Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sleeveless Nuno 'Dryer Felt' Jacket- Part 1 of 5

Nienke and Annemarie help me to stretch out dyed Mawata silk hankies.

 
Next up: a layer of hand-dyed silk gauze (in two colourways)...



...followed by a layer of wool roving. 
 
Edging the piece with a bright pink splash of merino/silk blend roving.



Soaping and wetting out the project...
 
...then adding a second layer of hand-dyed silk gauze.

 
More stretched silk hankies...

 
...and smoke rings of dyed tussah silk...

...make for a real 'fiber sandwich'!!! :)

 
Since I never know exactly what I'll get up to in a felt-making workshop...

...I always try to pack a few orphaned supplies from my stash cupboard...

...to see what might become of them in an unfamiliar setting! :)

For my class in Portugal, I took along pieces of silk gauze that I had hand-dyed some time ago...

...both with natural, cake icing dyes and with synthetic, acid dyes.

You'll notice that the colors start out quite wild-looking...

...but the icing dyed sections will fade quite a bit by the project's end.

Since this is another dryer felt project...

...I began with a layer of thin plastic on the table surface.

Nicola is a big fan of putting designs on both sides of her nuno felt projects...

...and now, I am a convert to this idea, as well!!

Starting with quite widely stretched-out dyed silk hankies...

...I made designs on the surface of the plastic.

A layer of silk gauze, one of wool roving and another layer of silk came next...

...then more silk hankies and a smattering of tussah silk fiber circles.

Next time: the project is rolled up and felted in the tumble dryer...

...and a piece of felt is 'born'!! :)

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10 comments:

GalaFilc said...

Oh!!! so nice!!!!

Rachel said...

It's certain to end up a riot of pattern, that's for sure!

Kelly said...

My goodness! It's huge! It's a good thing the dryer is going to do the not so fun part.

Karen said...

Oh wow Heather i cant wait to see what this looks like :)

Elizabeth said...

I can't wait to see step 2! You have a lot of fiber for one little layer of wool to anchor together!

Heather Woollove said...

Galina--Thank-you!
Rachel--You're right. It's not the jacket for a 'shrinking violet'!! :)
Kelly--I agree wholeheartedly!!
Karen--Hahaha...these multi-part posts do require a bit of patience, don't they?!?! Mwahahahaha! :)
Elizabeth--It's true. If I hadn't been with the ever- encouraging Nicola, I would never have tried a project like this! (It does help that the silk was all gauze, and therefore verrry open-weave.

Kelly said...

Oh and I had to post again...5! 5! parts??? ;)

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly-Hahaha...I knew this one would provoke your ire!
(Giggle) 5 parts is a record...even for me!!! :)

FeltersJourney said...

Gorgeous colours Heather!
x

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah!! These fabrics had been in my stash for ages...it was about time to use them! :)