Stop press, my nuno felt poncho had been converted into an amazingly versatile sleeveless top!

Sleeveless top with flower brooch

I know that I promised you photos of my reversible nuno felt poncho/wrap in my last post but since yesterday afternoon the poncho has taken on a new identity masquerading as a fabulous sleeveless top! It is a bit of a long story and forgive me if I need to cut things short but it is a bank holiday here and my sister, her three kids and my mom are arriving to visit almost any minute now! 

Basically I am very excited that it has just been confirmed that I will be participating in a Charlotte Buch workshop at the Danish felting symposium this summer and yesterday I discovered that Charlotte has now uploaded a tutorial for her clever 3 in 1 top to her website, check it out for yourselves and see what I mean!  Armed with her finished measurements I hauled out my measuring stick and realised that the poncho was larger in diameter that those in the tutorial which meant that I could safely cut the neckline into a circle bigger thus transforming the poncho into this cute and extremely wearable reversible top! 

What makes this top so exciting for me is the multiple ways it can be worn and the fact that is is created from one single piece of flat felt and not shaped around a resist, perfect for an enthuastic beginner!!!  Head on over to my Flickr photos to view some (but not all) the ways you can wrap this beauty around your body. 

I’ll leave you with a shot from the back, isn’t this just a wonderful concept??? 

One option for the back view

April showers bring forth May flowers, sweet pea nuno felt poncho/wrap/cropped top!

Well, it is lashing outside this morning and for those of you not familiar with Irish expressions lashing means very heavy rain!  I had been planning on photographing some nuno felt scarves and wraps before uploading them to my new boutique but obviously I need to wait until we get a bit of a break in the weather. 

The good news is that I had a guilt free morning finishing fulling a large piece of nuno felt, I laid it out yesterday afternoon and had got it to the rolling and fulling stage before having to call it a day.  I love creating pieces that can be worn in more ways than one and this piece definitely fits the bill.  Basically it is a large reversible square with a hole in the middle and worn with corners pointing down it is a poncho, corners to the side a cropped top and if you fold it in half along the diagonal and roll the long edge slightly it makes a great warm wrap perfect to throw over your shoulders when the evenings get cool.

I don’t know how I suddenly ‘re-discovered’ the lilac muslin yesterday that I used for the base but with a house as tidy as mine every day in an adventure ploughing through piles of ‘stuff’!  Anyway, the lilac is wonderful with some of the beautiful sweet pea shades of light pink, blueberry and raspberry coloured kap merino from Wollknoll.  I also had some stunning hand dyed silk lap left over from a project earlier in the year and this just gives nice extra colour and texture to the surface of the wool side.  As the project progressed I was having huge debates with myself as to how or where I was going to cut into the square to create either an opening for the head or alternatively two arm holes which had also been in my mind.  What I decided to do was wait until the nuno felt was almost finished shrinking and then pin or drape the felt over my manequin before making the decision.  This worked well because immediately the poncho style looked good, now I want to make another large piece of flat felt but round this time. This one I will cut with two armholes and create a circular shawl loosely basing the design on this adaptation of Barbara Pooles. I think judging from my draping and folding this morning the circle will drape better for a sleeveles top than the square. If you haven’t already enjoyed this short video take a look now and I promise to upload pictures of my ‘Sweet Pea’ poncho/wrap/cropped top just as soon as the rain stops and I can take them!