Monday, 13 February 2012
This is my first attempt at nuno felting (a technique which bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze). Having seen lots of beautiful scarves on Pinterest and google images I decided to make myself a scarf. I watched several videos on youtube and decided this lady's were the easiest to follow. The most suitable fabric I could find was some black silk chiffon so then it was a question of deciding which colours of wool to use. As most of my clothes seem to be grey or black I decided to keep to these colours. This is the finished result.
I was really pleased with my effort but the first friend I showed it to remarked that it was drab and stiff! Undeterred I did wear it and had lots of favourable comments. It is stiffer than I had wanted but now I have discovered that the company from which I buy my wool tops also sells silk gauze (unfortunately only in white but I can dye it).
Because I did not have a piece of silk long enough then I had to join two pieces in the middle. This is quite easy as the felted wool joins them. I also had to put wool all around the edges as they were raw edges.
I am really keen to make some more scarves and am even wondering about selling them. What do you think?