This was a rather exciting week here in the UK.. not only was Friday the Spring Equinox (and what a wonderful first day of Spring it was!) but we had a solar eclipse.. also on Friday, preceded by a super moon on the Thursday night.
I decided to honour the heavens with my work on Thursday and Friday.. making a vest, similar to the Jacobs one in the last post but different..
For this one I used black and white Shetland fibre with lots of Wensleydale locks. I had a clear idea in my mind.. and had scribbled a quick sketch on a scrap of paper the night before :) I wanted an eclipsed sun motif on the back, a silvery silk mother moon riding just above the heart, locks fringing the collar front and bottom edges and white Shetland lines running up from the bottom.
|Quick planning sketch|
I decided to use just 2 layers this time so it will be a more supple felt than the Jacobs.. white on the inside natural black outside.
|Front: laying out one side, wetted then covered with bubble wrap|
|Front: laying out second side to overlap the first. |
I decided to add white lines running in from the arm hole here..
designs almost always evolve en route :)
|Back: building the eclipsing sun motif|
|Well rolled.. armholes have been cut and healed.. |
still loads of shrinkage left to go
|After rolling for ages (don't ask me how long.. 2, 3 hours) I added more heat and|
started alternating throwing, massaging and rolling.. while trying it on Sally from time to time to check the fit and
see which bits needed more work
|Drying. The silk full moon and the white line details show up just how I hoped :)|
|An eclipsed sun from prefelt and Wensleydale locks|
I'm planning to add a branch button closure this week.. I'll post an update with all the buttoned vests / jackets later in the week :)