Felted wonders

Alexis’ felted waistcoat created some good conversations about colour, felting technique and wearable felting. Alexis’ felted clothes are wearable because her felted fabric is soft and supple. The grey lining is the bottom of the felted piece. The waistcoat has silk in it as well. It is just lovely.

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Felted collar

Talk about panache and environmentally friendly to boot! Natural fibres and upcycling have contributed to this spectacular felted collar by Alexis. She had a silk skirt she didn’t want to wear any more. Add fine merino tops, wet felting and voilà – a very chic collar which would dress up any outfit and add some real style. The colours really stand out and are what define this collar, but it’s the intricate designs from the silk , blended in with the felting which make this project so interesting and just so classy. We loved it.

Crochet mandalas

Dolece and Gabbana Spring Summer 2019
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Christine drew our attention to a wonderful Dolce and Gabbana dress featured in their Spring/Summer collection 2019. On the video it comes up at 12.27 but the parade itself is worth a watch because it is full of colour, texture, movement and interesting uses of textiles.  In a photo it looks like they have printed mandala onto fabric but in real life you can see the mandala are made of sequins. It is great to see crochet inspiring fashion houses like D&G. Still images of this parade are on the Vogue site

In crochet circles mandala are ever popular. They are colourful. They are interesting to make and they can be as big or as small as you want them to be so they have lots of uses and make a good visual impact because they are so vibrant and have texture.

Knitted felted bag

Wendy is new to felting and was one of the felting workshop participants. She has chosen to follow through on that and do some experimenting. You never know if you do not try. She has tried out an idea for a knitted, felted pouch. She used homespun wool, made her bag , put it in a hot washing machine for and hour and a half and here is the result. The bag has a really great texture and the knitting is invisible. The hints of pink and blue on the dove grey give it a nice artistic effect. Less is more and the simple, effective use of colour works well. She is using the pouch for her electric wheel foot peddle and cords. Karin pointed out, just to remind us, that a pouch like this would suit a tablet but you have to be careful because it might slide out too easily and it’s something you need to check. Experience is a great teacher!