Scarf workshop

Last Saturday was the last workshop of the year for me and we had a great day creating nuno scarves. I like to change the workshop a little each time and this time we worked on the scarves using pre-felts as well as Merino fibres, silks, lace and angelina fibre.


The base fabric is silk chiffon and we concentrated on making each scarf double sided often echoing the design without recreating it exactly. The one above (Gill’s) has leaf shapes created using a white pre-felt whilst below  (Bill’s) the shapes are more abstract.


Fran created this explosion of colour below. The spirals were created in pre-felt and although you can’t see it in the photos it’s liberally sprinkled with angelina. Bill and Fran are both keen beaders so I’m expecting to see these well and truly embellished.


The angelina fibres are more visible in the one below (Janet’s) and the carding of fibres for the border was subtle but very effective.


Karen said she felt quite awkward when she began carding fibres for the scarf below but was quite adept before the end. Carded fibres have a lot of depth and movement so they’re well worth the effort.



June spent time cutting circles from pre-felt and it was time well spent. I love the tail at one end.


The scarf below (Angie’s) used pre-felt strips in the body and at one end plus some lace and Teeswater curls. I do like asymmetrical ends.



Finally, but not least, this colourful offering from Kay with pre-felts and Teeswater curls on the end.


It was a very productive day and I look forward to next years workshops.


Lacewing is the name my daughter has given this new scarf. It”s one of a number of pieces of silk chiffon which I dyed and is actually quite a bright yellow unlike some of the photos but I couldn’t wait any longer to show you. It’s been days since the weather was calm enough to allow me to snap a few pics. I’ll begin with the laying out of hand carded Merino in a mix of browns with a very small amount of green added.


I wanted flowing lines and an all over pattern. It took quite a long time to lay out , take a look at it hung on the line drying.


I like scarves to be reversible so there’s a partial pattern on the reverse side.


The ends I cut into points with five points on one end and seven on the other. I like not having them matching, it adds more interest.


It’s quite long and is wrapped twice round the neck of the mannequin.


I’m very very pleased with this and love the beading which I’ve sewn both sides on each end.


As soon as I have time, I have plans to make at least one more in a different colourway and will list this in my shop shortly.

Catch up

In addition to decorating Daughters’ bedroom and working at the mill, I have actually managed to do a little houswork and update some items on my shop with new photos and listed this beauty.


‘Grace’ is a hand dyed, silk chiffon and nuno felted wrap.
I’m currently working on Lacewing with pics to follow soon.


Just for me

It makes a nice change to make something which I know from the outset is just for me. I bought some printed silk chiffon in November with the intention of making a nuno skirt. I attend lots of wool or wool related events and never seem to be wearing any, I felt left out! A nuno skirt which I would then line would be perfect.  I gathered together all the colours I thought would work with the material and began pondering.


I’ve had sufficient time since November to ponder so I should have known something just didn’t feel right. I loved the fabric but just couldn’t see in my head eactly how I would felt it. Posing in front of the mirror, I wrapped the fabric around me and imagined the finished skirt. Nope, I just wasn’t feeling it

Even now, I’m not sure if I could tell you what wasn’t right but I changed tack, cut the fabric in half and  decided to make a scarf. Some of you may know that I can’t wear wool, especially round the neck but I adore scarves and want to wear ones I have made.  The enjoyment of the laying out process is only marred by the knowledge that I can’t keep it in this fluffy cloud state forever.


Initially I put wool nepps down on the fabric to create even more texture when felted. Then I’ve laid out a mix of turquoise blue Merino along the edge with a singles hand spun yarn (by yours truly) in many shades of blue and topped it all off with red nepps. You can see some of the fibres reaching fingers across to the left. The procedure was repeated on the other side although with a narrower border which was done to hide the raw edge of the fabric and to make the scarf truly double sided (another little hang up of mine)


Do you like it?  The lime green doesn’t look great with it but it happened to be what I was wearing plus it shows the blues clearly. In the picture below I’ve tried to show you some of the texture created through nuno felting.


I’m so pleased I added the red nepps as it would have been a little dull without them. Here’s another shot of the border.


It’s a little easier to see the hand spun yarn in this picture and you can’t have too much of a good thing so here it is again.


The reason I can wear this scarf is that the wool is confined to the ends where it won’t come into contact with the sensitive skin on my neck and upper body. I added a minute amount along the long edge to cover the raw fibres and give me a rolled edge but it’s so tiny I don’t have to worry plus I can always hide it in the folds of the scarf to keep it away from my skin. It’s barely been unworn since I completed it. Happy?  Yep! plus I still have a second piece of fabric which can be made into a scarf for someone else.


Nuno scarf workshop

We began the day by salt and pepper dyeing of the silk chiffon. After suspending pieces of net curtain over bowls we put the scarfs on and sprinkled fibre reactive dyes over then set it with a solution of washing soda and hot water.


I forgot to take my camera, yet again, but I’ve changed my phone and now have a camera always to hand. I’m still getting used to it and some photos were blurred and I’ve been unable to use them, my apologies. It’s such a shame for you as they really were rather wonderful.Photo0018

Very vibrant colours from Eri, her English is far better than my Greek and she managed very well.


