|Here's a photo of the scarf from Peru that got caught in my bike sprocket.|
Last week I was bike riding on a chilly day in February with my Peruvian scarf wrapped around my neck and hanging down. Needless to say, I have discovered that this is not such a good idea while riding a bike. Thank God I wasn't going too fast when I felt a pull against my neck. I looked down and my pretty scarf was twisted around the sprocket. I tried to gently pull but nope, I had to more like yank it out. Unfortunately it was greasy and full of holes. BUMMER! I Soaked it and washed it trying to make sure I didn't felt it in the process.
Well the grease never came out so I decided that I needed to make lemonade out of lemons and use some of the scarf to create a felted cowel.
I created a resist 2" longer than the 17" I wanted and about 14" wide for a total of 28" around. I allowed for a 35% shrinkage rate.
I worked this piece from the inside out. I laid out some decorative silk fabrics. On top I placed the cords and some inclusions cut from the messed up scarf. Then I laid out one layer of merino roving in a herringbone pattern with one row facing right and the next row left. I used black, red, orange and yellow merino. Then I added more silk fabric and cut up scarf embellishments.
And then voila, a new nuno felted cowel from repurposed and recycled materials.
A new cowel and definitely the ol' proverbial...When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!