Last week I felted a long vest from Jacobs wool in natural brown, grey and white.. And I was a good girl.. I SAMPLED the fibre before beginning :) So a year spent doing 'Fibre of the Month' really has paid off and taught me a lesson is seems :)
As with last years samples this was 3 layers laid down over a 20cm x 20cm square and fully felted.
Finished size: 13cm x 17cm
Shrinkage: 35% x 15%
SO.. time to begin :) I wanted this vest to be long.. to be the same thickness as the back on my knit & felt Jacobs vest.. and to have the same motif on the back. I also wanted a curly wensleydale lock fringe around the bottom, so decided to make it open ended.
The resist was almost 5ft long from shoulder to hem.. though I had allowed a couple of inches extra to stop the locks from tangling and felting.
|Laying out the front..|
I laid out one side, then I put bubble wrap over
and laid out the other side to overlap the first
|The back with design and curly locks|
I couldn't remember how many fibre layers I used for the back of my knit/felt vest, so I guessed at 3 layers.. But this felt feels quite a bit firmer/thicker than that. The previous jacobs felt was made from a fleece I had cleaned and carded.. and the batts split into quite fluffy layers. I'm wondering whether I had in fact only used 2 layers.. or whether it's a difference in the fibre itself.. if the first lot was softer/finer.. I'm not sure.
But the shrinkage was just what I expected from the sample! Always good news :) It took 650 grams of fibre to felt this.. I did trim the front flaps and arm holes though.. probably lost a few grams there.
It reaches to a couple of inches above my knee