As promised here are some pictures of my new style (loosly based on a Lyda Rump design) fabric and felt neckpiece.
The scarves that I have used in my first two prototypes are a 20% silk 80% linen mix and the beads are wet felted from some of my gorgeously soft short fibred merino. When I was taking these pictures I thought again how perfect this style would be for anyone who is allergic to wool. The felt beads may be moved around the scarf and never touch the skin therefore anyone finding wool itchy would never come in contact with anything irritable.
I formed one long felt bead around a wooden dowel and just before I had finished felting cut the piece into five even pieces. The black beads perfectly compliment the silver printed fabric and I am still deciding if I will add small seed beads to the turquoise neckpiece (pictures on Flickr) or leave it as is, plain and simple. As mentioned before I sewed the ends of the scarf together and covered the join with a felt bead. It would of course be an option not to do this but leave the ends open, this way the scarf could be wound around the neck in the normal manner as many times as wanted leaving the ends free to sit to the front or to the back.
I am off now to have a quick snack for lunch and then set in to a long afternoon felting in preparation for Sunday’s craft fair! Until tomorrow …..