose to leave them as oversize scarves and they do look rather cosy that way.
We’d begun the day by salt and pepper dyeing of the silk chiffon.
Whilst waiting for the silk to dye some people chose to spend the time making prefelts which were then applied over the silk side of the poncho. It adds weight as well as interest.
So sorry I didn’t get these up earlier ladies so that I could have named the creator of each one.
Sorry I’ve been missing recently, it’s been a particularly hectic time but I’ll try and catch up over the next few weeks. Apologies if things are out of time order.
This was one of the ponchos I made for the workshop but never got around to showing. I began by salt and pepper dyeing the silk chiffon and took my colours based on the results.
The colours were quite bright so to tone them down I used autumn tones with black, it worked a treat and here’s the wool reverse.
Good enough to wear this way out but even better when viewed from the silk side.
You can see circles of prefelt that I used to adorn the poncho and also to weight the ends. The prefelt was added on top of the silk prior to felting.
If you look at the left you can see a line in the colour. The silk wasn’t the right shape for my project so I cut and stitched it together before felting but after dyeing. If I’d stitched and then dyed you wouldn’t notice this at all. The stitches were removed after felting. I wanted to show that it is possible to work in this way and also that it can be used as a technique to patchwork your nuno.
I think there may be other clothing shapes to follow if I ever find a quiet day!
Last month I took delivery of some black silk chiffon printed with abstract flowers, I had a plan. Once Woolfest was over I found a chance to turn it into the poncho I’d been planning. I forwent tasselling or fringing as I thought it would distract from the striking design on the silk.
I’m really very pleased with how this turned out. I didn’t think about the placing of the pattern on the points and which should hang where(oops) but it hasn’t worked out badly at all and I love the pattern across the chest. The main colour of the fabric looks purple beacuse of the Fuchsia and Bright Pink Merino that I used on the reverse.
Better by far that items are reversible whenever possible as it gives you the greatest flexibility and opportunities to wear. I covered the Merino with some gold Mulberry silk, all available from Adelaide Walker.
There’ll be more of these to come, there are several fighting in my head for release so I need to get to it quite soon! These are so much fun I’ve added a new workshop on Thursday 27th September which you can book here.