Sunday, 22 June 2014

Fibre of the Month June - Finnwool Piiku Project

I just loved making my patchwork top hats.. and the Piiku certainly felt soft enough that it would be comfortable.  I had also been lucky enough to see some beautiful Piiku felted vessels at Wonderwool Wales, so already knew that it was good for sculptural pieces.  I decided to make a colourful top hat!

I brought 4 differently coloured, variegated batts.  When I unrolled them they were more variegated than I had realised.. so I split each one into the strong colours (from the outside) and the softer, more heathery colours (which were inside).   I did find that there was a fair amount of veggie matter to pick out.. but they are such lovely colours, and the fibre is so soft and lovely, that it is well worth it!

I used the strong colours for this hat.

Though I decided not to use the lovely fresh ocean greeney blue in the bottom corner..
I know this just looks like a heap of fibre but it's
2 layers laid out on top of the resist.. I promise :)
Wetted, flipped, rays folded in, then 3 layers on,
flipped and put 3rd layer on the other side
 The strangeness at the top is the rays of the third layer in the top gusset sticking out under a separate piece of bubble wrap.
Part way through.
Lovely rich red, orangey red and smoky purple.
And then guess what happened..  I forgot to take photos of the rest of the process DUH!

Modelled by my baby :)

I love these vibrant colours..  But they are only half the story, I still had the other half of the batts left.. 

the softer colours from batts - my left overs

Which I turned in to:

Another top hat..
this one is a lovely turquoise, coral red and heather
- an unusual combo but really pretty
I think Rachael rather likes Top Hats :)

For comparison to sampling data:
Resist size: 18" tall x 19.5" across bottom (46cm x 49cm)
Finished size squashed as flat as possible: 10.5 x 12.5" across brim (27cmx32cm)
Shrinkage: 41% x 35%
Weight: 100g

They felted beautifully - fast and easy.. I'd even have say faster and easier than merino!  It was a pleasure to work with.

I'm really enjoying my top hats at the moment :)  These two are in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested..


Elmtree said...

Well, I can see why she rather likes top hats; they look good on her!

Els said...

Ha, these colourful top hats are much better than the "normal"black ones ;-)

Heather Woollove said...

I adore your top hats, Deborah!!!
...and your 'model' is a beauty! (Please tell her I said so!!)

FeltersJourney said...

Thank you Els :) x

Girls I'll pass your comments on to my little Miss :)

Elmtree, your compliment will make her even more determined that she should have each one :) x

Aah Heather I absolutely agree.. but you know how very biased I am! x

Terriea Kwong said...

Always love to read your experiments with different fibre. They're very informative and I'm glad to refer for my works. The hats are gorgeous with your sweetie.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Terrie :) I'm glad it's helpful xx

Clasheen said...

Nice hats!

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Nicola :)