A series of before and after pics from a felting session last week…

The first two pieces, focusing on working with colour, are flat felt in merino with a little silk floss on the surface. The first is more about the colours outside my window; the second, the colours inside my head.

outside colours
before
outside colours felt
after
inside colours
before
inside colours felt
after

The next sample is nuno felt using sari ribbon with a cobwebby layer of fleece, in this one the top layer is the ‘back’.

sari ribbon nuno felt
before
sari ribbon nuno felt
after

I really like the scribbly texture where the frayed edges of the ribbon are felted in, it looks almost like machine embroidery.

sari ribbon nuno felt
detail

The next experiment was to follow up a thought I’d had when making this scarf, ‘what if I felt a cord tied with sari ribbon?’

felt cord before
before
felt cord
after

Finally, I made a nuno felt ‘sandwich’ of two layers of thinly laid fleece trapping a layer of fabric scraps between. Sorry about the blurry ‘before’ image!

trapped fabric before
before
trapped  fabric nuno felt
after

The next colour pieces I do are going to be bigger! I want to make some seat covers for a set of dining chairs we have that are in rags. I’m going to try the felted cord again, with a variety of ribbons and yarns; and the nuno pieces are quite soft and stretchy and would need to be stronger for actual use – more experiments definitely needed there!

I’ve applied to end the deferment of my OCA Textiles 1 course at the beginning of March – exciting and a bit daunting as I’ve got so out of the habit. I’ve already ascertained that I can focus on nuno felt and shibori for the fabric manipulation module I’ll be going back to, so I can continue to build on what I’ve been doing recently.

I had some other bits of news but I think I’ll save them for another post as this one seems to have grown very long already. 🙂

the latest felting adventures

18 thoughts on “the latest felting adventures

  • February 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm
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    love what youre doing especially the nuno felt using sari ribbon and the cobwebby layer of fleece, really gorgeous. Judy

  • February 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm
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    The cord tied with Sari fabric looks a bit like a fishing fly.

  • February 18, 2009 at 7:40 am
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    As usual Fiona, very interesting.The ribbon and felt is my fav.

  • February 18, 2009 at 10:58 am
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    they are all gorgeous, but
    the sari ribbon felt is really exciting!!

    neki desu

  • February 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm
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    Love the nuno sandwich with the fabric scraps.
    Good luck with Textiles1 !

  • February 19, 2009 at 1:56 am
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    I truly admire the way you experiment with all your ideas. They look great. I’m glad you’ve developed the idea from your scarf. I’m so much less disciplined. I hate to think how many ideas I’ve wasted not writing them down or trying them out. A course is probably a good way to make all the development happen.

  • February 19, 2009 at 11:49 am
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    I’ve enjoyed looking at the experiments with sari ribbon. There are so many possibilities in feltmaking when you have a ‘what if ‘ mentality.

  • February 21, 2009 at 10:04 am
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    Those are some very interesting experiments. I really like the last one. I’ve been meaning to do something similar but I can’t find the right fabrics! Gotta go shopping!

  • February 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm
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    Hi

    Great to see you are getting back to Textiles 1, I am currently studying it and am just about to start project 8, the weaving bit.

    Becky

  • February 25, 2009 at 2:46 am
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    Hi Fiona,
    So glad I’ve just found your blog! I’m a silk painter, interested in felting but haven’t tried it much yet…. you’ve inspired me!

    These are all beautiful but the felt and ribbon piece is outstanding!

  • February 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm
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    Fabulous work and site Fiona

    I am sure you have nothing to be daunted about in resuming your OCA course. Hope you enjoy it.

  • March 2, 2009 at 8:31 am
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    Lovely Nuno felt pieces, I love doing this technique, haven’t done it for a long time.
    Good luck with the OCA course, it’ll be great to finish 🙂
    Great to see you on my blog, thanks for dropping in and leaving your comment.

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  • March 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm
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    That felted cord with sari ribon is such a great idea!!!!

  • March 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm
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    Love the felted cord, I nicked the technique for project 8, we have to make a series of ropes and I thought this was perfect, thanks for the inspiration.

  • April 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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    You are having a great time here Fiona and like a few others I think that felted cord is inspirational. Well done on going back to your course.

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