Felt Appliquéd Skirt by Gayle Bunn
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Felt Appliquéd Skirt

August 2007
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1100 - 1540 yards (1006 - 1408 m)
bout 34½ (36, 39)" (87.5 [91.5, 99] cm) hip circumference measured 7" (18 cm) below top edge of skirt, and 24" (61 cm) long for all sizes

Pattern description from Folk Style: “Inspired by crewelwork found on traditional fabrics from India, Gayle Bunn artfully played with proportion and exploded large felted flowers and leaves onto a truly modern skirt. Gayle felted knitted strips of fabric, then cut out the flower and leaf motifs to appliqué onto six unfelted skirt panels, Finally, she joined the motifs with embroidered chain-stitched vines. Gayle chose a folk-art palette of a warm red worked with faded shades of cool blue and olive that evokes the look of aged tapestry.”

Finished Size: About 34½ (36, 39)“ (87.5 91.5, 99 cm) hip circumference measured 7” (18 cm) below top edge of skirt, and 24” (61 cm) long for all sizes.

Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium)
Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted (75% wool, 25% alpaca; 220 yd (201 m)/100 g): #2055 carmine (MC, red), 5 (6, 7) balls; #1450 blue pine, #4899 khaki (green), #0100 natural, #2190 copper, and #0410 espresso (dark brown), 1 ball each.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight and 36” (90 c) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch marker (m); sewing pins; wax pencil or dressmaker’s marking pencil for drawing embroidery details on skirt and cutting lines on felted pieces; thin cardboard for cutting templates; ¾“ (2 cm) wide elastic in length to fit around wearer’s hips 2: (5 cm) below waist; ¾ yd (0.7 meter) of 54” (137 cm) wide lining fabric; sewing machine; sharp-point sewing needle and thread to match lining fabric; four 5/8” (1.5 cm) buttons.