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My hand-dyed silk fabrics formed the base for the Ruana Shawls.The Ruana Shawl workshop is one of the longest classes I offer — the latest class took place over a 3-day weekend in February. Several lovely ladies gathered in the cozy HeartFelt Silks studio, and we were off to step #1 — the layout.
Each of the students gets to select a color palette for their Ruana Shawl in consultation with me.
Now we are ready to create a unique design with more hand-dyed silks (from HeartFelt Silks) and other color-coordinated luxurious embellishing fibers. The layout for this large-scale garment is time-consuming and labor-intensive but the results will be very rewarding!
No two shawls will be alike — each student gets to put her own creative touches on their Ruana Shawl, as we talk about color, drape, and texture.
Once in a while, we stop to admire our progress, take a break, and catch a little afternoon sun.
We take our time and make our layout as intricate and beautiful as we like. Before long, we’ll roll up our sleeves and move on to felting these beauties!
When it’s time to add hot water and soap, our trusty Palm Washboard felting tools come out!
Ta-da! All four Ruana Shawls are finished, and it’s time for a modeling session! A great weekend was had by all, each of these ladies completed a stunning wool & silk garment, strengthening their feltmaking and design skills in the process! Thank you, Linda, Nancy, Silvana, and Susan, for joining me!