I began yesterday by choosing my materials and today I started by laying out the roving to make the flat felt that will eventually be sculpted into a cloche, or wide brimmed hat. I laid out 3 layers and then decided it needed a bit of sparkle. The woman who ordered this is an entertainer with very red hair, so I don't think she is going for subtle. Since the fabric I will be using for the flower has gold threads in it I decided to sprinkle some gold Firestar on the roving.
|Shingling the merino roving|
|Firestar sprinkled on top|
After it was all laid out I covered it with some netting and rubbed until it passed the pinch test. Then I went to work with the sander. I love using the sander!!!!
|Rubbing on the netting with a recycled grocery bag|
|I love my sander <3|
|Rinsing, squeezing & kneading|
|Throwing - this part can be a lot of fun!!!|
|2 layers of roving on the back|
|Rolling the cord that will be the ties|
Now to make the flower. I cut out 2 circles from the shirt and one I cut into petal shapes. I laid some roving, Firestar and kid mohair locks then sanded it together. The other circle has roving laid onto the back only. These aren't the best photos but it will be Fab when you see it all together tomorrow!
|Fabric with merino roving, Firestar and kid mohair locks.|
|The 2 pieces of fabric together. It will look better tomorrow!|