Experimenting once again. This time with super fine merino and mohair to create a cobweb effect. This scarf is just divine to touch and incredibly light. I can see myself making lots more.
A large piece of bubble wrap was spread across a long moulded table...bubbles facing up... to serve as the fulling surface as I worked. I then placed a thin plastic sheet.....(the kind used by painters as a drop sheet)...on top with the overhang toward me. The overhang would be folded up over the top when I'm ready to felt and also serve to stop excess water dripping down my jeans.......which is really uncomfortable in cold weather.
To start the scarf.... I split the tops length wise until I could not split any further without losing it's shape and placed the strips next to each other along the full length of the table. The whole length of the table is needed as the very fine merino shrinks quite a bit.
In the finished scarf above one can see the cob web strands of Mohair between the lengths of Merino. This is my first try and it will be a challenge to see how fine I can make a scarf using this process. This is an original art piece and process, so if you do give it ago, please be kind and acknowledge the source.
|Romney with long curly staples|
The Romney Lincoln cross wool is several years old so I will need to rejuvenate it first. I'll do this by placing the fleece on an old sheet in full sun. Cover it with another sheet and sprinkle with water. I'll re wet the sheet now and then to keep the gentle steaming process going. Eventually the fleece will be fluffy and easy to separate ready for felting.