Friday, October 28, 2011

Mobius Scarf

So how many of you remember what a Mobius strip is? The definition on Wikipedia says that it is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. Essentially is is a circle of something flat with a twist in it. I had seen Mobius knitted scarves but when Zed challenged us to make something with a twist, curls or swirls, I thought I should try a felted Mobius scarf. Sorry that it isn't the best of photos. I took it last night and photos of white felt objects are really hard for me. I started this scarf at our felting party and finished it at home. I wasn't sure it was going to work out but I actually like it and I may even wear it. I hardly ever wear anything that I make so that would be a change. It is made from the local merino I bought and is really fairly light and airy. I can't decide whether I should dye it or leave it white. What do you think?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Leaf Prints Revealed

 I opened the leaf print bundles yesterday afternoon. This is the sunflower prints on a silk/wool blend scarf.
 You can see that I did get a bit of color from the leaf but it wasn't as strong as I had hoped. I think I should have kept the bundles wet. They sat outside but had dried out.
 Here's another area of the scarf. It just looks dirty in some places.
 Here's the lupines on the felted scarf. You can see I got good transfer from the string that had dye in it. The strings are all white now.
 Here are the leaf prints. Very light and hard to see.
 Here are the two scarfs from a distance. Not too impressive.
 Here's the sunflower scarf after ironing. I'm not sure where those white dots came from. Something blocked the dye there.
 Here's the end with the blue from the strings. It is the most interesting part of the scarf.
Here's the lupine one after ironing. I think I need to add another layer on these as I'm not really happy with how they turned out. I'll leave them for a bit and then decide what to do. Any suggestions?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday's Felting Party

 Paula, Shelley and I got together yesterday and had a felting party. First we had a little lunch and chit chat and then we got down to some serious felting. We were working in the new felting studio in the basement of Camas Creek Yarns. Paula teaches felting classes here. They have two great big tables, a double sink and the shop is now selling roving, batts and even prefelt. This first photo shows a scarf that Paula is making with instructions from Chad Hagen's new scarf book. The process is to use pencil roving and wrap it around the bubbles in the bubble wrap, wetting down as you go. Paula had already worked for 3-4 hours to get this far.
 Here's Paula still working four hours later. She had the first layer down and was adding the second layer in another color. Talk about tedious layout! I'm not sure I want to try one of those.
 Here's what Shelley was working on. She made some little felted birds which were originally going to be brooches/pins but she decided they she was going to incorporate them into a small bag that she is planning on making.
Here's my project. It is a scarf made from merino with only one thin layer of batting in the layout. There is a surprise to this scarf that you can't see at this point. I didn't get it finished so you'll have to wait for the result.

I'll be unveiling the leaf prints later today. It won't be until the afternoon because I have to go and count inventory for the store tomorrow. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Felted Bird House Adventures

 If you remember, I made three felted bird houses for Felt United Day. This dark purple one got put in the back of the house. Yesterday morning while eating breakfast, I looked up and the bird house was moving! It was jumping around and I thought a bird was inside and couldn't get out. But after watching a bit longer, I saw a different culprit.
 It was my friendly neighborhood squirrel. (click on the photo for a closer view) He is tearing it apart to get the wool. He has almost chewed completely through the felted loop. I wondered why it was looking so lumpy and out of shape.
Here he is with his stolen fiber. If you look at the lower right hand corner of the photo, you can see where he has almost chewed through four layers of felt! I'm going to get another metal hook and shorten the loop. I'll keep you posted. I guess I need to put out another fiber/nester for him.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Itching To Open Those Bundles

 This is what the bundles looked like last week right after they were steamed. They've been sitting outside on the bench all week. It has gotten below freezing several times so they are getting both the hot and cold techniques. It's kind of like Christmas as a kid and all those tantalizing packages were under the tree. You want to sneak down late at night when everyone else is asleep and open all your packages to see what's inside. Did you ever do that? It's been so tempting to peak and unroll these bundles.
Here they are after one week. I'm not sure they've changed much. The one on the right certainly looks more promising. Another week to go. I'm not sure I can stand it.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steamed Leaves Anyone?

 I got the book Eco Colour by India Flint recently. So today when I was cleaning out the planting beds for winter, I gathered a bunch of leaves to try a little printing with leaves and steam. This is lupine leaves on a merino felted scarf.
 Here is the bundle all rolled up on a stick. Then you wrap the bundle tightly with string.
 Here is the second scarf. This is one I got from Dharma Trading that is a silk and wool blend. I covered the scarf with sunflower petals and leaves. I did not use any type of mordant with these just to see how they would work without anything extra. I did wet the scarves down first.
 Here it is all rolled up and wrapped with string. I didn't think very clearly with the string because it has been used before for shibori dyeing and it had blue dye in the string. We'll see the effect of that later, I'm sure.
 Here are the bundles steaming on the stove top. I think I will definitely have to cut the sticks a little shorter if I am going to be doing much of this type of dyeing. We'll see how it comes out.
Here are the bundles after steaming for two hours. The one on the left is the lupine leaves and felted scarf. There is transfer of the blue dye for sure. The one on the right looks more promising and is the sunflower one. Now the really hard part. I have to wait to open these for a couple of weeks. I put them outside so hopefully I will forget about them and not try and peak too early in the process. I will post the results when I just can't stand waiting any longer.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Painting Fabric

Our surface design group met yesterday. We started with white fabric and used paint sticks over texture sheets to start. Then we added Dye-na-Flow paint.
 Here is Bunny adding some color. We kept adding layers.
 This is my paintbrush. I didn't wash the paint out when I changed colors.
 We added some details with pens.
 We used some stamps for rubbing with paint sticks.
 Here is a little closer look.
This is the final outcome. It is drying and then I'm going to iron it. We are going to cut it into quarters and each use it to make something. I think I will use it to make some note cards. We had a great time. We hadn't been able to meet all summer and I had really missed the group. Next month we're doing nuno felting.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The stack is growing...

I've been working all week, teasing out Merino fiber and then carding it. I still have at least 3 times more fiber than what's shown left to card. Luckily, I get to keep the borrowed drum carder longer. Thanks Bunny! So I will keep carding a batt or two every day and hopefully will get all the wool carded before the end of the year.

Our surface design group is meeting this afternoon. We haven't met since June due to scheduling difficulties so I'm excited to get back to it again. We are going to paint a 6 foot stretch of cotton fabric today. So more photos to come. Have a great Friday!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Felt United 2011

 In celebration of Felt United, I hung the three felt bird houses in front of the house on my found metal sculpture.
Most likely though, the bird houses will hang in the back with the bird feeders so I can see them from the kitchen window. Hope you have a wonderful day and that if you like to felt, that you are able to celebrate Felt United.