Silk laps again and still tidying!

In response to some of your comments re. the silk laps I also find that they can ‘catch’ your skin as you are laying them out but definitely not as much as silk hankies do. What I like to do if my hands are dry is to rub them in olive oil about ten minutes before I start to lay out the silk. Really saturate your hands in the oil and then rub off any excess with a damp towel just before you start to work and you will find that it definitely helps quite a bit. I am going to contact the lady I bought the laps from on Monday and hope to be able to offer them for sale on my Etsy shop! I would also love if she would allow me to sell her hand dyed cotton gauze as well, I really regret not buying more last weekend although I did buy about 12m of cream gauze which if I ever found the time I could dye myself!

Tomorrow morning I have my first Winter workshop here at Clasheen and participants are travelling from as far as Limerick and Dublin. I do find it quite ironic that nobody local is attending this time, really I do need to put up some good signs locally and possibly advertise in the local parish newsletters as well. My demonstration to the St. Mullins ICA (Irish Countrywomens Association) on Monday night was good fun and it was great seeing all the expressions as the wet wool quickly became a beautiful piece of flat felt. I need to get off the internet now and get back to the dreaded tidying otherwise I will NEVER be ready for the morning!

Don’t forget that if you want to participate in the Clasheen Winter Swap you need to contact me via our Flickr group and sign up before Thursday 12th November.

Creating nuno felt incorporating cotton gauze and beautiful silk laps

As mentioned previously, I was furious with myself for not buying any hand dyed silk laps at the Knit and Stitch Show in Dublin last year.   Basically they are like a really huge silk hankie and perfect for adding vibrant colour and texture to any felt project but especially felt wearables.

Hand dyed silk laps and cotton gauze

Hand dyed silk laps and cotton gauze

This year I didn’t make the same mistake and although the photo doesn’t do the silk laps justice (they are sitting on top of the hand dyed cotton gauze) I am sure you can see why I was attracted to the colours!  To make my nuno felt wrap I stretched the hand dyed cotton gauze on my kitchen table and then laid out a thin and uneven layer of short fibred merino on top.  The gorgeous peacocky purples and pinks of the gauze and the silk seemed to cry out for complimentary and contrasting colours of merino so I used various shades of plum and blackberry along with a couple of splashes of hot orange to up the ante! 

Silk, merino and cotton gauze wrap

Silk, merino and cotton gauze wrap

There was a lot of rubbing and rolling involved to finish the wrap but I love the final textures and sheen from the surface.  Obviously the wrap is reversible and may also be worn tied around the waist like a sarong!  Possibly I could have ended up with even more texture if I laid out the merino even lighter but I did want to make sure that it would be possible to wear the wrap around the waist and if worn this way didn’t want the fabric to appear see through!  More images on Flickr.