I’m managing to do a bit of weaving now and then, not as much as I’d like but then I am busy with felt making for an exhibition coming up at Armley in April. Below are my latest woven scarves.
Woven on my rigid heddle loom with a 7.5 reed. The orange scarf has the same warp and weft but the blue one has 2 shades of a denim colourway yarn with the paler being used for the warp. I was quite pleased with the blue one and my edges are definitely improving, the orange one however, I was bored and just wanted to finish it so I rushed. It’s perfectly serviceable but I’m really not keen. At least I learnt from it and made the next scarf more intesresting.
I’m ery pleased with this one. The warp is two colours of aran weight acrylic yarn from my stash and the weft is a fine yarn which I bought from a charity shop and have no idea what it is, just that I liked it.
I love the way it turned out and as I no longer beat the weft down so hard they’re even quite soft! The lesson learnt this time, to start chellenging myself more with colours and patterns and not just the plain weave. Wonder if I’ll do that?
Fortunatley for me I started this scarf in the summer.The pattern was simple and I memorised it but that didn’t seem to stop me from making mistakes which I only seemed to spot after I’d knitted another 9 rows!
It was so frustrating! With all the mistakes and lots of frogging back, added to which is the fact that this is a finer wool than I’d normally work with it took me flippin ages. I wasn’t working on it every day but even so… I was very happy to finish it.
The wool used is Araucania Yarns, Botany Lace and I got both the yarn and the pattern from The Skep Knitting and Quilting Shop. One of the tings I like most about it is that although it’s a single colour it’s not a flat dyed single shade, there is variation. It has a lovely weight and drape to it and has been given away as a birthday present. There was wool left from the two skeins I had and I’ve made matching mittens and hat which I gave away before taking photos! I love seeing it finished but I’m in no rush to work that finely again, where did I put that aran?
I showed you this when I began work on it and here I can show you it finished.
For the background I used a hand dyed silk chiffon scarf in pale shades of green and lilac. I seem to have lost some of the green during the felting process although, when you see the scarf iin real life, you can still see hints of it here and there.
Loving the way this turned out and feeling inspired to make more tree scarves.
My next nuno scarf workshop is on Wednesday 14th June, bookings can be made direct here.
It seems ages since I last made felt and I’ve really been enjoying working on this scarf.
The base is silk chiffon which I’d dyed a mixture of purple and green. I’ll give an update as soon as I finish. 🙂
I saw this scarf made up in The Skep Knitting and Quilting Shop and was smitten. It’s a very simple but effective pattern (Chevron pattern) which is enhanced by the beautiful self striping yarn. It was brought home as part of the giveaway that I won (thanks Clare) and I then had to ponder on what I could do with it. Unfortunately I can’t wear wool next to my skin, especially round my neck, but I have plenty of friends who can wear it.
It’s rather beautiful and very soft and was gifted to my friend Sue for Christmas 🙂
Saturday dawned bright and clear and saw me heading off to North Yorkshire for a nuno scarf workshop with the talented Lyndsey Tyson. I’ve made lots of nuno scarves before but it’s always good to go to workshops and see how other people work, what techniques they use and garner inspiration from your fellow workshop attendees.
Here’s the two pieces I made, one a practice and the other a full length scarf.
The day was all about adding frills and for me, a little texture too.
Both of my pieces are double sided with a frill showing whichever way the fabric falls. You can see three frills on this side of the practice piece. The first is synthetic lace, the second a piece of silk and the third is a wool fringe.
I also incorporated some boucle yarn and wool nepps for texture. Having completed this tester we moved on to producing our full length scarves. before setting off I’d tried to narrow down my colour options so that I wouldn’t need to take my full stash of wool with me. Focussing on purple, green and blue allowed me to stagger out with just the one Ikea blue bag full to overflowing. Plus two carrier bags!!
As a base for the scarf I used silk chiffon which I’d hand dyed a lovely deep purple shade. The eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted a frill at the bottom there that looks a little familiar? It’s some of the cotton left over from the remodelled skirt project. The second fabric was gifted by Lyndsey (thanks) and then I’ve used three types of lace for extra interest.
It all looked a little dark when wet but it lightened up cosniderably in the drying process and you can now start to see some of the dyed throwsters silk waste that I used for embellishment.
