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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nuno felting fun!

Design laid out and ready to felt

Design laid out and ready to felt

Nuno felting is a Japanese fabric felting technique that incorporates wool, a fabric such as silk gauze or chiffon. Soap and water plus some muscle that involves rolling the fabric to start the felting process. So how does the project being made stay together? As you are rolling, the fibers weave their way through the fabric and lock in. The process of using hot and cold water shrink the fabric that holds fiber in place creating a light weight felted piece that will not stretch out of shape.
My husband is amazed every time I make a scarf, he can't believe that I can get a scarf made in a few short hours.
Our alpacas create lots of fiber and not only do we have yarn processed at a mill it is also fun to save some so I can learn how to do other things with it as well.
It's relaxing to let my imagination create different designs using alpaca and sometimes blending other fibers as well, like merino, tussah silk, bamboo and fun sparkle like firestar for added texture.
As the dreary weather approaches I will keep busy coming up with different designs and continue to learn new techniques!
Finished scarf

Finished scarf

alpaca, merino and tussah silk

alpaca, merino and tussah silk

Alpaca fiber laid out and ready to felt

Alpaca fiber laid out and ready to felt

100% alpaca and some add ins for texture

100% alpaca and some add ins for texture