Saturday, August 28, 2010

Scrappy Scarves

I have built up quite a scrap pile with my felting and  I am running out of space for them. A couple of days ago I decided to use some of them in scarves made completely of left over materials.

 I laid out chiffon pieces that were different sizes, first sewing them together as best I could. The trick was to have no plan, to stay completely random. I am very good at random. Next I put down just one layer of red roving on the silk chiffon. The color was going to come from all my pieces. Then the fun began. All of the trimmings from felted garments that have felt on them are pre-felts, and mine have all kinds of sparkely ribbons and yarns in them. I also had some pieces of great silks that were too small to use in garments.

 I began by trying to be artistic, and quickly threw that idea out. I needed to just play. So I added pieces wherever they seemed to want to go. When the pieces were all on, I went through the whole process I do for Nuno felting. Then I threw it in the dryer. I had lots of length, so I didn't care if it shrunk. I wanted to see what it would look like. When it came out, I liked it, but I wanted still more.
I needle felted more texture and color into the scarf.

I ended up making 3 scarves, and they were just what I was in the mood for. They used up some of my scraps-just what I wanted. They are random and whimsical and lots of fun.



6 comments:

  1. They look great and would be so warm and snugly for the winter. Cameron you keep on coming up with great new ideas. I would love to have some of your energy.

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  2. That's a great way to use up scraps, I love the red one :)

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  3. Playing is good for the soul! Your play turned out wonderfully and it is a great way to use up your beautiful scraps. I'm forwarding you an email about a scarf challenge so watch for it. I'll bet you will get a lot of compliments when you wear these lovelies.

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  4. Fabulous and what an inspiration!

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  5. I love the red one too! I love red so it speaks to me. By playing you became artistic! They are fabulous.

    Scarves are so popular you should make more & sell these.

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  6. Hi Cameron!They are lovely! love the "random" factor!
    Hugs,
    Suzanne

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