I've been getting back into spinning over the last year. Trouble is I am not very fast at knitting or crochet. Then someone lent me a small rigid heddle loom. I was hooked from the first piece.
So this is a little visual storyline on how it all happens...
I start by dyeing the fibre. In this instance I have chosen a merino roving and some mulberry silk tops. They start out white but after I have chosen and applied the colourway it looks like this.
Next I card and blend the merino and silk together into gradients of colour.
I then spin the singles
Which look like this when wound on a ball winder ready to ply
I take one ball and using the thread from the centre and the thread from the outside, ply them together. This is the pink to purple gradient plied
And this is both balls plied, skeined and washed
They are then woven into a grey warp. I have used a dark grey 2ply merino for the warp. And viola! I have a lovely pure wool, hand dyed, hand spun, hand woven shawl.
I still have a bit of finishing to do but I am excited by this process.
These scarves are made from merino wool, felted into sheer black tissue silk and maybe some silk threads here and there to give the colours lustre. A special little feature at the centre are the little felted beads. Your scarf can be worn so that it looks like a scarf with a matching necklace. I will have a couple of these in my etsy shop from time to time so pop over and take a look.
Here are a few nuno felted pieces I have been working on lately.
The first three are images of a long, gossamer coat. It hangs to the hips at the front then sweeps to just above the ankles at the back. The upper layer is like an extended collar/cape. Very floaty when worn. Very hard to get a good picture of this one.
This second piece is a nuno felt scarf which incorporates layers of silk which I have dyed using shibori methods, hand dyed cotton gauze and border leicester curls, also hand dyed. All felted together with merino wool.
Both the coat and the fringed scarf are going into an exhibition. The following nuno felt shibori scarves are listed in my etsy shop. They too are light, soft, gossamer pieces.
I have nuno felted the centre with soft superfine merino. Then stitched and gathered this section into folds and dyed it. When the stitches are removed, the folds remain creating this wonderful concertina pattern. Each gossamer scarf can be worn in a number of very different ways.
Now that the heat of an Australian summer seems to have passed, and the madness of the silly season has been laid to rest for another year, I have a little time to show you what I have been working on of late.
I now run workshops in my studio, so if you live on or near to the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Queensland, Australia, keep an eye on my facebook page for forthcoming events.
I have also been working on these.
My little felted baby booties
In natural wool