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I found several YouTube videos on how to make fabric like this (textured felted wool & silk) - and I can't decide if it's beautiful or really, really ugly. It looks like fun to make, and maybe for teenagers it would look OK?

Part of me loves it because it's so unusual and part of me thinks it looks like it might have crawled out of a landfill . . . .

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Old 04-09-2015, 03:16 PM
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Oh, my goodness ! I fall on the "landfill" side. I guess I am not into the caveman look.
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I'm sorry to sound mean, but that is as ugly as dirt. Maybe you could make a "fake" bearskin rug looking type of craft from it?
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:54 PM
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If my only choice was that or naked then I might wear it.
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Oh my! I've seen this type of garment and I think they are beautiful. I would wear them. Ive seen awesome shawls where the felted wool is set in like flowers. Then again I am a fiber person
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:55 PM
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Isn't that Sonny Bono's vest from the 60s?
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Are those garments seriously backed with bubble wrap? Sounds hot.

And I wouldn't wear them, I would look like a teddy bear.

I could spin a nice yarn from that wool, though
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Rubyyarn -
They only use the bubble wrap in the wet felting process. It keeps it from wadding up into a big ball of felt! (Might also affect the texture - not sure because they're speaking in Russian.)
I've done some pictures with felting (both needle & wet felting) - and then I realized there's nothing to do with them! That's when I started looking at clothing made from it. It's a fun process and I have lots of wool roving now (I started buying on ebay before I knew what I was looking for - so I'm searching for something that I might actually be able to use or sell.)

My first wool was "raw" - which I thought meant just the fleece. But when I started washing it . . . I got a good reintroduction of things fresh from the farm. It was full of dingleberries! (Don't ask, if you're not sure what that is!) I'll be washing the rest of it in a tub outside next summer when it's warm and the grass needs fertilizer!
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Hey Backlash,

Didn't Johnny Weissmuller wear something like this? (But not a vest)
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CarolAnn,

This looks like Russian Cyrillic...? I should have kept up at home so I could get the scoop on it...

Honestly, all fun aside, I like the finished product (on the model).

I think it depends who you are, (age, appearance, etc.) and if you can pull it off. Or, a variation of it (adaptation).

Cool idea!
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Hey Backlash,

Didn't Johnny Weissmuller wear something like this? (But not a vest)
Yes he did.
I just watched Tarzan the Ape Man.
Best part was Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan) swimming naked.
No idea how that got away with that back in 1932.
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Backlash,

Are you sure she wasn't swimming wearing a leotard?

Some of the details of the movie are sorta fake:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarzan_...Man_(1932_film)
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Rubyyarn -
They only use the bubble wrap in the wet felting process. It keeps it from wadding up into a big ball of felt! (Might also affect the texture - not sure because they're speaking in Russian.)
I've done some pictures with felting (both needle & wet felting) - and then I realized there's nothing to do with them! That's when I started looking at clothing made from it. It's a fun process and I have lots of wool roving now (I started buying on ebay before I knew what I was looking for - so I'm searching for something that I might actually be able to use or sell.)

My first wool was "raw" - which I thought meant just the fleece. But when I started washing it . . . I got a good reintroduction of things fresh from the farm. It was full of dingleberries! (Don't ask, if you're not sure what that is!) I'll be washing the rest of it in a tub outside next summer when it's warm and the grass needs fertilizer!
Dingleberries! Usually a good supplier will skirt a fleece before selling it so you aren't paying for a lot of sheep funk.

How about a picture, should you do one of these projects?
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Backlash,

Are you sure she wasn't swimming wearing a leotard?

Some of the details of the movie are sorta fake:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarzan_...Man_(1932_film)

She was buck naked.

For research purposes only of course.

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q...638&ajaxhist=0
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Rubyyarn -
I've done several projects in felt: a little "cute" mouse (the first one looked more like a rat, so I had to start over and double the cute) and 4 kind-of-sort-of pictures. Working on something big right now, that will hopefully be more like the nuno felting with silk worked into it. I have several old silk saris that I got on Ebay and this is how I'll use the silk that's too worn to use in an actual garment.

Re, the dingleberries - they didn't show until I got a handfull of the raw wool wet to try washing it. The water turned brown and stinky and I knew it wasn't lanolin! It didn't really show, but it was sure there. The clumps of wool looked more like what they'd shear off and throw out - but it was the first wool I bought and I didn't really know what I was bidding on. Now I have quite a bit that I've gotten different places, a little at a time - and it's fun to have a palette of colors when I want to try something!

The fibers are SO beautiful before they're felted when they're all soft and fluffy - too bad there's no way to keep them in that state! I've got Marino, Lincoln, some angora/silk blend, alpaca and a bit of bamboo fiber. My favorite is an ounce of curly shanks that was so expensive that I'm afraid to use it!

I like how some of the Russian ladies are felting in hanks of gauze in layers for a skirt (only the top part is felted, while the layers of gauze (or chiffon) float free. >sigh< Wish I was young and cute enough to wear that kind of stuff! But I hope I can find a young girl who wants to wear it and I'll make stuff for her - that'll be fun too.
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The first one looked like it was made of Lemming skins collected over the course of a full year.... Hard way to get a fur coat, if you ask me...

The rest of them look like some of the old hippy fashions from the early-mid 1960s..... After getting caught in a rain storm... NOT good...

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I am responding ONLY because you asked. I've heard "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", so it is up to you. Wear it if you like it!

To me, personally, I think it is horribly ugly. Yuck! The picture isn't very clear on my computer, but it looks like a whole bunch of dead bats are attached to the thing. I'm sorry as I said, you asked.
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Actually as an artist .... no way would I wear something like that! It looks like it is made out of rats skinned ....if I was wanting them to put me in the funny farm it would a different story.
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