Edwardian?

I made this delightful book cover a few weeks ago. Whenever I remembered to tell you about it the weather was too grey for photos and when it was good weather I forgot I needed a photo. Finally got my act together yesterday and nipped out into the wonderful afternoon sunshine.

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The main fibre is North Ronaldsay a rare breed sheep. The last batch I had of this was much greyer but this is a lovely gentle colour and suits the hand spun Soay yarn which adorns it.

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Laying it out in the lattice pattern took quite a while but I’m very happy with how it’s turned out. You probably can’t pick it up from the photos but the yarn provides a slightly raised texture too. It’s a single ply yarn which hasn’t been washed so it did want to twist and turn on the background  moving out of place until I got it wet and soapy when it relaxed and stayed put.

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The soft pink of the recycled buttons flatters the wool and the space dyed pink yarn adorning the edge really lifts the whole cover and finishes it off wonderfully. Hubby says it looks quite Edwardian, do you agree? I had intended to call this one Lattice but am now wondering if another name would be better. Suggestions welcome.

Soay adventure

I wish this means I’d been travelling but actually this refers to the carded sliver of Soay wool fibres that I bought in June at Woolfest. There’s been no time since then to play with the fibres until yesterday. The fibres are much shorter than I expected but  a lovely colour with a great sheepy smell.

 

Very short fibres can be difficult to lay out especially when they’re carded and you want a nice even base. I’d decided to make a book cover with the wool and had to take my time laying out two fine layers.

The Soay is a lovely brown colour not the grey it looks above and I decided to decorate with Wensleydale and Blue Faced Leicester curls in natural colours.

It was inspired by Samhain’s heat that I made a little while ago. My idea for this one is a moonlit garden which I  intend to embellish with embroidery and pearly beads. Working with short fibres requires a slightly different approach to the felting process as you need to be very very gentle in the wet and set stage to ensure you don’t spread your fibres and create holes. As this wasn’t commercially prepared fibre and I could feel the lanolin it also required more soap. So, more soap allows fibres to slip and slide if you’re not careful plus the fibres in this instance were short and prone to movement. How did I do it? Very carefully and gently, no more science to it than that just take your time and be careful.

Once it’s dry and embellished I’ll show you the finished item.