I have been pretty much practicing self-isolation since mid-November when my last contract finished. It is always quiet before and during the holidays, and usually picks up in the new year, but that didn’t happen this year. I had been felting a lot thinking that once I had work, the felting would slow down, but that didn’t happen either. I recently had an opportunity to work in the hospital for a month, but my gut told me no. It was a week before it was confirmed, and by that time the situation had changed dramatically. As I was only being offered minimum wage, it wasn’t worth the risk anyway and so I turned it down. I really hate it when I am called back to a place I worked before and they keep lowering the rate compared to when I started the first time. I don’t even require training. Did I say it really galls me? I actually had a job interview scheduled for a permanent job, but the telephone interview has also been postponed. These are trying times. However, I am still luckier than most.
Now that we are in official lockdown, I no long feel in a hurry to do anything. I don’t need to make anything for craft fairs as they have been cancelled, so I have plenty of stock. This means I can make things and see what happens. I decided to nuno felt a scarf I picked up in a charity shop. On the whole, there was nothing wrong with this scarf except for a couple of snags. It was actually quite a nice summer scarf to wear with jeans as it had an open weave. I decided to use the scarf using a lamination technique and felting on both sides.
As you can see, the scarf went from dark blue to pale green. I used merino wool in similar, though brighter colors. I then layered viscose fibers on the outside and sari silk fibers in the middle. I used similar colors for the top layer as the base layer. After wetting out, I had to turn over and do it again. I didn’t have enough of the turquoise sari silk for the other side, but I did have loads of a lovely blue sari silk with lots of colored threads and used that. This way the scarf is truly reversible. It took ages to lay out the whole scarf but not too long to actually full and shrink it. As it was too big for my salad spinner, I used the spin cycle on the washing machine to get the water out. I love doing that as it is practically bone dry when it comes out of the machine. I let it dry on the dress form.
Here you can see both sides of the scarf. I kept the fringes on the scarf. It is the only part of the original scarf you can see.
This is my favorite side. You can’t see it in the photo, but the threads in the sari silk fibers really stand out. Although fairly lightweight, this is now a winter scarf. I really like them this length, especially under a coat as it keeps your chest warm. The scarf shrunk about 12 inches in length and only a few inches in width from the original size. The viscose and sari silk fibers make it feel really silky and soft. All I need to do is give it a gentle iron and we are good to go.