I’ve been a fiber addict since, well my early years. It started somewhere between a hippie mom and her pottery wheel, and avid quilting grandmother. My happiest memories are of fabrics stores. Fabrics seen at knee level, I recall looking at pretty printed fabrics with amazement. The die was cast. There was no escaping that I’d later become a hardcore fabric obsessed artist. I have been making things professionally since 1991. My focus has been ladies hats and accessories. I began felting wool about six years ago. It was scary at first, then opened a profound door to all things wool.
I bought a wool carder last Fall, I wanted to card my own batts. What’s a batt? It’s a sheet of aligned wool fibers, used for felting and spinning yarn. Little did I know where that wool carder purchase would lead me! Batts are incredibly amazing things. Carding wool, especially wool and other fibers you’ve dyed yourself is an art. It seems everything I’d done fiber-wise had lead up to this moment. Call it destiny, as cheesy at is sounds. A carder in a wool addicts hands is very interesting. I find myself carding all the time! I card to relieve stress, for fun, or my Etsy shop. Yep, Etsy…..I didn’t know that the carder would lead me to being a batt pusher! It’s all together humorous how it came about. The carder was a gateway drug in a sense, I then found myself wanting to spin yarn too!
I’d been a yarn addict for a few years on Etsy. Using it in my winter hat collections, and more. It wasn’t enough to just buy amazing art yarns. I felt compelled to make it. So shortly after getting my carder, I bought a spinning wheel. Between Maggie Casey’s Start Spinning book, and Youtube I was spinning! My skills have greatly improved from those first primitive skeins I first made.
Anyway I’ve merged some fun stuff together for my first ever DIY project meant for you, the fiber adventurer. This project takes a few skeins of mismatched yarn. I’d say roughly about 130+ yards, maybe more! I didn’t keep track of my yardage, I just used what I had on hand. I’d just spun some great yarn from a Rachel-Marie aka knittydirtygirl batt. See, being a fiber pusher doesn’t mean you’re immune to other fabulous batts! I then did some freeform knitting, and freaked out when my beret was too big. Not to worry, I then decided to felt it, using my top loading washing machine. I was very bummed the beret was oversize, though the finished felted beret is fabulous! Some of the best “mistakes” become the best learning adventures.
Read the Mismatched Felted Beret Project here.
Stop by soon for a Felted Flower Project from Sayra.
Sayra Adams 37 years old, is a full time mom, and artist. She lives the good life with her family in rural Northern Idaho. She has two Etsy shops, Hatdiva www.hatdiva.etsy.com which she sells her hats and accessories from. Her spin off shop, Atomicblue stocks arty fiber batts, and handspun art yarn supplies www.atomicblue.etsy.com
Her blog: http://hatdiva.blogspot.com