I have been busy beavering away with making brooches and needed to make a scarf. I have been liking the bright colors from my recent hat and neck cowl set and decided to go with a bright theme and to also try something different. How unusual for me. I swear it’s a Gemini thing.
Here is my layout. It is nearly two meters to start with. I got some purple roving and laid out a swirly pattern in the middle and networked it on the ends. I had to divide the roving into really thin strips. I then laid out the merino superfine in fuchsia, crimson, clementine and begonia. For the lacy ends I added some multicolored mohair yarn on top of the network and then a superfine layer of purple merino on top of that.
Sorry about the quality of the photos. I even took the scarf outside as the sun was out. I don’t think the camera likes me. I then put a superfine layer of sari silk fibers on top of the merino, except for the ends. I wet everything out and then sanded. By then it was late, so I left everything covered overnight. I went back to it the next day and put on some plastic gloves and gave the piece a good rubbing. This brought any loose fibers into the piece. I also palmed the whole piece on both sides. Afterwards I began to roll and full the piece until I got a nice felt.
There are only two layers of fiber laid out superfine. I probably won’t do the network thing with roving again on the ends, but it works ok for this piece. I do like the border and the swirly design in the center, but I may just go for a border around the edges next time. I also like the texture on the silk side. I was going to make one big brooch with all of the colors, but I decided to make two brooches instead. I used vintage buttons for the centers.
As I was working I was thinking it looked like a sunset.
I took this photo on a bus from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia in Argentina, where we saw the longest and biggest sunset ever! It was better in real life! 🙂 I also have the colors in my scarf on a duvet set I have had for the last 10 years! It must have been in my subconscious! So what inspires you when making a creation?