Mod Monday

I did a little research and you can wet felt raw wool if you want to, but Highland Heffalump made a great point about not wanting dirt etc up in there. So I washed about a third of the fleece in a bucket with Eucalan and rinsed it.

Isn’t it pretty? I’ve realized I’m going to need to card it, although I don’t want to overprocess it because I want to keep the colors as separate as possible. Maybe I should flick card it.

I brought my box of combs and cards up from the basement, and look what was in the box! Fiber from my old angora bunnies, Ziggy and Tiger! And a hank of merino and silk top! Surprise!

I’ve never been much for blending and spinning my own fibers. I did enough back in the day to make sure I knew what I was doing should I ever need or want to do it again. But I might play around with this fiber since I have it. I wonder if rabbit fur will felt with wool? It might be a fun experiment.

I finished my mod tie dye dress. I went all out with gathers in the front and a popped up collar. I struggled some with this as I didn’t have enough fabric for the casings. I cut bits along the bias and pieced them together. I wanted to finish it all off perfectly (inside and out) but ended up using the serger around the neckline and armholes. I did find a beautiful green button that was my Grandmother’s to use for the back closure. I think it’s pretty cute overall, and I don’t think anyone else will notice the flubs. Then I tried it on.

I love the colors. I was going for the Twiggy look because, hey, I have the haircut.

Then I put on a sweater.

It’s ok. It’s a bit tenty. I don’t look like Twiggy, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ˜‚

9 thoughts on “Mod Monday

  1. Lovely dress! Re: rabbit fur and felting. Bowler hats used to be made with rabbit fur that was felted, but on a tour of the Hat Works museum I learned that to felt rabbit and other animal fur, like beaver etc., you need acid not alkaline. They used sulphuric acid and the foreman used to taste test it to make sure the workers werenโ€™t scrimping on the % of acid!!!!! For wool fibres, dog hair they said theyโ€™d use alkaline. Now these were generic rabbits where the fur was stripped off the skins, not angora rabbits…a simple test with soap in your hands and a small ball of it would see if it will felt with alkaline.

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