Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sleeveless Nuno 'Dryer Felt' Jacket- Part 2 of 5

The fully laid out piece...

 
...as it's carefully rolled up in plastic...

 
...then trussed and wrapped in a towel for several short 'bursts' in the dryer.

 
Voila...it's time for fulling!



The front side of the finished piece.

 
A close-up view of some of the dyed silk hankies...

 
...reveals that they've retained their color beautifully...

 
...and made lovely, cobwebby designs on the surface of the finished felt!

 
Please take note of the (much paler) color of the finished felt...

...now that some of the food dye has washed away.

The piece is still pretty vibrant, of course...

...but at least now it 'won't put your eyes out' when you look at it! Grin.

The benefit of using silk hankies on both sides of the felt...

...is that anything you make with it will be completely reversible.

Next time: the back side of the finished felt...

...and an ancillary piece of felt is begun!

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15 comments:

Terrie said...

Pulling of the handies was fun. Incorporated into nuno felt was the first time I saw. Great to have the rest done by trumble dryer. You journal is a good record for my reference. I didn't make this in the workshop. Will follow through till finished. You're marvellous.

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--I loved having 'helpers' to pull open the Mawata silk hankies with me. When I'm felting by myself at home, I have to use my hands and my CHIN!!
...and yes, it's as awkward-loking as it sounds!! Giggle

Elizabeth said...

I love what happened to the color! The silk really pops now that the background (underground?) is softer.

Heather Woollove said...

Elizabeth--I agree. It's funny, 'cause the icing dye faded in a 'blotchy' way...not overall and evenly?!?

Fiona Duthie said...

Beautiful, Heather! I love how the edges of the hankies have made the abstract patterning....it must be lovely and shimmery in person!
xoFiona

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona--Thanks! I had used silk hankies before, but hadn't stretched them nearly as far and I really prefer this new way.
I agree..silk always adds an extra bit of sheen that is so attractive!

AnnieDinSpain said...

Beautiful work Heather! I'm in awe!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Annie!! XXO-

Vivian said...

This is quite a large project, would be very fun to see how it turns into a jacket. The way silk takes on colors is always fascinating!

Rachel said...

It is a lovely cobwebby effect - and such cheerful colours!

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian--I did not personally dye the silk hankies, but I agree..they
always dye beautifully!
Rachel--I just adore the cobweb effect, too. Maybe I'll make a white hankie on black felt Halloween piece some day!! :)

Kelly said...

The "texture" of color that the silk brings is just beautiful!

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--I like it, too!

FeltersJourney said...

LOVELY piece of felt!
x

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--It was fun to do all of the 'add ons'! :)