|My Chloe in my Seaweed Scarf|
|detail of my hand carded blend of colors, space dyed Bombyx Silk to|
I attempted to keep things simple by calculating the weight of wool we'd need for the project, in advance. I referred to a notebook where I've logged the weight and dimensions of scarves I've made, and notes to remind myself what I thought about the results. I chose the scarf I had noted as my "favorite weight" and planned for this workshop accordingly. I was shooting for a lightweight, evenly felted scarf of space dyed wool with a layout of silk top on the surface.
My prototype Seaweed Scarf was wet felted of a hand carded blend of merino top in greens, with space dyed silk top roving on the surface.
|Lisa laying out her first layer|
|Lee laying out her first layer|
I had everyone go through the exercise of calculating their layout size, based on the desired finished scarf dimensions, and we marked the area with painter's tape or marking pen on their work tables.
|Judy zipping along|
|Sara on her first layer|
We switched to Plan B: Every one was given more wool, and some students decided to make their scarf with three layers. Because we didn't have more wool to match all the scarves, some felters used merino wool in a solid color, and laid it out in the center layer to make the color transition subtle.
|Grete preparing her silk layer|
|Sara's wet down, ready to roll|
Some also chose the option to lay out only three layers, instead of four, as the day grew longer. They were willing to accept uneven shrinkage, and the results proved that four layers laid out in alternating directions does give more even shrinkage than three layers (because two layers wind up in one direction, and only one layer will be in the opposite direction).
|Lee rolling along|
|Sara squishy rolling|
It was a good reminder to me that felt can not be rushed to fit our time frame; and that it's important to go willingly with the flow in the end- it's likely others will flow along with you.
A big thank you to my flowing students for their great attitude and creative persistence.