Here is my first alternative fur scarf. I love it so much that I decided to make another one. However, it did take me ages using the crochet hook. So, I order a punch needle tool from a supplier on Etsy. You can use it with chunky or super chunky yarns.
It certainly made making the second one a lot easier.
I had more of the same type of yarn, but in a different colorway. I made it the same as before, but I did use a little bit less as I spaced them out more. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I purchased some fabric covered hooks that I will use as a clasp. This way I don’t need to cut an opening.
After I prepared this scarf, I made some samples with different yarns to see how they would felt up in different loop sizes and backings.
I used the same yarns I used on the scarves. On the multi-colored pink, I used Shetland prefelt for the backing and for the multi-colored blue I used a blue prefelt I made previously. The bright pink homespun I made on the spindle on merino prefelt, and the blue twisted yarn is a 100% wool yarn on Shetland prefelt. The natural color is natural white super chunky merino from World of Wool. I believe that is what Katerina Korshun may have used in her video. It is more like pencil roving but with a single twist.
I like the way my blue pre-felt and the Shetland pre-felt felted up. All the pre-felts felted quickly and firmly. I will be more inclined to purchase the Shetland prefelt again as it is quite cheap and is great for projects like this. I wouldn’t wear it against my neck though as it is a little scratchy. However, I think it would also make a good base for wet felted paintings. This is a good way of seeing how the yarns felt and working out different lengths. I don’t know why, but the yarn I purchased from Uruguay is very soft and fluffy after making this scarf and brooches, while all the other yarns are a bit stiff. The label says it is 100% merino. Apparently from a website that sells this wool, it is superwash, although I couldn’t find anything on the label saying so. There was no issue with it when I felted the scarf, so the wool may have just really anchored it well. I don’t know, it is a conundrum. In any event, I will be looking out for more of this once the shops re-open. I just love it! But it is really expensive, so I need to wait for a sale! The blue yarn with a twist is most like the yarn on the ball and is 100% wool. Both the merino yarns felted up crinkly and stiff. I will try the natural white again, but with longer loops. The nice thing about using the natural merino is that it can be dyed.
I have some other yarns that I will make samples with. It is certainly a good way of using up leftover yarn and you get a nice little brooch too!