Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Felted Rainbow's End

I don't have an 'inside set' so that I can have two warps going at once, so in order to get the Lemon Yellow warp onto the loom I needed to get the Wool Rainbow warp OFF. I wove off the last foot or so last night and threw it in the washing machine to felt it.

 I wasn't overly attached to the outcome with this warp. The Kauni Effektgarn was SUPER scratchy and unpleasant next to the skin so my only intent for the warp was to make some sort of a colourful yard banner. Well did I have a surprise taking this yardage out of the dryer this morning! It softened up a LOT! Not sure if a simple handwash (without the felting) would have been sufficient, but Kauni is MUCH nicer after felting!

Another pleasant surprise is the rather 'organic' look to the untwisted fringe when it felted.

  Felted fringe

This warp is intentionally quite long; far, far longer than I need for a single banner. I'll likely cut it into several yard banners, and perhaps reserve some of the scraps for other projects. For instance, this rather plain section might become part of a bag once I have done some embellishing on it. Embroidery? Beading? We'll see.

Might add embroidery to this section and use it as part of a bag.

The next two photos are sections woven by my 8 year old granddaughter. She was having such fun experimenting! I enjoyed watching her enthusiasm.

More of the granddaughter's playing.

One of her favourite 'techniques' was to pull the shuttle out mid warp and then tuck it back in again leaving long floats.

8 year old granddaughter's experiments.

Her wild abandom certainly made my experiments look rather tame in comparison!


I do like the way the sequins twinkle. It should catch the eye sparkling in the summer sun as a yard banner.

Thick n thin weft

One of the ideas I experimented with was that of side fringes. These were done using a clasped weft technique and short thrumb pieces that I left exposed at the sides.

Ribbon insertions and side fringes.

I showed the 'Sea Creatures' section of the weaving when it was a work in progress. Here's how it looks now that it is felted. I have unravelled a section of the black polyester fabric I inserted in this section. I think it looks a bit squid like.

Sea creatures

 This undulating weft bit turned out rather interesting.

  Undulating weft.

 I had inserted some short lengths of wool thrumbs and the felted into interesting blobs.

  Felted thrum ends.

 And here we end with the fringe that was actually the beginning.

  Playful fringe.


Gene Black said...

It ended up being quite an interesting piece.

Ruinwen Dagorielle said...

Wow! Your weaving really took on a life of its own! There is so much diversity and creativity embedded in every row! ;)

Marlene said...

Interest, diversity, and creativity are unleashed to their max when there is no clear intention and no attachment to the outcome I think, Gene and Ruinwen.