Network Felted Shawl With Lace and Yarns

After the success of making network felted scarves (well, I thought they were successful), I decided to incorporate that technique with some of what I have been learning on my online course.  I am really sorry that I don’t have any photos of the layout.  It took hours to lay out the wool and all that standing took a bit of a toll on my back that I forgot.  I went large and pretty much used the whole length of my dining room table which is just over two meters.

I started with a layer of silver and white viscose.  As my table cover is in a grid pattern, I used that to make a trellis design in white and filled in the rest with silver.  I extended the viscose where the network felt design was going all around the edge.  This would make the lace.  I then used some off white mohair yarn that I found in a charity shop before Christmas.  It is very soft, but quite fuzzy, probably from the 80’s.  I put this all over the viscose.  I then used a gray tweed mix of leftover wool from another project from about 8 years ago, but only in the center as I didn’t have that much.  I then laid out the network pattern in the gray merino that I am trying to use up.  I only made three rows on each side.  After that, I laid out a very thin layer of merino in the center only.  This process took me a few hours as I was working very thinly and everything needed to be precise.  I then left it for the evening.  In the morning, I finished off the last layer of viscose in white and silver mixed together all over everything.  I then wet it all out and sanded on one side only.  It was at this stage that I went into a little bit of a panic.  I was concerned if it was going to felt well as the layers were so thin.  I needn’t have worried.  I then rubbed the piece with a bit more soap and plastic gloves and then picked it up and palmed the whole piece without the gloves.  I like to feel the felt and it seemed to be holding up ok.  I didn’t do any rolling, just a bit of gentle throwing and kneading, with some gentle fulling on bubble wrap.  I do have a wooden fulling tool and used that at one point also.  As the layers were thin and I really didn’t want to create holes, I did a lot of hand work.

DownloadsThis is the yarn side.   You need to look closely to see the gray yarn as it blends in so well.  You can just about see the white trellis pattern on the left hand picture where the camera has picked it out as highlights.  I didn’t use as much viscose on this side as I did on the other side.

Downloads1This side has more viscose and you really can’t see the yarns here.  If you hold the shawl up to the light, you can see the network felt.  It is more noticeble on the other side, but not as much as I would have liked.  However, it does have that cobweb, lacy effect that I was going for.  I really like that the shawl can be worn on either side and in many ways.  The viscose gives it a nice texture and lovely sheen.  Although the shawl is large, it is very light, but warm.  I am always amazed at how light the work is.

I have taken a few days off of wet felting to tidy up my work space and do other chores around the house that have been neglected.  So, the dining room is back to it’s normal size and we are able to eat there for the time being.  I will need to work on smaller projects for awhile before it all goes chaotic again as I have some ideas for a couple of large pieces that I want to make. 🙂