Friday, January 12, 2018

Nuno Felt Coat - repair with sander.

I have a few photos of my latest nuno felt coat.  The first shows the thin layer of merino fibre, laid in all directions (but only one layer) over my large table.  This size will make a perfect piece for the back, then I repeat for both fronts, then a slightly smaller piece for the sleeves and collar and pockets.
I like to make yardage and tailor the coat to fit with set in sleeves, and a curved collar.
 This is the end result of the first piece, the back.  It ended up nice and thin, but alas, it had a hole in one spot.  So here are a few photos of the repair job, using a bit more merino wool, and a hand sander with polar fleece instead of sand paper, to quickly felt the hole closed.  A quick rinse and rub with hot then cold water has it repaired! 

 And the finished coat.  Nice and light... the whole thing weighs just 320 grams, and it warm enough for mild winter days or spring and fall.  The surface has silk chiffon from three different vintage saris, laid over the merino base, with yarn and rayon and hemp fibres to add more detail.
 I add an extra piece of felt to the sewn button holes to make them extra sturdy and reduce stretching of the button hole. 

 I just love the crinkly texture and the shimmer of the fibres.
Custom order one for yourself on my Etsy site, or shop in person at Pamela's in Jordan Village (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Scraps of silk become a fabulous scarf

I am doing a reasonable job of using up my silk scraps.  For months I used large saris to make scarves, coats, vests and jackets, but tossed the small scraps in a bin.  Here is how to use them up!

Lay out your scraps in a somewhat rectangular (scarf) pattern.  You can see some of the scraps overlap, but there are still gaps.  That's OK.

 Cover the edges with merino roving in thin long strands.  Where the gap is tiny, place roving from one side to the other over all edges.  Where the gap is large, make an intentional "negative space" by covering the edges, then criss cross strips of roving to hold it together.  Also decorate the large silk spaces with more roving, and silk, and other fibres.
 To make sure it all stays really well, I wet and flip the pirce and lay some roving on the other side to sandwich the edges between two layers of roving.    (here I skip photos of the wet, and roll, and roll, and roll, then hot water squish and throw...)

and here is the end result!  Several different pieces of blue sari, with cool intentional holes.

 One piece of sari had embroidery and beads, so I made sure not to cover that with wool.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Felted vessel... vase

I found a lovely shaped glass vase at the thrift store.  Then made a vessel with spikes (black and grey) and strands (brown and silk).  Cutaways and  nunofelt beaded silk sari fabric covered the surface.  After working it to a strong felt, I shaped it over the glass and used the strands to wrap the upper part tight to the neck of the vase.  I loved the result!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to felt a large scarf on a small table....

I wanted to make a long nuno felt shawl.  As you can see it extends about 24 inches past the end of my table.  I used a long enough plastic wrap below and went ahead and started laying the wool roving and pre-felt details on the top half....
 Then I wet it down and covered it with half the top plastic.  After rubbing it a bit and making sure it was smooth with no air trapped there, I folded enough of the wet half over, to pull the dry half onto the table.  Now I can lay out the wool and details here.
 I pulled the rest of the plastic over the wet second half and smoothed it out.
 Carefully folding, I flipped the whole thing over and uncovered the first half (other side) to work a bit of merino on the flip side.  Then I covered it again and slid the second half up to do the same there.  All details in place and wet with soapy water.  Just had to roll up and beat it up a bit, and wash it out and dry....
 And tah dah!  A lovely long nuno felt shawl...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Felted vessels and a table runner

Two more vessels:  One stretched over a glass vase with branches reaching up.

 and one with five sides that I made some spikes to fit in the opening.  Cool, eh?

 The table runner is black merino, circled with natural curly locks, and decorated with grey dyed silk cocoons, and a bunch of spikes for the center piece.
 close up of the center spikes.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer felting

I decided it was too long to wait until Fall to do more felting workshops, and since my new studio is big and cool, even on summer days, I am running a few this summer.  The first was yesterday with three large nuno felted scarves.  Lovely black, grey, cream and white shawls, a full six feet long!

 The next will be in two weeks, and will be a vase shaped vessel.
 I have a glass vase as the shaper inside, and may keep it there so I can put cut flowers into this, but really it will stand on its own now that it has dried.
Anyone interested in joining a future workshop, email me, or as usual I am open to private custom workshops in the future, just ask.  One of my students is booking a multi day session, to make a winter coat (the ultimate felting challenge!).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Felted Hats and Teapot Cozies

 Here are a few photos of wet felted teapot cozies and hats.  This workshop is my third at The Fibre Garden.  Come visit and join a workshop while in the beautiful Niagara Region!
 A skeptical husband joined his wife in this workshop and made this stunning camo' beret.  It was still wet but he would not take it off as he left!
 This whimsical hat is molded to a plastic form on my plastic head.  The pins will hold the pleats until dried, then the shape will hold itself.