Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Easter from Russian dolls 針氈俄羅斯娃娃

Weeks ago my niece J forwarded me the needle felt Russian dolls pic and asked if I could do it and wanted to learn. Although I’m not keen on needle felt such cute little things. I said I’d try after my girl’s wedding. The wedding just taken brilliantly last Sunday. The day before I spent a night to make these dolls. 早前我的外甥女問我會否製作或教她做羊毛針氈俄羅斯娃娃,雖然我對針氈興趣比不上濕氈的濃厚, 我說待女兒婚禮完成有空我會嘗試,星期日溫馨的婚禮完結,現在有閑,用了一個晚上完成了幾個不同身形的娃娃,都算似似地啦,可能中間的那一個身形圓大一些會更好!?Here's the steps of making. Just needle felted two balls and embellished. It's easy but a bit tired for the repeat motion of needle felt. 製作過程不難, 可能我的針太幼, 不停拮有點累.
The pair riding in the brush. 踏著草叢花間.
These corsages of orchid for us the 4 parents ...... should have been worn in the wedding to match with the newlyweds. We forgot to put on. How absent minded ! The tray of 4 pieces are still on our table. Already over a week they are still very fresh.這漂亮的手花襟花本來是我們雙方家長在女兒婚禮配戴的, 我們竟然忘記了, 一星期了四朶蘭花依然艷麗放置桌上.

It looks pretty to go with my pastel shawl.

My nieces J & V are not only my close relatives, they’re my friends, also my ex-colleagues. They’ve sense of crafts and talented. I’m happy to interact with them to drive my creation. I like my friends’ suggestions or ideas so that I can improve myself or further explore the versatility of wool. 我喜歡我的親朋好友給我意見或點子,從而我可作多些嘗試,好與否也可一試自己的能力與技巧,這些不算很細緻的娃娃是我用心做給J & V兩姊姊,她倆不單是我的外甥,亦友亦是舊同事,她們對手工藝的興趣使我們有更多機會交流改進。

Mogi not even a glance! Mogi : "不屑一顧" !

Wish J&V like it and Happy Easter. J&V 希望你們喜愛這小東西。
This tutorial on YouTube is a good help and easy to follow

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Final touch up of the shawl for the gown禮服被肩最後修飾

I've made a nuno felt shawl to go with my gown on daughter's wedding. Last Sunday I put on for the fitting. It goes well. Thought if some glass beads embellished may have a sparkling look.
Just done.
This is a chiffon base shawl made with merino wool, gauze and mulberry silk.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Eco prints nuno felt shawl 植物印染被肩

Spring has sprung. Days are not that cold but still cool in the morning. I made a nuno felt shawl with leaves prints. Again eucalyptus leaves are my favourite. Front look above.Back look of the shawl with bold color and light green.

Look of the whole piece.

Steps of making :

1. Laid the merino wool over the chiffon base.

2. Wet it and done the rolling and fulling.

3. Put on the euc leaves.

4. Folded and laid the plastic wrap over it.

5. Bundled it and boiled for 30-min and stayed in a thermo pot overnight. Next morning I brought it to boil and kept in the thermo pot for a few more hours.

6. Unbundled and finished.

Comparison of before and after.

I used two sorts of eucalyptus leaves. I don't know what sort of these euc leaves I used. The bright brown/red ones bought from a florist and the narrow ones were windfalls.

See the fresh leaves gave bold and bright color.

Indeed I used again the ones of the same leaves on this shawl. The reused leaves gave green prints. They're out of my expection and I've no idea why. Eco prints are that strange and interesting!

I intended to lay wool on the upper part and fringes on the ends of the shawl as I know prints are bolder on wool side. So I put more the fresh leaves on the upper part, lower part only of chiffon I put the reused leaves.

So the effect is this - brighter on the upper. Just love the golden yellow outcome. I'm very impatient. Thought if I kept it for some more days the look of color will be different. I need to be more patient !

Nuno felt is soft and airy. Mogi finds it cozy and light !

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