Eva chose two scarves in a light nuno patterning, using silk gauze and Canadian uncarbonized merino as the base. She called after her visit to see if I could make the scarves a little heavier, to be more warm for the winter. I didn't want the scarf to become too rigid, or the wool to be too heavy in relationship with the silk, so I added a light layer of alpaca roving instead...Oh! What a dreamy felt this makes!I laid out the leaf designs, keeping each a little different, using handmade prefelt from the merino. Once the wool fibers had worked through the silk, I stopped felting and left the scarves to dry...ready to add stitch lines....paths...connections....following along how we meet, what paths lead us to another, where does our connection take us....as with many things, it is not necessarily about the finished product, or effect, but our intention and how we get there...
These looked so beautiful hanging in the window- they'd make such lovely, delicate, feminine curtains...I'd love to have a pile of scarves made up, all in white, ready to be dyed, and available to be draped at will or whim, randomly about....mmmmmm....good goal!
Eva asked for one scarf in off white...kept natural, but toned down with a brown tint. I added some gold/ochre/green highlights using pencil rovings...working with some of her favourite colours that she mentioned during her visit.
And her second scarf was to be in green and blue shades. It also has stitching throughout, all overdyed. As I dyed the scarf, I felt it needed a little extra colour boost, so I cut some leaves from scraps of merino felt, and dyed them chartreuse, then stitched them on after the scarf was finished and dried.
Normally I don't add lattice work on the ends of my scarves. This was a special request from Eva, so she could pass one end through the other, using the openings, to tie on the scarf. An interesting experiment for me. At the prefelt stage, after stitching, I cut the wool openings to be shaped like leaves, to carry on the theme from the body of the scarf. I love how it looks in the picture below- like a tree growing up my wall, with it's branches starting to open at the top.
Usually I produce my work as it appears through my imagination, often designing as I lay out the fibres, or work with the dye baths. This project was very much a collaboration between my customer and myself. A collection of ideas, played with creatively. I met Eva again while in Vancouver to deliver her special order. It was a nice way to finish...the felt and stitches connecting her ideas and mine....crossing the Salish Sea- her coming to my studio with ideas, and me meeting her in Vancouver with her finished felts....
Also a very nice way to get back on my felting feet!