I made approximately 49 scarves in 2020. Two are not shown as I still need to finish the brooches for them before taking photos. Because of lockdown, I was able to spend a lot of time felting, which I did nearly every day. I call 2020 my year for learning as I took a few online classes to learn new techniques. I also read books. I learned about the different ways of making lace; from grids, rings cobweb, etc. I learned about different ways to make edges on scarves for added interest. One of my favorite makes were the ruffled scarves. They are so glamorous. I need to make more of them, but smaller.
I also repurposed a few neck cowls and shawls into neck warmers. I love the neck cowls with matching beanie. They are so warm, but light enough to wear all day.
My husband bought me a drum carder and that has completely transformed how I will make some cobweb scarves in the future.
I used the drum carder to make viscose batts for this cobweb scarf. This was also the first time I made leaf tassels from prefelt. The idea for making viscose batts came from Katerina Korshun. I didn’t know it was possible until I watched one of her videos. I make mine from the top of the drum though. The rest of the design was my own. Leaf tassels are not a new thing, but I hadn’t made them before. I think the viscose batts are a game changer. I ordered viscose in every color from DHG and this is a nice way of using colors you wouldn’t use normally. In fact, I now have so much viscose that I needed to order more storage units.
I also used silk hankies for the first time. I used them on a leaf scarf tutorial by Katerina Korshun. The tutorial is suitable for beginners and you end up with such a beautiful and lightweight scarf
These are made with merino wool and silk hankies with some bamboo and sari silk fibers for the veins. These do require a fair amount of hankies, but I fortunately had enough for two scarves. I made one a bit smaller than the other. I’ve nearly run out of hankies, but I have some undyed ones from Wingham Wool Work ready for a dyeing day. As I write this, neither Wingham or World of Wool currently have any silk hankies in stock. The dyed ones I had purchased are quite expensive in comparison, but now that I am capable of dyeing them, I will only ever purchase undyed hankies to dye myself. These scarves were the last two items I made in 2020.