I thought I ought to get out at least one felting post before the New Year, just to show that I have actually been felting, though only on weekends. I mentioned that I am working on a theme and a set. I was hoping to show the set all in one go, but I am still working on a few final touches and also the weather has not been great for taking photos.
Since I made my Birch Tree Scarf, I was inspired to make a scarf, mitten and hat set in two colorways. That meant making two complete sets. I started with the scarves, and then I made mittens and hand warmers. I must say that I didn’t take process photos of each item or each step. However, everything started with the drum carder.
I have been carding wool and viscose (not together) to make batts for cobweb scarves.
To make things go more quickly, I made another set of mitten templates to make one pair of mittens and another pair for hand warmers and worked on them at the same time. I also shortened these as not everyone likes long mitts. Here they are after having been rolled. I had carded up some fine merino wool in a batt of woodland colors and used them here as the top decorative layer. These are palms facing up. For the decorative side, I used carded viscose down the middle.
The viscose gives a nice texture. I made the tops of the handwarmers long to cover the fingers if it is too cold. There are a few ways to wear these handwarmers.
Here are the mittens. They have a layer of viscose inside for decorative purposes and to also give them a bit of strength. Both the mittens and handwarmers are thin, but warm, flexible, and durable. I had ordered a kilo of superfine natural merino from DHG before Christmas and used that as my base color. Here is how they turned out in the second colorway.
I made this set a bit longer on the arm. Although the templates are the same size, I just used a wee bit more wool at the bottom of the template and didn’t shrink them as much in length as the brown ones.
I made these the same way as I made the brown set, except that I added a bit more viscose for the decoration on the top as I wanted to minimize any migration. I used white viscose from World of Wool for the inside. Although you can’t really tell, it is very shiny. I love the way that no two items are alike and that is down to the carded batts. Should also make it easier to work out which is left and right! 😉
So, you should have an idea of what my sets will look like. More to come.