My new nuno felt vest/stole!

As stated in yesterday’s post, I headed to the studio in the afternoon to felt some yardage and once it was dry I cut out the free-style curved stole from ‘shapeshape’ by Natsuno Hiraiwa. It definitely drapes differently in felt as opposed to the jersey I tried in the morning but I love the finished result, to me it’s much more a vest than a stole!

Free-style curved stole adapted slightly and prior to dyeing

In fact I adjusted the pattern when I started to cut, one because I was aiming for a longer piece at the back, two because I wanted a narrower piece to drape or form a collar at the front. I was also limited by the amount of muslin that I had in stock (I LOVE nuno felting with muslin!!!) so my end yardage was not quite as long at the pattern asked for, I laid out one very fine layer of merino between two layers of fabric and then decorated one side with a lot of raw silk, the piece is obviously now reversible. It’s amazing how much more confident I was cutting into my felt as a result of discovering that the angled armholes appear to suit my body shape. Like my sample from the morning this piece fits well and now all I have to do is decide what colours to dye it!!! With some of the waste I cut out the reversible faux collar, this piece was a big revelation because Natsuno says not to take any short cuts when cutting, it’s obvious why once you do cut and as a result it sits beautifully around the neckline. In the picture I have it lying back to front, I like the vee shape!

Texture and soft colour from the raw silk