The word Nuno means "new" in Japanese and Nuno felting refers to the creation of a "NEW" fabric made by combining wool with another textile- ususally silk, by forcing the wool fibers through the weave of the silk fabric in the felting process- hence Nuno Felting.
In these two shots you see my good friend and fellow fiber artist Ms Christine Vihn, modeling the glorious piece!
Artistic Artifacts so she can pop in for classes almost every month!!!!
Nuno felting is by no means an easy or quick process. One must first gather supplies- wool, textiles, silk, lace etc, lay out the design with the wool fibers, assemble the felting sandwich of silk, wool fibers, plastic sheeting; all on bubble wrap and a towel, wet the fibers down and then begin to work the wool fibers through the textile of choice. PHEW!!! NOT DONE YET!!!! Once you see evidence that the fibers are getting through the textile, the rolling begins!!
Lauren and Nga were rolling and rolling and rolling and unwrapping, re-wrapping and rolling some more. Margo came by to check the progress and the ladies were able to stop rolling and proceed to rinsing and throwing ! YES, this process takes lots of energy and one can work up quite a sweat. there is even a special stance that one must assume to avoid back strain!!!
Marji was quite pleased with her piece even though Margo had determined that the rolling was not quite done!!
I have not finished my piece yet and I have only just begun the rolling step. i spent a long time laying out my fibers and included some tussah silk along with the wool to add some sheen and jots of bright color. I will post pictures of the piece as soon as I get to finishing it!
The next time you see a felted garment I hope that you will understand some of the effort both physical and creative that went into the creation of each piece. Whatever the asking price , if the piece is for sale, it is most likely TOO LOW!!!
Japanese Painted Fern
New Dawn Rose
Endless Summer Hydrangea
Siberian Iris with Hydrangea
More Endless Summer Hydrangea
Yes ,I do LOVE my Hydrangea!!