Posted by: bschutzgruber | April 2, 2013

Felting with Suzanne Higgs – Day 1

March ended with 2 days of felting at the Michigan Fiber Festival Symposium in Kalamazoo, MI.  I did 2 workshops with Suzanne Higgs.

Day 1 – Dyeing Habotia Silk & Nuno Felting

1) We started by dyeing 5mm habotia silk with Jacquard Acid Dyes.   Mine began with three dye passes using yellow, hot pink and burgundy.  This came out kind of “interesting”….. and Suzanne suggested over dyeing it.  Why not!!  We mixed up a combination of more hot pink than I used the first time, red-orange and a touch of black.  It looked like a black mess but once it was rinsed out = VERY nice!!

1_laying out silk

2) Next we laid out the silk leaving bunched up sections that will give texture.

2_adding wool

3) Then laid out thin layers of wool over the silk and gently rubbed using soapy water to felt the wool to the silk.

5_final product3_felted

4) I LOVED the end result = looks like tree bark!!  I have just enough to make a vest.

6_vest front7_vest back


  1. What a fabulous piece of work. Love the texture. Thanks souch for your help at church and friendship . Jenny T

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. What an interesting project! The texture is so beautiful!

  3. Very nice use of the lovely fabric you made to make such a fine looking vest. Did you sew the seams or were you able to keep it seamless?beautiful however you did it! Suzanne is a really good teacher, too.

    • The vest has sewn seams. The shoulders panels are silk doupioni and I used silk habatai to line it.

  4. […] have taken classes with Suzanne in the past (see April 2013 blogs Felting with Suzanne Higgs Day 1 / Day 2) and was excited to take her hat workshop.  Suzanne is a terrific teacher who is […]

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