Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Felt-Up" Corset

I'm taking part in knitting up some clothing and accessories for a knitted photoshoot. This first project is a corset, knit sideways, then felted. I knit it with all white wool, three strands at once to get the gauge right.

It started off in all these pieces like this picture, then I seamed them all together.

Next came the dyeing process, which was fun but kind of smelly. Like making easter eggs.

It was crazy hot, so I had to let it dry out in the sink for a while before I went on to the next step.

When it was cool enough to handle, I used waste cotton yarn around all the eyelets to make sure all the holes would stay open when felting. I then tried to felt the corset by hand in the sink with extremely hot water and dish soap then ice cold water, but it didn't work.

The corset was still all holey. When felted the knit should turn into fabric and not be as stretchy. I think I will just have to follow the instructions in the book and do it in my washer and dryer, it just freaks me out :P.

I like the way the color turned out though, even though I didn't dye the yarn first. If I were to make it again, I would dye the yarn first, but I had no idea how much yarn I would use up. OR, even better I would buy yarn in the right size (extra bulky) that is already colored. That would have saved a lot of time :D. Also, this whole thing only took 2 days to knit. It was SUPER FAST.
Will maybe post action shots when I get the chance. It's very pretty at the moment, but not stiff like a corset, just kind of loose like a knitted top. Lamers.

Color of the dye was "Sapphire Blue" I'm loving it.

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