I had said Friday’s are Nuno Felting days and so far I am able to stick with this schedule. My daughter was home on spring break when I made my last scarf and she enjoyed seeing the process and how it is done. Of course, she wanted one. So here is the one I made for my daughter. Her request for colors were purples and blues.
So again first I dye my silk chiffon scarf. Purple is always a tricky color. Too much red and its pink, too much blue and its too blue. So here’s my dye mixture: Crimson, royal blue, dab of pink, dab of violet, dab of lilac. I like it!
This time I am doing a pattern of circles down the scarf. I leave the circles open with no wool in center so that the silk chiffon will come through. I think this would make a nice affect. I also took some black mohair yarn and outlined the circles to make them more prominent in the design.
I also am trying out adding some Angelina Fibers. The fibers I have are such a nice sparkly deep blue, so I think this will work nicely! Hmmmm, I like this, I think I am going to order more Angelina Fibers for Nuno Felting.
I am done with the design and I put my tulle netting over the wool.
Again, I wet it down with my hot soapy water. Agitate, agitate, and agitate to get those pretty wool fibers tangled up! So I use my hands and just keep rubbing. When it looks good (i see fibers coming through the tulle) I am ready to roll.
I roll up the whole thing with the pool noodle on the inside, put on the music, and start my rolling! I take breaks after every 100 rolls and check it. This scarf I checked about 3 times to make sure all was well.
WHen I am done rolling and I see fibers are very well felted into the silk (you can see them coming through the back of the silk scarf), it is time for the fulling! Oooo, I get so excited at this stage! So I take it to the sink and gently agitate the scarf in my hands using more hot soapy water. Use gloves so you can use water that is pretty hot and you do not burn your hands.
My really really favorite part! Fulling. I lift and drop, lift and drop — many times onto my tread surface. I take to sink to keep putting hot water on it as well – I willl do this about 3 times and then back to the tread for more dropping. SPLAT! This is so much fun — I love Friday’s!
Now I see it is getting so many nice puckerings and bubbles, I am excited about this scarf. I check those little circle designs and the silk chiffon is nicely puckering up through those holes. Wow, how cool is this!
Here is my daughters scarf. I really like the colors she chose for this scarf. I like the circle design throughout the scarf. I rinse it in vinegar and hang to dry!
When it no longer smells like a wet sheep, you can wear it! 🙂
I think she will like it!