Recently, while flipping through the pages of my many books on the subject of felting, I read instead of using silk for nuno felting, try cheesecloth. With a desire to experiment, I hiked to my local Sur La Table for a package of cheesecloth. The cheesecloth was hidden amongst the pots and pans and cost under five dollars. I decided to practice on a swatch instead of a whole project. Much to my surprise, a beautiful piece of fabric was created. A translucent and transparent surface was created due to the open weave structure of the cheesecloth and the behavior of the wool. The ability to allow light through the felting presented a beautiful sight.
The delicate quality achieved by the co-mingling of cheesecloth and wool roving reminds me of a cloudy day. I will definitely continue with this technique and felt a scarf. Perhaps I’ll try dyeing the cheesecloth when using a dyed wool roving.