Getting a new batch of wool roving is always exciting for me... the colors! the softness! (I'm very easily amused). I recently got some lovely hand painted roving from Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio on etsy.com. The roving is a mix of superfine merino wool and bombyx silk, which makes it very soft and lustrous. It is painted in shades of green, gold and rose. For my nuno scarves made with this roving, I decided to first paint two silk chiffon shawls to more or less match the colors and striped design of the roving.
Here's the roving and the wool - along with some yarn embellishments - laid out on my painted shawls, in two very different designs ~
This is the finished scarf from the first layout photo. Both silk shawls started out being 21" x 80", but because I had a lot of wool laid out longitudinally on this one, it shrank quite a bit and created these pretty ruffles. It's now about 55" long and 15" wide.
On the other one, I had much less wool laid out and it was horizontal - so it didn't shrink much in length. It's now 70" long (without the fringe) and 13" wide.
I love the subtle sheen created by the silk fibers in these scarves! I think the roving and painted silk set each other off very nicely... don't you?
Just 2 more shows to go for the year!
- Centerfest, Downtown Durham NC. Sept. 20 - 21, Booth C45
- FestiFall, Downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Oct. 5, Booth B29