Friday, October 05, 2007

A Closer Look at Surface Design Fall Scarves

Keeping one's neck warm in Northern Minnesota winters is a challenge. This fall am working on surface design with triangle neck scarves, a secondary goal is to make small, comfortable scarves.

Viola - these triangle scarves with the long or neck edge cut on the bias. The bias cut allows the neck edge to wrap and snug in gently and gracefully. The designs are needle punched into wool crepe with barbed felting needles, then either machine or hand couched for further security. Then the piece goes into the washing machine for fulling (shrinking the entire piece and at the same time laminate felting the design into the base.) The washing also naturally frays the edges. This edge was chosen so there was texture, plus with this edge no sewing or hem is needed, making the edge softer for touch and drape.

With laminate felt appliqué the design goes through the base. The top side is more distinct and the under side more subtle. The Merlot scarf uses small bits of woolen tweed fabric. The blue scarves have hand spun yarn in a random stipple pattern punched into the base.

One of the fun things in this process is the unpredictability. The way the fibers react to the fulling process varies with the fabrics, the bases and the designs. One has an idea of what will happen, but the interaction of the fibers is not 100% predictable.

Thus far have created only these three. Am trying to come up with a name for them. Ideas welcome.

1 comment:

Lynda Lehmann said...

I had no idea making scarves was such an intricate process! I guess the unpredictability part is the same excitement of discovery that I and other painters find in painting! Thanks for sharing these!