Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace 2014

Had a great time last week at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Was lucky to be surrounded by some lovely exhibitors and it was so nice to meet new customers and welcome back some familiar faces.

A few photos of my very talented neighbours.

Caroline Bell and Alison Hulme.

Alison Hulme

Caroline Bell

Catherine O'Leary  

Corinne Lapierre

Felt By Bridget

And one of her beautiful hats (incorporating some of my sari silk) kindly modelled by the lovely Alison Hulme.

Fibres Exotica


Sew La Di Da Vintage  (Caroline, the designer and Kerry).


There were some wonderful exhibitions:

Caroline Bell

Helen Sill

Silk Felt Collective

International Feltmakers

Finally two customers kindly shared their wonderful use of some of my saris.

Jacqui  with a beautiful cobweb scarf.

And Karen's creative transformation of one of my saris.

Looking forward to Harrogate - I'll be on stand TG 128 in the Textile Gallery - hope to see you there!

Yarndale 2014

Had a lovely show - unfortunately only managed to take this one photo when Tiny Tedz came for a visit!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sari Silk Felt in the Washing Machine

I've been asked quite a few times how I do this so here's how I make my Sari Silk Felt in the washing machine. I'm sure there are many different ways to do this but this way has worked for me. It may seem a nuisance to keep taking it out of the washing machine and separating it from the net but if you didn't the net would become well and truly felted to the piece. Hope if you have a go it works for you too - all washing machines are different but hopefully not so different to effect the outcome. Any feedback would be welcome!

Lay a piece of tutu netting down and place a piece of sari silk on top with the right side facing down. I use a 40cm net and a 35cm piece of silk.

Lay a thin layer of fibres on top of the sari silk with the fibres running in one direction.


I usually use similar colours to the sari silk but different colours can create a good effect. Continue until you have covered all the silk.

Lay down a second thin layer with the fibres running in the opposite direction to the first layer.

Continue until you have covered the first layer. I find this is enough wool since it becomes much thicker once it is felted and shrinks.

Cover with another piece of tutu netting (the same size as the piece on the bottom).

Carefully fold over from the bottom and roll everything up. Place the parcel inside a knee high tight and knot the end.

Wash in a 30 degree wash for 30 minutes, or a similar cycle if you don't have this one.
Take out and remove from the tights. It should have already shrunk a little and the silk will be attached to the wool in places but it is still quite delicate so remove the netting as carefully as you can. The wool side will be particularly stuck to the netting.
Roll the piece of felt up in the netting again and put it back in the tights and wash on another 30 degree wash for 30 minutes.
After this cycle it should be quite well felted but I find it best to put it back in for a third wash but not in the tights this time.
After this wash check to see if it is felted enough for your requirements.

I like to use it for making flower brooches and I've also used it for bunting. I guess you could make small items such as purses or glass cases or sew pieces together to make a patchwork sari felt cushion, which I'm hoping to try soon.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show

This beautiful scarf was made by Beryl and (I think) her daughter, who bought some of my sari silks at Wonderwool. I met them again at the Stitching and Hobbycraft show last week and she very kindly sent me this photo of what she had made. I love the colours in the scarf and the flower goes so well and is such a great idea. Thank you Beryl for sharing this.

Again I met so many lovely people. The show is only a couple of miles from my house so it was great to do a local event. Here's my stand.

And here's some photos of the wonderful work by the very talented Jeudis group displaying so many different skills!

Here's Sue (who made the beautiful felt panels above) and Elaine ( who created the exquisite sculptures in the first photo). You can find out more about them and see more images of their wonderful work by visiting

I'll be at Yarndale next week - if anyone's visiting it would be lovely to say hello - I'll be on Stand 135 and the following week I'll be at The Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace - Stand TGB15.