Wild Berries

 

Do you like cranberry jam as much as I do? It is still far away from harvesting time, but I can choose my favorite colors and cheer up right now. This time it will be a pair of green and magenta - two different colors of wool and viscose fibers.

 

This lesson will be devoted to the one of a collar joining method. This method allows to join any hood/collar from our patterns. This time it will be a turn-down hood.

 

Materials required for a small size vest: ~230-250g(8-9oz) of 18m Merino wool and ~50g(2oz) of viscose fibers.

We shall use vest pattern as a base and conventional two layers wool layout. Don't forget about the additional strengthening layer along the front of the hood.

Start the layout with a back hood detail. First, lay down viscose lining. Moisten viscose clouds with a warm soapy water.

Begin the wool layout, the order doesn't matter in this case: first horizontal then vertical layer or vice versa.

Moisten the wool with a warm soapy water then gently rub through the mesh all the surface, except allowances:

Turn over the template and continue layout the front detail:

First, lay down viscose "clouds"

Then bend the allowances:

Then lay down two wool layers and moisten the wool:

Rub through the mesh, forming the edges with circular movements:

Mark the connection points along the neckline with a bright thread. There will be three points - one central and two shoulder points.

Carefully rub the folds to avoid any ripples.

Rubbing gently until the wool fibers begin to join. Try not to touch the allowances.  Remove the template and excess water.

Put the hood aside and start vest layout. Take a look at the previous lessons for more details. The only difference is to leave the neckline allowances dry.

And now at last, both parts are ready for joining together. Do not remove the template from the basis - it will be more convenient for you. Getting start from back connection. First, put some film to prevent wool fibers from joining together then turn the back side to the front. Take the hood detail and place it face-to-face so as the central point coincide with the mark at the back detail.

Continue joining the shoulder line. The hood neckline might be a little longer than basis neckline. This excess might be allocated along the surface to enlarge the hood.

Turn the back on its place. Put some film under the neckline, continue joining the details.

Rub the junction both outside and inside. The shoulder point is the most critical - watching to avoid any ripples.

Now the connection is completed; continue felting process, roll equally in all directions, rinse out in a warm water, turn back adding fresh soap - roll until the garment becomes suitable for a first fitting.

The thin and smooth felt without any decorative fibers is an ideal surface for embroidery. All we need is a thread with a needle and free time for creativity.

Every time working with felt, I get convinced that simplifying the technical process I want to complicate the decor.

to be continued....

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