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Hello <<First Name>>,

Do you make gifts for your loved ones?

As a maker, I like to take the time to create special gifts for my people - at least the ones who might be 'into' receiving one. However, many folks do not wear hats, so I'm always on the lookout for other felted items to create.  

For the past few years, I've made a felted scarf for my Mom's birthday. If I must say so, the one last year that I learned via Lena Archbold's Fine Felted Scarf Class turned out beautifully. (You can see it on my Instagram). 

This Year's Project
Layout of wool with viscose fibers on top.

Above you can see the layout of shiny viscose fibers on a Merino wool base. One of the many things that I like about Lena's classes is that she cleverly figures out how to layout felt projects on a normal-sized table. 

Cutting Time

Cutting Tassels on the 'Scarf.'

After felting, there was a cutting stage. It was the perfect opportunity to use my Rotary Cutter, which is a very sharp but effective tool. Then, there was a very fiddly stage of rubbing the cuts to round them and transform them into tassels. 

All Done
Yes, it's all done - it's an infinity-style scarf that you might wear around your neck. Except that this is not a scarf!

Can you see that orange line?  It's a metal ring from the florist's section of Joann's Fabrics. As my Mom needed something special for her wall, I had to figure out how to display it. This was a very lucky find because my earlier attempts at using millinery wire were not working.

Next, I handstitched around the ring to hide it in the folds of the fabric. Here's what it looks like when on my wall.
The Scarf as Wall Art.


I'm happy because it reminds me of water and the sculpture of Ruth Asawa. And naturally, it's blue because that is one of my Mom's favorite colors!
Next week, I'll share all the creative fun that's happening with Fiona Duthie's online class - Fibre + Paper.

Again, thank you for joining me on this journey!

With appreciation,

Signature of me, Juliane


PS: Via the speaker series organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, I recently came across the amazing work of Hannah Streefkerk. She manages to combine nature and textiles to make intriguing and beautiful art.
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