Hear ye, Hear ye all blog followers of knitorious…On October 7 and 14, join knitorious at the A Work of Heart craft lounge in San Jose, CA to partake in the festivities. From 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, tantalize your creative tastebuds learning the basic techniques of nuno felting. Just add a little water, soap and agitation and watch what happens. Check-out the class description at www.aworkofheart.com. Why not visit the craft lounge and get an up close and personal look at the scarf on display?
Many times, one idea leads to another idea, which opens up a plethora of possibilities. That’s what happened when I, knitorious, decided to combine the technique of nuno felting and the art of shibori. The manipulation of wool fibers with a woven structure along with resistance co-mingles two opposite actions.
On the surface of a pre-dyed silk scarf, wool roving of two different colors were delicately placed, one layer horizontal and the other vertical. When the fulling process progressed to the point where the silk scarf began to pucker, wooden beads with a cocoon of yellow/orange-colored roving were each encased with a silicone band.
The action of resistance along with the manipulation of the wool fibers and the woven structure of silk metamorphose the silk scarf into an intriguing sculpture.
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.
Today in Northern California, the weather was perfect for experimenting with the Nuno Felting technique. Nuno Felt represents the co-mingling of wool fibers with the woven structure of silk. Synthetic fabrics also offer good support for this technique. Why not experiment with cheesecloth? Silk provides an intriguing background for this process because of its translucent appearance. Last year while cruising the marketplace at Stitches West, I spied pre-dyed silk scarves perfect for Nuno Felting. It was time to dust off the silk scarves and have some fun!
I filled a bucket with warm water, grabbed a bar of olive oil soap, and a roll of bubble wrap. The silk scarf was placed on a length of bubble wrap, wool roving was gently placed on top of the scarf, and I proceeded to saturate the scarf and wool roving with a solution of warm water and olive oil soap. I patiently agitated the surface with a piece of net between the surface of the scarf and my hands.