A lovely creation from Jean with a lace frill.


Anne’s first ever piece of felt – fabulous.


As it was still wet this scarf by Edna looks darker than it is and had some great textures on the reverse side.


India came prepared with this lovely design and worked very hard on the laying out. No frilly edge but long fringing instead.

Nuno scarf 3

Back to white silk chiffon for the base again. I haven’t shown you the white ones in the laying out stages as white goes translucent when wet and is therefore difficult to photograph. I laid circles of brown BFL blended with tussah silk down on the chiffon first, then added bits of yarn, lace and pebbles to create texture. Over that I laid a fine layer of white BFL and throwsters silk waste.


Again, I stopped part way and stitched into each of the dark circles and removed a section of  fabric from each to reveal the brown BFL beneath.


You can quite clearly see the texture created by the lace, yarn and pebbles. The colour of the pebbles shows through quite well too.


I was careful choosing the pebbles to ensure they were smooth so that they wouldn’t pierce the fabric. The yarn was a boucle yarn which has really added to the texture in the finished piece.


Nuno scarf 2

Lots more colour in this scarf. I began by hand dyeing silk chiffon in delicate pinks which made a great base to begin from. I laid down small amounts of coloured silk fibres and thencovered them with peach and pink fibres.


This was followed by a layer of carded pink, white, peach and apricot fibres topped
with dyed tussah silk and throwsters silk.

I left one edge free of fibres as I’d left the selvage on. After flipping it over I laid a few
tiny circles of fibres on the top side.


I stopped part way through felting and added some stitching to each of the coloured circles.
Below you can see what the scarf looked like at the end of felting.



The coloured circles are where I put thew stitching, I then cut sections away to reveal the
silk fibres and peach and pink wool beneath.


Each large circle had three small circles of wool nearby and I cut the centres out of
each creating holes in the scarf.


You can see the reverse with silk fibres above and the frilled silk chiffon where I left it free of fibre.
I couldn’t stop there though, I just had to bead the ends.


Nuno scarf 1

I’ve made a few nuno scarves recently and can finally show you a few photos. This first one is one silk chiffon and is quite plain but feels quite feminine.



One each end I used strips of silk to form round shapes like ruffled flowers and then I’ve beaded the centre of each with pearl seed beads.



On the fibres side I’ve added lots of throwsters silk waste to give it that great sheen. I’m liking this one!

A little touch of warmth

I adore scarves, especially long long scarves but not everyone agrees and sometimes you just want a little touch of warmth around your neck rather than a big dangly thing getting in the way. That’s why I run neck warmer as well as full length scarf workshosp and thought perhaps you’d like to see some of mine, so here’s one I made earlier.

It’s a very simple idea, black wool with crab fibres but it’s the lustre of the crab that makes
this scarf a little less ordinary.

Purples with a touch of blue and this time I think it’s the button that makes the scarf. I just adore buttons too. I have to confess that when I need to search my button box for that perfect button I always do it in the most haphazard way possible and with all the buttons tipped onto the floor so I can spend a little time admiring each one before it’s rejected and replaced in the box. I’m not even upset if I don’t have the perfect button as it means I’ll need to go buy one. Are you like this?

This one is a little more detailed. After laying out the basic shape I added small lengths of a different shade of red in loops along the edge.

I filled the loops with bright colourful sari silk fibres before felting. I did need to do a tidy up at the pre felt stage but I’m pleased with the way it worked out.

It lays loveley and flat around neck and shoulders with all the little points adding extra interest.

The sari silk is a welcome splash of colour and although very light (two very fine layers)
it’s oh so very warm.

Final workshop of the year

Whenever you take your eye off time it goes rushing round like a mad thing and now I’m already at the stage where I’ve completed the final workshop of the year. The upside of course is that it won’t be too long before the next one in the new year 🙂  But, before I get ahead of myself, let me show you what was made yesterday.

Working in Merino wool we made neck and hand warmers and as we had a couple of felting newbies with us I decided to start with the slightly easier 2D neck warmer. It was even more important than normal that we start slow as everyone had terrible journeys either stuck behind slow moving traffic or following diversions due to accidents causing road closures.

The set above was made by Sue and I especially like the spiky edge to the scarf created by placing little loops of purple along the edge of the old gold colour. I’ve folded the scarf over so you can clearly see both colours which were used.

These lovelies were made by first time felter June and you can see it’s another matching set, this time with contrast lining colour on the wrist warmers.

A third matching set from Jean in wonderful cheerful colours to make you smile, with a little ramie decoration. We nearly had a disaster where the thumb joins the main body of the wrist warmer but a littl;e judicious needle felting soon set us back on track.

Stephanie didn’t really want me to show you her scarf as she didn’t consider it finished but it looks great and cold blue and red is one of my favourite colour combinations. The photo doesn’t show it very clearly but the edge of the scarf has a row of points along giving it even more interest.

Stephanie chose to make longer wrist warmers, this splendid pair reach at least half way to the elbow and most certainly don’t match the short scarf above but are wonderful. I’m not sure she wanted to remove them for the drive home and I’ve a sneaky feeling that more pairs will be made very shortly.