NEW! Nuno Felt at Windrush Farm in Petaluma

If you want to learn how to make a nuno felt scarf, then this is the class for you!

This is a class great for beginners. The class is so much fun! Nuno felt is almost like making a collage, with so many possibilities with color, textures, shapes, fabric, etc. Once the basics of this technique are learned, the sky is the limit. I love to teach beginners because they show up to the class ready to experiment with something new and exciting. I also love teaching, because I always learn something new from my students. And to make it even more exciting, the setting is in a beautiful farm owned by my friend Mimi Luebbermann. For more information and to sign up, please go to Eventbrite.com I can also be reached with a message using the contact form located in the Contact section of this blog. Oh, yes, my favorite line: Mistakes are a must!

 

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How about more blue to start the year with?

Every time I have a new project I try to learn something new from the process… Or at least I try to teach myself something new. There is always a story behind each piece.

Nuno Felted Coat: Wensleydale Wool, Merino, Uzbekistan Silk, Deer Antler Buttons with Indigo.

Indigo Coat

Indigo Coat with Wensleydale Locks Collar

Indigo Coat with Wensleydale Locks Collar Detail of the buttons Indigo Coat

Patricia

The Mother of the Bride

I had to admit, at some point I felt a little panic during the production of this dress (just a little). I tend to think about too many “what if’s” and I have to remind myself that I will be fine. I was checking my emails a few days ago, and the first email from The Mother of the Bride was on October last year. I met her in December and I agreed to design her a dress for her daughter’s wedding. Talking about a little pressure, right? I worked on it really slow and I took my time before walking to the next step. I guess I take dyeing for granted (since that’s what I generally do almost each week), because when I realized that it was the time to dye the dress, again my “what ifs” started to go around my head again. I don’t have a lot of experience with indigo. My friend Charmaine kindly spent an afternoon with me showing how she prepares her vat. So, I was on my own and I had to dye the dress with Indigo. I took my notes, and started my first indigo vat. So, one cold afternoon, I held my breath and I dipped the white dress in a stinky dark liquid hoping that the magic would do its trick for me… And it did!

The reds from the cochineal turned purple, the yellows from the Osage Orange turned green and the white wool and silk turned blue.

indigo Dress

Indigo Dress indigo Dress

The making of this dress tought me a few things. One of them was feeling ok with using buttons to fasten the garment. And the other lesson I learned is being p-a-t-i-e-n-t!

indigo Dress Back

The dress was modeled by my friend Gina.

Patricia

Easy Felted Scarf

Nuno Felted Scarf

I promised that I would post a photo tutorial and show how I use my Merino Wool Blends to felt a scarf. This is a fun, easy and fast project. Almost instant gratification. What I like about working with these blends, is that it is not necessary to purchase several colors of wool to make a multi color scarf, like the one shown in the picture, which can become quite expensive. Also, storage can be a problem for most of us. One braid of 4 oz can probably be enough to make a couple scarves. The tops are already blended, just the right amount, so the colors don’t muddy up once they are felted. They are great for beginners, since one doesn’t need a big investment on materials to make a couple of scarfs.Forest Jewels

For this particular scarf I used the Forest Jewels colorway (which is a blend of Merino with Soy Silk) for the front, and for the background I decided to used Merino in the Eggplant color which are both available at my shop. I also used a template for guidance, olive oil soap, bubble wrap and a pool noodle to be able to roll the project.Material used

I also found in my stash, some fun pieces of fabric and some dyed locks to add as decoration. This is a great way to use bits and pieces of fabric remnants from past projects.

Laying it out

Start by laying your bubble wrap with the bubbles facing up. Next, measure and break apart a portion of the roving needed, leaving some room for the shrinking process to occur. Forest Jewels roving

Carefully and with patience, start by opening the wool as shown below. Make sure that the fibers stay in a vertical position.

Here you can play with the design by leaving some holes on purpose if you want some of the background layer to show. It’s like making rivers of colors.Opening the rovingKeep opening the roving until you reach the size of your template if you are using one. I usually have one just because I don’t feel like measuring all the time.Scarf Tutorial

As you can see in the picture, I left a few holes, but I kept moving the colors around a little. This is the fun part for me. One important note: I usually work my way from the front to the back, meaning that I lay my materials facing away from me.

Laying out

Once I’m happy with how it looks, I move into laying out the background color, in which this case I used Merino in Eggplant.

Laying out the background

For this particular project, I also added some fun crinkle silk gauze at the edge of the scarf. If you add some fabric, make sure to sandwich it between your front layer and the background to secure it. Once I feel that I’m done with the design, the next step to follow is to wet the entire project with soapy water.Rolling the project

Now is the time to roll the project. I’m not going to go deep here, because there are many tutorials on YouTube to do this. But I usually do 12 min. on each end. After rolling from both ends, it is important to check and see if the fibers are already felting. If not, then it will be necessary to repeat the rolling stage again. Once you see that there is some felting happening, the last step will be the fulling which consists of throwing the project against a hard surface… like your floor. But before doing this, it is useful to get rid of excess water, otherwise, you will be splashing water and soap just about everywhere. I usually go outside on the deck to do this. Be cautious when doing this because here is where the scarf will shrink even more and faster. Keep checking the size constantly.

Once you are done with the fulling, make sure to always rinse your felted projects in water with vinegar and hang your piece to let it dry. I like to press my scarves to give them a nice finish.Finished Scarves

Sequins

Here is how the Soy Silk looks after it has been felted into the wool. It forms nice wiggles on the surface. Soy Silk

Crinkled Silk Gauze sandwiched between the two layers of wool.Crinkle Silk Gauze

The wool locks add color and texture.Wool Locks

This was a fun project! I think I will be working with the next color which is called Peacock. I will definitely post more pics.

Patricia

Anemones

After doing a demo at Windrush Farm last sunday on how to make felted flowers, I finished a bunch of them that were already felted and dyed and waiting just for the pin to be sewn on. I like how the muga silk grabs onto the wool and leaves a nice golden “dust” on top of the surface.

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Patricia

Felted Dress

I finished a dress last weekend.

Felted Dress

 

Front of Dress

Detail of Dress

Felted Dress

For the details I used some old lace, Muga silk, bast bamboo and Mulberry silk dyed with eucalyptus. I will be dyeing it next, but I haven’t decided what color. The Osage Orange is still soaking, and I’m thinking that this might be the right time to use it. We’ll see…

P.S. My felting class is full for the 21st, but I’m still teaching a workshop on the 28th and there are plenty of spaces available wink emoticon

 

Patricia

 

 

Vests

I finished a couple of new vests the weekend before last. I decided to work with some of the beautiful fabric that I was gifted a few years ago by Teri Jo Summer. It was interesting to observe how the felting transforms the prints and colors. They became more intense and defined. I really like the patchwork effect. The finished fabric also has a nice handle.

Felted Vest detal Felted Vest back detail

This is the second vest that I made.

Fuschia Vest Front

Fuschia Vest front detail

Fuschia Vest back

I used some thick fabric that I think is wool, and consequently I had a hard time getting the fabric felted into the project, and at the end  I decided to add a few stitches to keep it in place. I will be experimenting more with this technique.

Patricia