Nuno felt and silk scarves, alternative ways of wearing them!

Everyone has their own favourite way of wearing a scarf or wrap. Confident people usually just fling them on and always look fabulous while others need a little help working out the different options before finding a style in which they feel comfortable with. I've started a board on Pinterest titled 'Beautiful scarves and ways to wear them', why not check it out and follow along if you're looking for inspiration? A lot of the styles I'm pinning look wonderful in nuno felt or silk, it's important that the fabric is flexible to achieve the look you're aiming for!

Here's a large crepe de chine scarf that I printed with rose leaves while I demonstrated during last week's retreat, I love the softness of how this heavy silk drapes making it perfect for an impromptu halter neck top.

Rose eco printed silk square worn as halter neck top

Large silk square from behind, two simple ties and it's a beautiful top!

These particular rose leaves printed very softly on silk and with stronger colours on wool, felt or cellulose fabrics, here are a couple of close up images from this particular silk scarf.

Rose leaves on crepe de chine

Lovely strong shape from rose leaves

If you've a favourite way of wearing your scarves or wraps why not share it here by leaving a comment? I'm heading to the studio shortly to felt a lightweight nuno wrap, pictures later in the week as soon as it's felted and printed.
 

 

 

Up-cycling mohair off cuts into little felt pouches and hard at work organising my new online presence!

My sister Lizzy requested a little cell phone holder as one of her Christmas presents and since this proved to be a big hit with various members of the family I decided to get in gear and felt some more! Working with woven mohair off cuts from Cushendale Woollen Mill and a few scraps of silk I laid out a simple design on top of two layers of finnish wool (thanks Chrissie!) and created a piece of flat felt. The completed felt was nice but not very exciting and that’s where the fun began, I got out my sewing machine!!!

Free machine embroidered pouch

Selecting just a few embroidery threads with a lovely high sheen I stitched simple shapes in both contrasting and complimentary colours on top of the silk and highlit various squares of the mohair off cuts. As learnt during a workshop with Lisa Klakulak at ‘Felt in Focus’ in Denmark last July, by stitching in a particular way it is possible to raise the surface area of the felt and create added texture and interest. Beautiful buttons picked up with Kirsten Lang in Odense completed the last two pouches and now I have four more pieces of felt completed just waiting for some stitching today. I do love how in places the stitching echos the shapes of my dry stone walls, free form but effective I think!

Finally for today, I am in the process of organising my online presence to work in the most effective manner possible during 2012 and from this time forth. In effect this means that I have joined Pinterest (check it out, it’s addictive!), set up a Tumblr blog (a little like Twitter for bloggers!), am working on my Big Cartel store and will be reactivating my Etsy shop, busy, busy time indeed!!!  Do please follow me on these new sites if you are interested, they will keep you up to date with all my activities in addition to my biggest love which as you already know is felting!!!