Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nuno Felting Experiments

I ahve been dreaming of playing with felting silk fabrics and silk fibers along with wool and mohair curls for some time now. It has all been coalecing in my brain and percolating down to a method tha I canapproach for some time now. I finally got it concentrated to an approachable form several weeks ago and gathered my bits and pieces and dove in. This scarf or shawl or wra above is the reult of all of my collecting and mental work and felting trials.
I collaged some vintage lace fabric from an Estate sale, a deconstructed silk gauze blouse found at Goodwill and some pink silk gauze fabric from Artistic Artifacts . I "glued it all together" using wool roving, mohair curls ans silk fibers. I overlapped the fibers with the fabrics , added soap and water and elbow grease and viola a cohesive whole of soft gauzy loveliness!!! I am so inspired to have another go with this method, but must gather more silk gauze!!!
, This NUNO experiement was much more straight forward. I hand dyed this 10 inch, two yard strip of silk gauze, and then felted wool roving mohair curls and silk fibers down the center 4 inches. this created a lovely loosely ruffled edge down both sides.
To increase the sparkle just a bit more I added some seed beads randomly wandering downt he length of the felted bit . So soft and floaty and luxureous!!!

This next piece is more of a small shawl rather than a scarf and has a curved wide area in the middle that tappers off to thinner ends with wool'silk tassles to finish it off. Again I used a wonderful length of hand dyed (by moi) silk gauze in purples and blues. I felted three narrow strips of fiber down the length of the silk with one strip of fiber capturing one long raw edge. By encasing the edge in fibers , the wool pulled the silk in in a ruffly fashion and thereby curved the bottom edge of the silk gathering it in. I love th lovely ruffling and ruching effect that can be achieved with the combination of strategically placed fibers.!!





I am now planning on purchasin some legths fo silk gauze fabric, setting up the dye vats and felting some more silky lovliness. I hope to have several of these creations posted to my revamped Etsy Shop soon!!

I hope that all of you can get out and enjoy some of the lovelySpring awakenings or Fall changes wherever you may be, this weekend!! I am off to dye some more silk!!!!!

9 comments:

PeggyR said...

OMG that is so beautiful! I need to get back to needle felting.

Peggy Beck said...

Your color combinations are gorgeous and the work looks beautiful. I would be very proud of it if I were you.

bois-fleurie said...

Your nuno felting is for me breathtakingly beautiful.

Marilyn Rock said...

Luscious!

Createology said...

Your felted pieces are just lovely. The possibilities are endless. Happy felting...

Sharon said...

Love the colors. You are really going to town on this one!!! :-)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

These are beyond beautiful! Love them!

grrl + dog said...

I always love the texturesof nuno felting, how it ruffles so naturally.

Jacky said...

I just love nuno felting and these pieces you have done are gorgeous!!!!
Fun, fun, fun.

Jacky xox

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