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« on: March 18, 2012 03:42:22 PM »

  I made these 2 scarves and one cowl a while ago, but am just now getting the time to post (okay so I'm avoiding folding laundry, but what ever)

I made the scarves with Merciboo top (Merino, Bamboo and Silk)   If there is interest in how I did it I took a few pics of the process, but not the whole thing.  So I can post a partial tutorial, if anyone is interested

Hand felted scarf, with beads by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

confetti scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this one was a batt. With a lot of different fibers in it, including Alpaca, which was so sad, because I totally dig it, but I can't wear it, and making it sure sucked after a while, I was so itchy!

Hand felted cowl by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr
If I can take better pics, I will... just need to find the time (because I really need to get to that laundry...  Apparently my kids and husband like to wear clean clothes  Roll Eyes Tongue )
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2012 04:15:44 PM »

They are all lovely, but it's sucha shame you can't wear that last one: it is so gorgeous.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2012 04:46:53 PM »

These are beautiful Belladune! That is a shame about the second scarf its amazing... I was given a beautiful alpaca scarf a while ago and couldn't wear it of the scratchiness too (which I thought was weird because just feeling the scarf in my hand it felt cashmere soft but once it was around my face and neck it felt like sandpaper.)

And if you have some more chores to procrastinate on, I'd love to see progress shots  Smiley!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2012 05:32:15 PM »

Thank you ladies!  I'll try and snap a few better detail shots and get them up asap.  And post the process photos Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2012 12:36:30 AM »

The cowl is so exquisite. Can we see it closer, please?
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012 08:04:58 AM »

Not sure how I missed this, but they are all so pretty. The last one is to die for though. Smiley

Put some shoes on out in the snow.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012 08:09:37 AM »

Thank you! 
I know, my Mom would give me heck if she saw I was wearing sandles out in -10`C.  lol
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012 06:15:08 PM »

Okay, close ups!   Grin


Hand felted and beaded scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Hand felted Confetti scarf by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr


Hand felted Cowl with hand made poly clay buttons by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And this was my process for both the blue/grey scarf and the confetti scarf

First you take a chunk of roving as long as you want your finished item to be and spread it out thinly, so that you can almost see through to the bottom.  Do this over a layer of bubble wrap and tulle.  You need enough tule to fold over the top too.

Felting process by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

This is what the whole thing looks like spread out

Felting process by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Next you muss up the top, pulling fiber off the top willynilly.  I probably have about 50% of the thickness messed up.  Keep some aside and if you want bits in your scarf, as you should sandwich your add ins between layers of your foundation fluff. you don't need much.

Felting process by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

What it should look like when you are done laying out the  fibres.

Felting process by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

And a close up for fun

Felting process by SpinHeartSpin, on Flickr

Then from there you fold the extra tulle over the top, and felt as you would anything.  Here's a quick and clean (because felting is good clean fun) wordy explanation.
1- Get yourself some hot soapy water in a spray bottle.
2- Spray the heck out of your wool
3- very very very gently, pat the wool through the tulle
4- slowly increase your pressure, and start gently rubbing the wool
5- eventually (it's a long eventually, and if you are just trying this out the first time, don't do a scarf.  Make a coaster) you can get very rough with your wool, and start rolling it up with the bubble wrap and tulle in place and log roll it.
6- once you get to a point where you can pinch the top of the item with no fibres coming up, you can start the final full.
7-the final full is where you take the item between your hands and rub it hard. fold it upon itself, roll it up, unroll it, twist it, beat it on the table. you can get pretty mean.
8- rinse that baby out in cold vinegar water and lay out to dry!

Note* You are going to need to pull your tulle up often, so that you don't felt your wool to the tulle.

And there you have it!  This was a method I developed when I was trying to spin a partially felted roving.  I had to pull out the fibers in every direction, and noticed it pulled out realy large.  I thought it would be a really fun way to use a hand painted roving or top, but all I had was white, and I was to impatient to dye it first!  I dyed the Blue/grey one after it was felted.

 






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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012 06:56:11 PM »

So beautiful! The beads added so much to the look, and I like the pure white with specks of color.
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012 06:35:24 AM »

Thank you!
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