Nuno Felting on Silk Chiffon Scarves. Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Our fabulously handsomely beautiful Rachel showing off a nuno-felted scarf, handmade by Gisela from craft group.
May 22, 2013 Wednesday Morning. After a brief hiatus from craft group, we are back together again! This morning, Christine Newell taught us how to make Nuno felted scarves.
For a fee, Christine pre-ordered dyed or undyed silk chiffon scarves of various sizes and prices for our project. She also hand-dyed wool roving for our use.
Christine arranged the tables to present long open work surfaces for our long silk chiffon scarves.
Nuno is the name given to a technic combining wool with fabric (such as silk).
Some nuno-felted scarf samples sold at The Company of Angels school store
Christine brought in some gorgeous samples of nuno-felted scarves presently being sold at The Company of Angels store. They were inspiring!
Detail of a wine colored nuno-felted scarf showing you the price and the happy marriage between luxurious soft, cool, lightweight silk chiffon and warm cozy wool fibers.
Laying Down Thin Layers of Wool Along the Edge of Silk Scarf
For a fee, Christine supplied us with white or dyed silk chiffon scarves as starting templates for our nuno-felting project.
Lay fabric on bubble wrap, bubble side up.
Since this was our first nuno-felting project, most of us chose white silk chiffon. Gisela chose a wine colored silk chiffon scarf for hers: Thin layers of wool roving were laid down along the edge of our pre-dyed silk chiffon scarves.
Gaby laying down her sunny yellow design on her white silk chiffon piece.
Gisela at work.
Designs are laid down in thin flat layers of wool fibers
Rachel’s delicate green vines and red roses.
Carefully Spraying Soapy Hot Water onto our designs.
We did not use any tulle to cover our designs but
Rachel’s red rose vine covered in hot soapy sprays of water.
Gisela carefully spraying hot soapy water onto her wool fiber designs on her silk chiffon scarf
Wet Fibers and Fabric Completely
Cover the designs with bubble wrap and rub on the bubble wrap to encourage will fibers to o into silk fabric.
Rubbing Wool Fibers into Silk
Wrap silk and roll 100x to encourage wool fiber to penetrate silk fabric
Gaby rolling up her soapy-water saturated silk chiffon nuno-felt in sheets of bubble wraps.
Rachel and Gaby rolling their wrapped chiffon/fiber in bubble wrap and towels… 100 times!
roll 100x firmly in the opposite direction
repeat until you can feel the wool fibers penetrating to the other side of the silk fabric.
Fulling Our Scarves
fold the fabric into a package with the wool on the inside then rub with soap. Throw hently on the table for about 20-30 times.
Open the package, refold with the folds in different positions and repeat the throwing. Vibrations created by throwing the fabric cause the wool to shrink.
continue throwing the folded fabric until the wool begins to shrink. Once the shrinking begins then the process can be speeded up by dipping the felt into hot water to increase the temperature before throwing. Continue this way until the desired results is attained.
Finished Nuno-Felted Scarves!
Rachel modelling her own handmade nuno-felted scarf.
June 5, 2013. Rachel Skelly modeling Gisela’s nuno-felted beaded scarf.
Gisela’s nuno-felted scarf draped over the cherimoya tree.
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