I have some good news! I finally got a new work contract! I have conflicting feelings about it. Although it is great that I have some full time employment (which will pay for the wool and fibers I purchased recently), it means that I will have less time for making felt. This time of the year is the worst for me as my eyes do not like dim light! Once it is dark, I am not very motivated to do any type of art or craft as things go a bit fuzzy. I should probably put more lights on! I managed to complete one scarf before I started work and it took me about three days to complete another one. I have forgotten that is what I used to do before I stopped working this time last year. 🙂
Here is my latest cobweb scarf. I have been wanting to make a scarf with leaf tassels for some time now. This is my version. I did not take an online class, although there is one available. You may recall that I have working on lace or cobweb recently and this is just another version. I totally forgot to take process photos of this scarf. Because I was trying something new, I made my start size to just over 5 feet. I know that this will give me a workable scarf/neck warmer when it is finished. This one is just over a meter long, not including fringe, and weighs 43g. I do not weigh out my wool as it is not relevant for this project.
I took a piece of extra fine merino roving in Flamenco from DHG Italy and laid it out to how long I wanted it, about 5 feet. I then split the piece of roving in half. This roving has stripes already in it. I then proceeded to pull and stretch the roving apart along the width until it measured 10 squares on my tablecloth, which is approximately 10.5 inches wide. I tried to ensure that I didn’t have any large gaps as I wanted this cobweb to be very fine and not an open felt with holes. I filled in any gaps with extra roving, pulled very fine. Once I did this and it was how I wanted it to be, I took some insulation pipe that I use for rolling and rolled up my layout to put it aside.
I then set up my drum carder, which I love.Not long ago I made a big order from DHG for viscose in almost every color of the rainbow just for the specific purpose of what I was going to do for this scarf. I had seen a video from Katerina Korshun on YouTube about blending viscose on the drum carder for making scarves. Although one can blend on hand carders, I am not very good at doing that. You can also blend on the blending board, but it will be only a small amount compared to blending on the drum carder. I took three colors, red, yellow and orange and blended on the drum carder from the top of the drum. I do not see the point of blending tops from the bottom where a lot of it would get stuck on the licker drum. I know that because I put it through the bottom during the second pass. Never again. In any event, I ended up with a very nice blend of colors. I laid out the viscose as in the video, not too fine as you need enough so the wool doesn’t migrate. I had a very nice pattern with thin bands of color that you cannot get when laying out by hand.
I sprayed the viscose with clean water and I then retrieved my wool roving and rolled it on top of the viscose. I was then able to see where I needed to add extra wool. Since the wool had a small amount of white in it, I decided to enhance some of the white areas with long strands of white viscose. I then made some prefelt with the leftover viscose and a red that is in the Flamenco blend. I think it is called Passion. I left the ends dry on one end as these were going to be where I would join my tassels. When the prefelt was dry, I cut out my tassel shapes and rolled them out on some drawer liner I picked up at B&Q. It is basically the same as the one from Ikea except cheaper and grey. Plus the nearest Ikea is quite a distance away. I then added the tassels to my scarf and wet everything out and proceeded to felt in my normal way.
The wool is on the left. You can see the subtle variations in color and that there are no holes. The viscose side is very bright and shiny and you can also see the variations in color as well as the lovely texture you get when felting viscose on felt. This cobweb scarf is very well felted, and soo soft on the wool side, while the viscose side is shiny and silky. The two fibers have bonded very well together.
I have this scarf available for sale. You can contact me on my Facebook page for details and more information.