Sunday, 27 October 2013

Laura Armiraglio's Tutorial: Sew (Knit not!) Wool Cowl Scarf

I've been waiting for it to get colder around here to write about a fantastic tutorial Laura Armiraglio gave us at Francesca's shop Tessilesa during the summer. Now that Autumn has come and you feel like wrapping a nice warm scarf around your neck, I'll write about Laura's great tutorial on making a wool cowl scarf with no knitting involved but lots of free motion quilting!
The photos were taken during the demonstration I was trying to follow at the same time, so please forgive the quality!

Laura demonstrated how you could make this beautiful wool cowl scarf using two products by Freudenberg - VlieselineSolufix and Soluvlies.

The first step is to cut out a rectangle of Solufix. The height and the length should correspond to the height and length (measuring the circumference of the ring) of your finished cowl scarf. If you're not sure about the size take your favourite scarf and use it as an example. Now take your wool and start forming a pattern on top of the rectangle of Solufix, after laying it out flat on a table. 

TIP: use different kinds of wool, with different textures and thicknesses. The best effect I've noticed is achieved by using spirals and tight loops.

When you've finished covering the surface with your wool pattern, then cover everything with one layer of Soluvlies. Fix the layers together with safety pins and now start free motion quilting.

To make the cowl scarf circular you must overlay the two short ends and quilt across. When you've finished quilting, dip everything under cold running water and the Solufix and Soluvlies will dissolve. Lay out your work on a flat surface to dry.

TIP: try leaving as few gaps as possible in your pattern. The more dense the pattern, the more the texture of your cowl scarf will be dense. You can make a more decorative version of the cowl scarf leaving gaps, giving a final "cobweb" effect. 

For a very cool example on how to use the same technique (created by Jeannette Knake) to make yourself a dress from an old t-shirt and some wool, look at this post by Laura Armiraglio. Pure genius! She is extremely talented and creative.
I would to thank Laura for giving me permission to write about her tutorial. 


  1. Wow, that is really interesting! I've never heard of this before.

  2. That's beautiful and looks like a lot of fun, thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. Oh Nesta that looks so much like fun, thanks so much for taking all the photo's so we could learn from you and a big thank you to Laura for allowing the publication, her dress she made was stunning. Cheers Glenda

  4. Grazie per il tuo post! Spero di rivederti presto.

  5. Lovely - and I loved Laura's top too!

  6. what a neat idea! so pretty!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  7. Beautiful, and very interesting!

  8. Very cool! I've never seen this before so thank you for explaining it so well.

  9. So clever!!! Thanks so much for linking up :)