In my previous post I talked about a parfait dyeing session I had with the Piedmont Silk Painters, where we created multicolored silks from layering 3 pieces of fabric and 3 colors of dye in the same jar. I loved the colors and patterns on some of the samples I did, and thought they'd be great to incorporate into a cosy, fall-colored felted shawl.
Using cut pieces from my red-orange-yellow silk samples, I laid out a mosaic design on a bed of black wool roving, and embellished with red and gold sari silk threads and variegated wool/nylon yarn. Black pencil roving for lacy bottom edges and red wool for a ruffled neck edge completed the design.
I had picked up that yarn (which is black and grey wool wrapped around yellow and orange nylon) at a clearance sale and it has sat in my stash for years, lonely and unused. I'm so glad that I finally found the perfect thing to do with it!
That's my whole layout on the table. Next comes a lot of soapy water and agitation to make everything felt together. And here's the result -
I'm very pleased with how this turned out, especially as this is the first time I've done a design quite like this!
The silk and yarn crinkled beautifully. The yellow and orange nylon part of the yarn really pops against the black background in delightful little squiggles. I made random holes in the body of the shawl to complement the lacy fringe, and those add some nice extra interest.