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.

Felted shrugs

We love playing dress ups. We love it when someone makes something we can style and play with so that everyone can see how different something can look because we all play around with the item and can then demonstrate its versatility. This shrug just made us so excited.  Beth is very clever. She got the creamy colour by using bleach. That was an eye opener for most of us. Who’d put wool and bleach together and then come up with such a good colour? This shrug is wool, silk and chiffon and is very soft. The bleach has not made it hard and rough as you might imagine. There are some things which experience teaches which imagining can’t. We wanted Beth to put it on so we could see it and then play around with how it looked. We could see it was reversible and you got quite a different look if you turned it the other way. It’s just lovely and the silver brooches which Beth added just made it look cool. It would take a lot of time to felt the fabric and then put ti together so it drapes properly. This shrug was as fun as it was fantastic.

It’s all in the colour

When you are thinking yarn art , it’s all in the colour. It’s in the choices you make, the techniques you use and then the combinations of colour and technique you select. Alexis is one of the people in our group who knows how to put the art in yarn. We love her colour combinations and then the ways she puts those colours together so that the visual impact is there. This week was no different.

 

felted scarf and hand dyed woolShe  had brought in a felted scarf and a cake of dyed wool. No ordinary scarf and no ordinary wool. She called the wool Ugly Duckling Wool. It was dyed with a dye called Tomato but there were lighter flecks in there of off white. Visually it was really interesting and the tomato colour was attractive and then you’d find yourself wondering what you would make with that colour wool. There were a few moments of hilarity when someone thought she’d used real tomatoes to get that colour -which you can’t – and they wanted to know  how many tomatoes and then the confusion that the dye was called Tomato. One of those funny linguistic misunderstanding conversations.

 

 

felted wool scarf with silk inlayThe wool, though, brought out the colours of the inlaid silk in the black felted scarf. It was a visual trick which worked well. The scarf is made from jet black First Editions wool and is very soft and pliable. It drapes well which often is not the case with felted scarves. The inlaid silk is crinkled and adds a visual dimension which brings out movement in the colour. Clever. Very clever.

 

 

 

 

 

knitted felted bagThen we had the knitted felted bag to feast our eyes on. All the time it was sitting there next to Alexis’ electronic spinner, we were learning about art and colour. The wool batts are Tasmanian Blue gum leaves ( aka silver dollar) and the longer you brew the mixture, the darker the colour. That burnt orange is lovely. The knitted, felted bag is reminiscent of Kandinsky colours…like his Aquarelle avec taches rouges or maybe , if you want to go Australian, an Arthur Streeton like Evening Game. Alexis just knows how to blend a number of colours so they look good.

Evening game Arthur Streeton
Evening game

 

Kandinsky
Aquarelle avec taches rouges