Nuno felting is kinda awesome.

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I have been swimming in ideas for felting for the past few months but have been soooo busy working on my barn that I have not allowed myself time away from that project to make fiber art.  Consequently, when I have rainy days I go a bit crazy having fun with making beautiful textile things.

I warmed up my skills on Wednesday with a couple simple scarves.  One a neutral blend of creamy whites and earth tones, fancied up just a touch with a short fringe of natural wool locks.  The other a bold combination of bright red, grey, and black, with a touch of white tencil running through the grey.  I made the fringe uneven for a more interesting effect.

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On Thursday I wanted to try making a larger piece, a shawl, and incorporating some elements other than wool and silk fibers.  I used a vintage piece of lace table cloth that was not usable as it was with a stain and a hole, and I also found some silk material in my stash of silks that has a crinkle cloth texture to it which turned out very well and felted easily to the wool.

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Lastly, I finally dug out some of the sari’s I bought last year when I went on a sari buying spree for nuno felting, then got too busy to do anything with.  I have learned that not all sari’s are going to be good for felting because many are made of stiffer silk fabric, and have less texture for the tiny wool barbs to hook onto.  I did have several sari’s that would be good for felting, however, and I looked at the possibilities.  I chose a sari that was soft and lightweight and had a texture I thought would work, and had beautiful colors.  I felt like I was in total experiment mode, but I love the results.  Sometimes I don’t think it’s possible to ruin felting, though I can’t really say that, I’ve done it before!!

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One big mistake I made was microwaving the sari as I was in the process of felting it with the wool.  There is gold thread in the weave that was fine when it was very wet, but once the felting piece started to dry out, it burned a few little holes in the material, which I had to felt over to cover and hold together.

John showed up last night, a day early (he likes to surprise us) and we have been working on the barn all day today.  I was burned out on felting after two straight days of it anyway, so working outside in the fresh air is a good shift of energy.

Planned workshops have passed. If you are interested in a workshop, please communicate with me. There is a workshop questionnaire on the workshop page.

Wet Felting Workshop — Passed

I love felting and I love teaching others to felt!  It is very relaxing and fun!  I am offering several workshops as the holidays approach.

Each participant will make a personally designed super soft merino and silk scarf or wrap.  I provide all the materials as part of the workshop fee.

Who can register:

Participants must be 16 years or older, unless special permission is given.  A parent and younger child, (12 or older) could work together on one scarf as a single participant.

Cost:

Cost is $75 per participant at least 24 hours ahead of class start time.  I must have at least  one participant registered 24 hours in advance to run the class.

Due to space constraints, each workshop is limited to four participants.  Preregistration is encouraged to secure your place.  There are no refunds, but I can get you into a different class if, for a good reason, you cannot make the one you registered for.

What to bring:

Participants must bring their own meals and snacks.

Class dates and times are:

Monday  Nov. 28, 2016     11 am – 6 pm or until finished.

Monday  Dec. 5, 2016     11 am – 6 pm or until finished.

Thursday Dec. 8, 2016   11am – 6pm or until finished.

Saturday  Dec. 10, 2016     11 am – 6 pm or until finished.

Place:

Workshops will be held in my home 1717 Sonya Dr. SE Salem, OR 97317.  You may call or text to register at 407-766-2588, or email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com  Please give me your name, and the name of any other participants, and the date of the workshop you would like to attend.  After registering and I have let you know there is an opening for you in the workshop, you may drop your registration fees off at my home.  Call to make sure I am home.  I take cash and checks only at this time.

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Friction Fire Workshop — Passed

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Fire in my earth oven in my spiral cabin in the Cascades.

Fire is a blessing and a wonderful friend.  Learning to make friction fire really gets you in touch with fire and creates a relationship between you and fire you may never have felt before.  I love to teach others to make fire in this ancient way.

I will provide the materials for you to make your own friction fire kit of cedar wood.  I have knives I can loan you to use or you can bring your own non folding sheath knife good for carving.  To carve a kit and make fire takes humility, skill and coordination, and seldom comes easily.  I allow many hours for a workshop because people’s abilities vary widely.  I cannot guarantee that YOU will make fire at this workshop, but I can let you come to future workshops until you make fire yourself.  We will discuss knife safety and take every precaution to keep everyone safe.

Once you know fire in this way, what a great gift to pass on to your family and friends.

Who can register:

Participants must be 16 years or older unless accompanied by a parent to assist them.  Participants must use knife safety rules at all times.  Participants (and their parents if a minor) must realize that though all precautions are taken to keep people safe, injuries can occur and by attending this class you will not hold me or my family liable for your injury.  Each participant or parent of participant must sign a release of liability and take responsibility for their own safety.

Cost:

Cost for this 7 hour workshop is $75 per participant at least 24 hours in advance.  I must have at least one participant registered 24 hours in advance to run the workshop.

What to bring:

Participants must bring their own meals and snacks.

Participants must dress for the temperature outside as we will be working under cover outdoors.

Class Dates and Times:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016   11am-6pm

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016  11am-6pm

Place:

Workshops will be held at my home 1717 Sonya Dr. SE Salem, OR 97317. You may call or text to register at 407-766-2588, or email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com Please give me your name, and the name of any other participants, and the date of the workshop you would like to attend. After registering and I have let you know there is an opening for you in the workshop, you may drop your registration fees off at my home. Call to make sure I am home. I take cash and checks only at this time.

Another four-way reversible wrap inspired by my autumn birch tree

Possibility number one.

Possibility number two.


Possibility number three.


Possibility number four.

Of course, if you should switch which end is on top, you have another four possibilities. And that is just folding it in this particular way!

For sale at the art center in Corvallis for $180.  For sale on Etsy (CLICK HERE) for $95.00.  Broach not included.

My new design: a four plus-way reversible wrap!

This is for sale now at my Etsy store for $95.00.  Click here to see!

This nuno felted four-way reversible wrap has a sheer silk scarf center. Each side has different end looks and one side has two color bands for creating multiple possible looks depending on how the rap is folded around the shoulders. I used super soft Merino wool, yak down, and silk for this gorgeous fall/winter look.

Here are more views showing the versatility of this wrap.



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For sale at the Corvallis art center for $150.

Detail of the yak and silk blend featured on this wrap.

Silks for Nuno Scarves

 

My sister gave me a silk scarf the other day, which was delicate, sheer, and one of those treasures women cherish for their beauty. It is a gentle creamy white with small pink accents and grey and white filagrees printed on. To make it even more beautiful, there are little clear but reflective sequins sewn on here and there to give a bit of sparkle.

Inspired, I decided to invest in some sheer silks to attempt to create some equally charming scarves but of a different nature. I found a company called JRB Silks online and ordered these colors. The silk material will be used as background for the merino and silk fibers. I will felt merino wool and silk fibers onto the sheer fabric to create what is known as Nuno felting.

Nuno felting can be seen on many you tube videos and is not difficult.  I will post my results when I have experimented with this fun new creative process.