Not forgetting more nepps for texture! Do I like it? yes. Would I do anything differently? of course but that’s the fun of feltmaking, every time something different and every time more ideas for the future. If you’d like to come and make a nuno scarf of your own there’s still a couple of spaces on my workshop on 16th May – booking here.
Photos by Charlie Battersby
On Sunday 5th October I’ll be teaching a lacy cobweb felt scarf workshop at Gisburn and thought you might like to see one of the samples for this workshop. Usually I work with the wool in a top form but decided to try and use up more of my stash, so chose to work with remnants of carded Merino in various colours.
I was thinking subtle colour changes but it’s not quite how it came out. Using carded fibre is fun to layout for this kind of scarf and enabled me to include a lot of colours and shades very easily.
This is the reverse of the scarf where you can see I have a mix of red, pink and orange with small amounts of natural coloured Tussah silk.
The front of the finished scarf with lots of Tussah silk along it’s length. I wasn’t sure about the purples at the end when I was laying it out but I wanted to use only remnants and now it’s done I love it.
There’s another example of lacy felt on it’s way in a day or two and if you fancy making one for yourself I still have space on the workshop.
A sudden urge to make a nuno scarf overwhelmed me last week and I happily gave in to the urge delving into cupbaords to find a suitable piece of fabric. My main problem was my recent de-stash of Merino, I didn’t have the colours I needed for most of the fabrics I found and wanted to use! Summoning my patience I delved deeper and found this.
A delicately dyed pink and yellow piece of silk chiffon. It’s been in the cupbaord so long I can’t remember when I dyed it but could see I used a salt and pepper method to dye it. It’s so called because after soaking the scarf, I then suspended it on a net over a bowl, sprinkled on the dyes and then poured over soda to set. I found Gold and Rose Merino, my carders and my palm washboards. Ready for the off.
I carded the colours together and began laying out small rounds across the end of the scarf. I always like to have something on the ends and not just have it finish in a straight line. Pink and yellow never used to be a colour combination that I’d have used except that when my daughter was about 6 we bought her the prettiest little dress in pink and yellow and now I think it’s a wonderful combination. Not very me but very feminine and pretty.
On top of some of the circles I laid dyed BFL curls and little snips of gold dyed silk. Across the length of the scarf I laid out more little circles, some in carded yellow/pink, some in pink, some in yellow and some in red/pink. On each I placed a few short threads of gold silk.
Then it was time to work with my Palm Washboards to start those fibres migrating through the fabric. Indulgent of me to have 2 I know but when working on larger pieces I love to work with a washboard in each hand and they’re so comfortable to use. Previously I would have done my rubbing with a scrunched up plastic bag in each hand which was effective but not nearly so comfortable or so dry.
My Daughter thinks it’s turned out well and is pretty but I don’t think it’s really Hubby’s cup of tea.
I love the gold silk on the felt, the contrast is very pleasing.
If I can find the right beads I’ve a mind to do some beading on this one.
Last week I attempted to nuno some stretch lace which I bought at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate last November. The lace was so beautiful I couldn’t resist although I was worried about how it would go. On the first attempt it went very badly. I later discovered that the net I’d covered the lace with was also stretchy so as I tried to felt it both fabrics were moving about!
I’ve had another go and prevailed this time. It’s so delicate and pretty.
If the lace wasn’t stretchy I’d buy a lot more as the designs and colours it was available in were delicious. It may have worked but I don’t really favour it for nuno felting. The wool is Flesh Merino and the decoration on the reverse is throwsters silk waste, both from Adelaide Walker.
I’ve been lucky enough to receive a couple of commissions this Christmas. The first is for a purple nuno scarf on a hand dyed muslin background. I gathered my materials – muslin, blue purple and bright purple Merino.
Carded fibres add so much interest that I began by making a small pile of them. I felt the purple need a little extra depth so I also added dark brown Merino the the mix.
Then began the laying out process.
Where I soon had help
The help was gently persuaded to leave and I continued.
The help had to then be persuaded, a little less gently this time, to remove itself from my fibre pile.
Whereupon I finished laying out side one and flipped it over to start side two.
Once laying out was completed I rubbed the scarf with my new felting tools – palm washboards. I find these work really well with nuno projects, are comfortable to use and keep my hands out of the water for longer.
In the photos it seems to have changed from pink purple to blue purple but it’s just a trick of the light.
I love the texture you get when making nuno using cotton muslin.