Alisa Bordo's cobweb scarf
Price for the online vesion: 70$

Alisa Bordo is a felt textile artist living in Mannheim, South Germany.
For almost 15 years she has been creating felted accessories: scarves, shawls, wraps and hats. Alisa invites you to a virtual tour through her atelier and her art market stand. In this tutorial, she will show you some of her favorite felting techniques, supplies, tools and strategies.

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Cobweb scarves are the focus of Alisa's business strategy. Every year, she creates hundreds of scarves and shawls for the autumn and Christmas art markets in Germany. How does she optimize this process, choose the best materials, uncouple the "dry" and "wet" phases of felting? How can she avoid burning out? How does she come up with the new names for her scarf's collections? She will share these secrets with you.

In this video Alisa will show you step by step how to make three basic models of cobweb scarf.

First model is called "Harmony", with silk fabric, ruffles and a shiny surface made with different decorative fibers.
The second one is "Flamenco": it has a complex décor (vegetable fibers, nepps, silk scraps).
The third one is "Unisex": it is beloved by Alisa's male customers and has a beautiful fringe.

You may create these models in natural or neutral colors, or choose vibrant shades and bold colors. Neutral and bright, with frill or with fringe, these scarves will become a main part of your wardrobe or your assortment.
This time Felting School online offers you a constant technical support. We created a private Facebook group where you can directly communicate with the instructor, ask questions, show your own work.

This group, Cobweb shawl with Alisa Bordo, will be opened only for people who purchased this tutorial. We are going to invite several prominent felt makers and supply shop owners as guests.

Content of the video:
You will need standard felting equipment: bubble wrap, a bowl, olive soap, a towel, thin gloves, synthetic netting, a spray bottle for water and your favorite bottle for soapy water. Alisa prefers to use the electric sander, although she will explain how you can make such scarf without it. You will need a felting noodle (or pipe insulation) for rolling.

You will also need scissors, thread and needle. For Flamenco model, you may need hand cards or a pet brush.
You will need fine felting merino wool in tops, fineness from 16 to 19 micron. Alisa always uses multicolored blends for her cobweb shawls. You will need an appropriate length of wool top. Depending on the model, it is 3 to 2.5m, approximately 35-45g of wool.

You will also need some decorative materials: viscose fibers in tops (approximately 40g of viscose per scarf) and/or tussah silk, bamboo, linen, silk fabric, lace and wool nepps.
    Shawl "Harmony"
      For this shawl you will need a length of wool top. Alisa is using Champs-Elysée from DHG. Then, you will need a piece of silk approximately the same length as your top and an assortment of decorative fibers (mostly viscose and tussah silk and a bit of fibers like bamboo, linen, hemp etc.), 30-40g of fibers in total.
      Shawl "Flamenco"
      In this case, the shrinkage will be a bit stronger, up to 20-30%. You will need an appropriate length of wool top (Alisa uses "Flamenco", from the "Candies" collection from DHG) and plenty of decorative materials. She uses nepps, tussah silk, viscose, linen, and bamboo for this scarf. She uses carders for the preparation of viscose blends and will show you her techniques of carding in a separate part.
      Scarf "Unisex"
      This model contains less decorative fibers. You will need approximately 3m of wool blend and some decorative materials like viscose and silk fabric scraps, preferably matte.
      First, Alisa will show you the step-by-step creation of a "Harmony" shawl, and then two other models.
      Wool layout. "Harmony" model
      This technique is not the same as the usual wet felting techniques as Alisa does not use "shingling" which means pulling out wool shingles and laying them out, she spreads the whole length of wool top instead. It is quicker and easier than any other layout.
      Laying out the decorative fibers
      Alisa completely covers the wool with decorative fibers.
      Now Alisa starts felting and fulling. She does not roll this model because of the ruffle. And now, she will show you her secret technique called "Propeller".
      "Flamenco" model
      The next model "Flamenco" has no ruffle and no silk on one of the sides. For the décor, Alisa uses carded decorative fabric and small scraps of silk.
      "Unisex" model
      Alisa shows making the third model, "Unisex" scarf. This model is perfect both for men and for women. Sometimes couples buy two to create a "partner look". This scarf is a bit thicker than the first ones. It has less decorations.
      This video tutorial has three additional parts: "Carding", "Collections" and "Working with color.
      About the author of the tutorial
      Alisa Bordo
      I am Alisa Bordo – this name represents me as an artist. Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, I now live in Mannheim, Germany. My passion is to create beautiful one-of-a-kind accessories that emphasize the style and personality of their owner.
      "I love the vintage feel of shabby chic, the elegance of the baroque, and the austere beauty of the ethnic. I am not willing to give any of it up: I love to mix silk roses with coarse felts and bits of lace. My pieces are sometimes hauntingly monochromatic; at other times they are bursting with colors.

      I am surrounded by the world of glorious diversity. I see it all, appreciate it all and recreate this diversity in my works.

      My designs can be described as the finishing touches, they complete an image and make it whole".

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