Amazing transformations: woolen sundress of wool and silk

Natural beauty and the wonders of nature at all times are a source of inspiration for masters. Take, for example, the amazing process of turning a caterpillar into a butterfly - the body of the caterpillar literally dissolves while it is in the cocoon, and the body of the butterfly is reformed. This process is called metamorphosis, but a creative person can magically create a perfect product from a pile of shapeless fibers.

In our master class, we will try unusual combinations of bright motifs with hints of deep autumn in a straight silhouette sundress with volumetric textures "Metamorphosis".

Before proceeding to the layout of wool, you should thoroughly prepare. The centerpiece of the future composition will be a tight braid “caterpillar”. We divide the skein into four parts, twist it a little between the hands in a dry manner, we connect three tips into a knot and weave a weak pigtail.Let's prepare several different color combinations.

As an auxiliary accent, we will prepare twisted yarn of various thickness from fibers of three different colors. You can even use a simple pencil, if the spindle is not at hand. We erase the yarn in a skein so that it becomes more stable and not twisted, then we dry it.

We took about 350 grams of wool Australian merino tonin 18 microns; three meters of natural silk-chiffon, painted by hand (about 90 cm wide); prepared a thin prefelt for the auxiliary pattern.

We will use the most simplified template based on a rectangle of 130 x 70 cm.

Construct the required pattern in real size on a bright plastic film or any other suitable waterproof pattern. To facilitate the task, a scale grid (10 x 10 cm) is applied on the pattern sheet.

Getting to the layout of the wool; first lay out a stabilizing layer one width wide along the open edges of the product - the neck, armhole and bottom.

Use a thin diagonal layout, focusing on the table of approximate wool consumption, given at the end of the master class.It requires a certain skill: the first row unfolds at an angle of 45 °, the second row, perpendicular to the first, covers it by about 2/3, and so on. The rounding allowances extend beyond the edges of the template by 2–3 cm.

We moisten the layout with warm soapy solution and lightly rub it through the mesh until the initial adhesion of the fibers. We remove the mesh and smooth circular movements form a smooth edge of the neck, armhole and bottom of the sundress. The rounding allowances are left intact.

We turn over the template, fold the allowances and continue to lay out the fur according to the scheme. We moisten, grind, carefully inspect the base - clear gaps are covered with two three thin strands of wool. Bend the allowances on the reverse side.

So, the base of the sundress is fully prepared for further decorating.

We proceed to the layout of decorative elements, starting with the largest parts and ending with small strokes. We spread the braid in the center of the product, correct, stretching it by its sides, to give additional volume.

Further along the plan are vertical lines of textured yarn and alternating elements of the pattern, cut from prefelt.

Additionally, select the raglan line.

We cover with silk, in our case, the width of the cut of 90 cm is enough to cover the entire product with allowances, without additional trimming and joints; if this is not enough, there are 114 and 140 cm wide fabrics on sale.

Small allowances of silk fabric (3-4 cm) are turned inside out to form an even edge of the product.

We moisten the entire composition, cover it with a mesh and gently rub it in until the first bristles of wool appear on the surface of the silk. Then we turn over the pattern and continue decorating the back of the sundress.

Here we tried not to overload the composition with unnecessary details, leaving the product flexible and lightweight.

We toss a piece of silk, then, armed with small scissors accurately distribute the fabric over the entire surface of the base; cut the neck, leaving a couple of centimeters to bend. Fold the silk at the neck and the armholes of the sleeves inside out, making neat cuts in the folds, if necessary.

Continue to rub until the fibers securely adhere to the base and the product will not become tight within the template.Carefully rub hands folds, trying to avoid the occurrence of folds and creases.

The use of technical means (vibration grinder) is possible, but the VSHM should be handled with great care.

We remove the template and continue the intensive process of felting until readiness for the first fitting: we roll out in a roll in different directions (in length and width), toss, knead, like dough. Rinse in warm water, then continue by adding fresh soap.

We carry out the first fitting on ourselves or on a mannequin, we identify problem areas, we finally finish: we round the shoulders, stretch our breasts, sit down the sundress around the figure.

Felt is good because it perfectly remembers the form. Leave the product to dry on the hanger or mannequin.

The result of hard work: the first walk in a new outfit with a camera in the autumn park.

A photo: A photo: A photo:

More photos of the finished sundress.

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