This past week has been super busy....so I'm just now getting around to posting the results of our April Fiber Junkies gathering....our task was a day of Nuno felting.
Nuno felting is a Japanese fabric felting technique. It's a method where loose fibers (roving), such as wool, silk, even alpaca, are incorporated into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze. This is accomplished through moisture, a little soap, & lots of friction, until the fibers become one. It creates a lightweight, drapable felted fabric.
We pooled our roving stashes to provide a wide range of colors. First bubble wrap, the size you want your finished piece to be, is place on a table. It is covered by the base fabric...in our case Judy Simmons, dyed a sheer silk for us.
Next.....I covered the entire piece with thin strands of wool roving....some purposeful, other times not. Crisscrossing the fiber is a good idea since it helps to hold them together better during the felting process.
Next we covered our 'layout' with pieces of nylon curtain material that Val purchased at a resale shop. This hold the fibers in place for the following steps.
The 'curtain' has now been thoroughly wet with warm to hot water...you want the fibers beneath quite wet to help them stay in place. Once that is done, a small bar of soap is fitted into a nylon footie, which makes holding onto the slippery soap easier. Now the hard work begins.....one vigorously rubs the soap across the wet surface....this is where friction, water, and a little soap starts the felting process. The goal is to work the fibers together and this takes upper body strength for sure and it takes time!
Here's my piece which is quite large. I intend to cut it apart and use it as a background for bead embellishing.
I blogged about this technique way back in 2009....check it out here for additional photos and descriptions of this process.
Check in tomorrow to see how I turned my nuno felted piece into wall art.
This will also be shared on Nina's Off The Wall Friday be sure to check out her site for wonderful inspirations!!