So what does one do when your first try doesn’t go according to plan? You try again. I view every make as an experiment, especially when doing something for the first time. My first wet felted wrist cuff was too big and I didn’t want to ruin it by over felting and having the wool migrate up through the silk too much. Although I have large hands, I have quite dainty wrists. If I do wear bracelets, they need to have a clasp on them and they are usually dainty.
I went back to my instructions and adjusted the size of my base to make it smaller and narrower. I then added some silk prefelts and wool prefelts. On the wool prefelts, I added some sari silk fibers on top.
This time I used a lime green base. I knew that it would tone the colors down a bit. For the future, should I make these again, I would stick to a similar color as the pre-felts as the colors would be brighter. Here is the new cuff. You can see the difference in size!
And this is the layout.
I laid out my prefelts differently to the first one. I used one piece to go across each end by the closures as I found that the prefelts took a long time to stick down in those areas when I used 2 smaller pieces. I also like the prefelts with the sari silk fibers on top. If you don’t have silk fabric in the colors you want or need, then you can make a prefelt with your bling fibers, like viscose or sari silk, or whatever you have instead. There are so many possibilities.
I have learned a lot in the few days I have been making these cuffs. I made silk prefelt which I haven’t done before. I learned that you can get a very nice effect with prefelt and sari silk fibers. I learned a new way to make a closure. This will come in very handy when making bags and eyeglass cases. I made something pretty that someone might wear. I am grateful for the tutorial and the people that share skills. Now I can make something that would be more in my style.