The big news last week was a wholesale order for ten scarves destined for Italy. The buyer wanted three simple merino and seven nuno felted scarves. I hadn’t even negotiated the price before I was ordering silk and merino. Today it was play time.
It started with 2 yards of silk georgette printed with a ‘Fantasy Flowers’ pattern. My first instinct was to lay strips across one side so the fabric would show through. Not bad, but probably not something I would wear.
My preference is to leave most of the fabric exposed with hints of wool for warmth and structure.
Some little bits of fabric were left over after I trimmed the scarf, so I placed them on a single layer of the same blue merino. Now we have a felt scarf with a hint of silk.
The second piece I ordered was a bold print called ‘Black and White Carnations’.
Without realizing the implications, I ordered a single yard, which left me with a piece too short and broad to wrap around several times, but perfect for either a neckerchief or a collar.
Somewhere in the middle of working on the seafoam scarf, I realized the perfect solution was to use wide strips to construct a scarf the length I wanted; the gap between the two vertical pieces is obvious in the picture on the right. This is by far my favorite scarf. Layered with maroon merino, the carnations take on a chocolate color. One layer of merino creates a supple yet warm scarf. There is more of this silk in my shopping cart already.
This Wednesday, November 7th, I’ll be teaching a NunoFelt workshop at my house from 10-12. Leave a comment if you would like to try your hand at this versatile technique.