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.

So Excited About Silk!

As I study other fiber artist’s work online, I have noticed how some of them use patterned sections in their scarves and I wondered how they got those effects.  Knowing they use silk and merino as I do, I realized they must be using printed silk.  I went online and found beautiful old sari’s for sale, so I picked out my favorites (pictured above) and ordered them!  I also saw some gorgeous iridescent silks in solid colors and ordered some of those too.  I am very excited about incorporating these exquisite colors and patterns into my scarf designs!

I have some silk already, for my scarf designs and for use in the workshops, but in the very near future I will have even more!

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.