Little Secrets

 

When I was a child, I was dreaming about hidden treasures. These could be a beautiful pearl in a sea shell, a rare mushroom in a forest, a magic door in a cave. Even when I grew up, I feel that there are some interesting discoveries ahead.

 

I was searching a simple pattern, that is suitable for felting and I have found an interesting design of seamless vest with built-in hood with shawl collar.

 

We'll need to modify the original vest pattern again. It will be composed of two parts, as before. Enlarging the neckline gives us the possibility to extend the hood.

Vest will be shorter than usual this time. I've found three types of silk fabrics with different densities to be used as design elements: chiffon, satin and ponge. We shall see how they look felted.

 

Materials requred: ~150g(6oz) of 16mcn(18mcn) Merino wool; ~20g(1oz) silk fibers and different silk fabric pieces for decor.

The wool layout is conventional two-layer, without any changing, as shown in the diagram below.

I like both bright and sober colors; I like the softness effect, when one color is mixed with another. It resembles for me some kinds of fruits: peaches or apricots. Be careful when mixing colors. My advice is to make a sample before starting a project.

 

 I've a plan to make a gentle and cozy waistcoat mixing two wool colors: unbleached white and fraise, for more visibility.

Cut off film rings and circles of different size. Put them randomly on the first wool layer moistened and rubbed:

Take the silk fabrics, cut them into rags and put under the film pieces:

Lay a thin wool strands over each design element:

Continue wool layout according to diagram:

Moisten the wool with a warm soapy water and rub through the mesh, except allowances:

Cutted prefelt rings allows you to diversify the design:

Turn over the template:

Silk fibers makes the reverse side surface shining:

Form the open edges by circular movements but don't try too hard:

Continue laying out the front detail: start with a silk fibers, then lay out first wool layer and bend the allowances:

Spread the decor all around the surface then continue laying out the second wool layer:

Moisten the wool, rub through the mesh, around the edges, bend the allowances and rub until fibers begin to felt together:

Continue laying out the second front detail in the same manner:

Now, the hood is ready to connect. Lay down the first hood part exactly in a line on the table surface.

Take the next piece and place it on a first detail over the allowance.

Decorate the obtained joint with a thin wool strands:

Wet and rub manually through the mesh from inside and outside:

Start felting process with rolling in a tube in different directions:

Remove the template; form the open edges; align the flaps:

When you feel the wool is more dense, you can start cutting the "little secrets":

Rub each element separately, forming edges:

Continue felting process:

Rub the neck area to enlarge the hood:

Check the symmetry by folding the vest in half:

It is ready for the first fitting:

And now we can see how different silks looks felted. The gauze fabric is almost invisible, so this kind of silk is great for laminating decorative materials (i.e. sequins) Satin and ponge, conversely, gives us a beautiful relief texture.

 

I would need a lot of time to finish the design with the embroidery:

As a result I've got a beautiful hoodie vest, as I wanted, perfect for a capricious and changeable weather.

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