One thing I love about felting is that, if you get tired of a garment you created or it just did not come out the way you envisioned, you can cut it up and make something new.
I want to share with you the journey of the White Wedding Wrap and how I am transforming this work-in-process into something very different.
I started out wanting to felt a wrap in a white and silver colorway I felted wool, silk and mesh fibers onto white chiffon. When I finished felting the wrap I added some beading. It reminded me so much of a wedding wrap that I named it White Wedding Wrap. Although the design was interesting, I was not happy with the look or the drape of the piece. I envisioned a soft drapey wrap and this was too thick and stiff.
I decided to add more layers, needle felting some pieces of my black felt to the white felt. I was still not sure where I was going with this so I left it hanging in my studio hoping for some inspiration.
A couple of weeks later I decided to drape this piece over my dress-form. It was way too thick for a wrap but it might look really good as a vest. I started to pin it here and there and decided a little green flower design would make an interesting closure. Finally I summoned the nerve to start cutting.
Once I got all of the pieces cut and then pinned together, I started to sew. I prefer to sew by hand rather than by machine because I have more control over the design. I hand-stitched the pieces together on the inside of the vest which made it easier to try on. After hand-stitching the outside, I used embroidery thread to add colorful, interesting stitches to the design. I am still working on this vest and will give you an update when it is finished.