My second shibori experiment on St. Patrick’s Day was this simple cowl, again felted using merino, cotton gauze and silk.
This time my design had a hole at one end through which the cords pull through from the opposite end to close the cowl, hope this makes sense! I love the combination of cerise, orange and raspberry wool as I think it gives the cowl a lovely warm and spicy feel. The cords were very easy to incorporate into the body of the felt and this is a design I am planning to play around with a little, possibly make my next cowl a little longer and a little narrower. Check out my Flickr photos for a full range of images from both sides of this piece.
Yesterday morning my latest order of silk arrived from Wollknoll and boy am I EXCITED! When Lyda Rump was here for our workshops in February she was saying that they now were dying some fantastic wool similar to that which I usually get from Filzrausch, a short fibred19 micron merino. I asked Sonja Fritz is she would be able to include a kg of various colours with my order for silk and I was blown away by the subtlty of the shades and how beautifully soft and easy this ‘Kap’ wool is to work with. There was a PERFECT rose shade (I have never got anything quite as beautiful in this colour before) and it just cried out to be felted with one of Lyda’s gorgeous hand dyed silk chiffon scarves.
Again I decided to experiment with a little shibori. My aim with this scarf was to emphasise the gorgeous colours from Lyda’s dying so I decided just to add wool at either end and not cover the chiffon completely. This created a fantastic and light scarf which would be an amazing present for someone allergic to wool, only the silk would be touching the skin when you throw the scarf around your neck! I have uploaded both these shibori pieces and my recent Zebra cobweb felt scarf to my Etsy shop this morning so if you are looking to treat yourself to a little uplifting pressie now is the moment!