Beautiful beaded silk felts perfectly!

One very welcome spin off from my recent adventures in freestyle knitting has been discovering some of the amazing natural and man made yarns now available online or in specialist shops.  I felted myself a little clutch bag (purse for our American friends!) on Thursday afternoon and decided to add various yarns from my Blade scarf into the surface layer as an experiment to see how they would felt.  The most amazing revelation was the huge success of some Tilli Tomas beaded silk!  This is a very beautiful but expensive yarn and I had a small bit of discarded knitting with some cut threads which I really didn’t know if it would be possible to incorporate successfully into my felt.    I laid out the bag around a resist as  normal, decorated the surface with the scrap of beaded silk knitting, some artificial sari ribbon and some swirls of a Rowan wool/silk yarn and a silk/cotton combination.  Some of the beaded silk I covered with the finest wisps of fibre and other areas I left uncovered.  I needn’t have worried, the beaded silk felted beautifully and actually needed no covering wisps at all.  

Clockwise from left - sari ribbon, silk-wool, silk-cotton and beaded silk


I love the way the knitting has become distorted and the little seed beads gleam and glisten as they catch the light!  The sari ribbon also became incorporated really easily and it was actually the silk/wool and silk/cotton combinations that needed a little extra care while rubbing before they felted fully into the wool.  I love the effect of all the different yarns in the finished bag and know that it will get lots of use over the coming months, green is after all the colour that I am most often to be seen wearing!


5 thoughts on “Beautiful beaded silk felts perfectly!

  1. Once again, I love, love love this! Wish we had time to do something that complex while I’m there…maybe someday!

    See you soon,

    • Hi Nicola, I love the design for the bag, especially the opening. I tried it out in orange and put a wee wooden button on and it looked great. I can’t upload a pic here, I’ll send it to you on Facebook. You are so generous sharing your ideas. Thanks x

  2. Aloha Nicola!!! Just a quick minute…Internet usage is expensive here, but just couldn’t resist saying hi and commenting on how lovely your bag is. I’ve thought about using beaded yarns as inclusions and your results are beautiful…Will have to give this a try.

    Hope all is well.


  3. I’ve successfully used yarns of all kinds into felt and they’ve never been a problem to felt in provided you rub long enough but I’ve never used a beaded one. That sounds really exciting and is giving me ideas already – thank you

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