04.15.14alaia…

Feeling a bit inspired by the most beautiful baby, I’ve just recently started playing with baby dresses.   I’ve always wanted to try felting a garment in one piece, but never really got around to it. When my daughter was born, I owned a knitting store, so all of her dresses were either knit or crocheted.  Now that I’m felting full time, I haven’t had much of a reason to felt a baby dress until now.  The first dress was for baby Alaia Jane, born into our family about 3 weeks ago.  In Basque, Alaia means “Joy”.   We got to meet her this weekend and she simply took our breath away…  So perfect, so innocent, so precious… I’m in love…

IMG_5753-e1397583476521 A simple and natural, extra fine merino and silk dress with a crocheted scalloped edge in Manos del Uruguay’s Serena seemed just right.

edging IMG_6053 I cut a template based on a dress that I had knit for my daughter for her first birthday.  By the fall, this will look so adorable with a tunic and a pair of wooly tights…

I loved felting this dress so much so, that I needed to felt a couple more right away, felting ADD if you will  (so many things I actually NEED to do, but let’s just start a new obsession anyway), typical Aries I suppose!  I started felting with the Short Fiber Merino from New England Felting Supply not too long ago, and from one felter to another, this merino is a felting game changer.  It’s UNBELIEVABLE to felt with,  it felts quickly and buttery soft to the touch and has incredible drape!  Yesterday i received another shipment of these amazing wool batts, and I will be felting as soon as I finish this post!  Here are the next two dresses I worked on.  The dress on the left was nuno felted over a piece of midnight blue chiffon, I love the spontaneous asymmetry of the silk, kind of fragile but really strong all at the same time… dresses IMG_6151 IMG_6130 IMG_6146

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