Handmade Blue Felted Scarf with Scattered Fringe and White Wool Locks
This artsy Wool Felt* scarf is made with merino and various blue wools and white viscose fiber. There are chenille yarn fringes with white Karakul sheep locks. Karakul is a very old breed of sheep that may have been around since Old Testament times. The blue fiber is basically Merino, with a few other blends of wool added. This unique scarf It’s equally comfortable being worn with a dress coat or with casual jeans.
The scarf can be hand-washed in cool water with a mild soap, rinsed and laid flat to dry. Be careful not to agitate, machine wash or place in the dryer. Use the wool setting on an iron if necessary.
Felt is one of the oldest ways to make fabric. It requires mainly moisture and agitation. It’s easy to imagine a poor shepherd on a cold evening, lining his shoes with some wool from his sheep. Only to find that after a day’s work the wool has become a strong, dense fabric… Felt.
To take advantage of the properties of wool, it becomes necessary to lay out a pattern 30-50% larger than the final product. After adding warm, soapy water, the wool fiber is carefully agitated, pushed, rolled and wiggled to get it to shrink down to size.
Once the fibers have bound together, the project can be ‘sculpted’ to the desired shape.