Performer, yoga teacher, wife, and mother of two adds wool and silk to the list
Several years ago, I became friends with an extraordinary artist who happened to be holding small felting workshops at her home studio. I spent an entire day learning how to make a seamless felted purse and was very disappointed with the still-wet end result. I swore I'd never do THAT again. That night I dreamed of the pattern for another purse. I drew it with colored pencils the next morning. I called my friend and rented her studio, purchased materials from her, and created the purse I would then carry for the next four years. After that, the leap to nuno-felting (adding silk to the process) was short. By the fourth scarf, a different friend informed me I needed to make more of them. Then she informed me, "And you will sell them. As soon as you have ten, let me know and I'll invite over women I know who love scarves. We'll have coffee, dessert, and we'll shop." My first sales were at her house.
Over 200 sales later, I am just back to felting after a year hiatus (rocky times after a big move). I no longer felt in a cold, dank basement. The studio is still makeshift in our rented house, but it is sunny and warm. The walls are a lovely pale yellow. My mannequin heads watch over me like muses. And I no longer want to crank out scarves in quantity. Instead I intend to do a bit more experimenting with garment construction, felting techniques. Woolynns, the next generation.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
The item pictured is the item you will receive.
I mostly work with nuno felting, a bonding of wool with silk that is quite a physical process. I begin by laying out feathery layers of wool roving, decorative yarns and embellishments on top of a large silk scarf. Then the entire piece gets soaked with warm soapy water and rolled up. I roll and rub, constantly re-wetting the piece until the wool adheres to the silk and then until it felts. The wool will shrink up to 40% creating gathers and puckers and ruffles in the exposed silk. Each scarf can take from 4 - 8 hours.
Seamless purses are made with a similar process. The entire bag is laid out -- silk on the inside, wool on the outside -- at the beginning, including any surface designs. I felt them until they are very firm and incredibly sturdy.
Both bags and scarves are handwashable in cold water. Just wring them out after (really!) and let them air dry. Scarves can be steam ironed. I usually block each purse with a book inside (wrapped in plastic) while it dries.
Accepted payment methods
- Money Order
Checks and money orders are also welcome. I will send your item after the check/money order clears.
I use Priority Mail at the US Post Office.
If you would like your piece insured or shipped in a different manner, please convo me before you purchase so I can adjust the shipping charges.
YES, I will ship out of the country. Just convo me and I'll figure out the shipping costs.