It only comes in the color white as synthetic fibers don't take dye very well.
I first added two layers of black merino wool to each side of my round resist. Then I pulled off some ingeo fiber and placed it on the black wool. This will be the outside of the bowl.
Because ingeo is synthetic, it has to be tacked down with a few fibers of merino wool. After wet felting it for a little while, the ingeo fiber mingles into the black wool..
Then I felted both sides with my new favorite tool, Heartfelt Silks palm washboard. This is fantastic for felting fast and not so much strain on my hands. It's made of wood but completely waterproof.
I know it's felted when I try to pull up some fibers with my fingers, the pinch test, and if the fibers stay in place, it's felted! form the bowl with a balloon and stretch the wool, making the fibers squiggle.
I let it dry overnight and the best part is popping the balloon to see what the inside looks like! I used sparkly fiberstar and angelina in layers, light on dark, and it came out lovely.
Black merino wool bowl with ingeo fiber embellishment
A friend of mine is a weaver and gave me some fibers she wasn't using;
hemp, flax, silk and Ingeo.
Natureworks LLC created Ingeo which is a trademarked brand name and literally means "ingredients from the earth".
This ecofriendly fiber is derived from renewable sources and a shortened explanation is that it is made from plant starches (such as field corn) into a polymer resin and then converted into a fiber.
It can be ordered from this source in Wisconsin or this source in California by the ounce(s).
A little goes a long way when used as an embellishment and it is also used for weaving. The one thing it won't do is felt! I add wisps of wool over it to tack it down and then felt it.
I made some vessels and bowls and used Ingeo as an embellishment fiber. As I cut out the circle for the opening and open it up even more, the Ingeo fibers changed direction from a straight line to a wavy line.
This bowl has nebbs of ecru wool and gray wool roving and Ingeo fiber underneath. The fiber didn't move around as much because it's in the middle of the bowl.
Here's a layout of fibers.
The more wool tacked on top
of the Ingeo fiber will
change the way it turns out.....
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