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Friday, July 19, 2013

Another Nuno Felting Pattern in the Works


I am working on this nuno pattern -- hope to have it available by July 1, 2014. Contact me if you'd like to be on the waiting list! It can also be made as a vest...


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Nuno Felted Lightweight Shawl with Ruffles – A Tutorial

This is a brief explanation of how I created this piece. It assumes you have some knowledge of nuno felting. I have also created a video which is available for sale. Watching the video should give you enough knowledge to complete this project without further training. You can find the video here: http://suzannemorgan.com/new_teaching_video . I will also have these materials for sale in my ETSY shop!


This is a simple but beautiful lightweight shawl. It is wonderful to wear in warmer weather over a tank top or in cooler weather you can snuggle it around your head and neck to keep really warm. A very easy to wear and versatile piece!


For this project I am using 2.5 yards of 36” wide 3.5mm silk and 30 grams of 18 micron wool. The finished size of the project is 18" X 60".     Begin by ironing the fabric, getting it as flat and even as possible. Then fold over approximately 3” on either side to form the ruffles. The cut edge of the fabric on either end will be finished with wool later.

 Carefully divide the wool into 8 long bands.  Set aside.

 To make the ruffled edge, begin to lay out the horizontal bands along the inside edge of the folded fabric (see the picture), tugging on the wool to flatten it as you go.  The wool will go through both pieces of the fabric. One of the bands you split off should stretch to make one of the bands going the length of the shawl. Continue with the wool about 4” past the edges of the fabric to make the fringes on the edges

Continue to lay out the long horizontal bands, splitting the area in the middle into 3 areas.  There should be 5 long bands in all – each one should extend past the edges of the fabric about 4” to make the fringes.













Next, begin to lay out the vertical bands along the cut edges, being careful to keep the wool on top of the silk. These bands also extend beyond the edge s of the fabric about 4”. Lay out 5 more vertical bands across the width of the fabric, just eyeing the spacing and making it fairly even as you go. The 5 interior bands should stop at the beginning of the horizontal band that makes the ruffled edge and not extend into the ruffle.  These bands can be straight or you can make them have some curves or whatever shape pleases you. The bands on the sample curve a little bit on the last 1/3 of the band. There are 7 vertical bands in all.


 When you are happy with the layout, add your decorative finishes. In the sample shown, small thin pieces of silk and bamboo roving were spread across the piece. Tiny wisps of wool were added on top to secure the silk and bamboo roving.








 Wet out your work, either by covering with tulle and adding cool soapy water, or use the fertilizer sprayer on the finest setting as shown in the photo. You do not have to cover your work if you use the fertilizer sprayer.



Cover your work with the lightest weight painter’s plastic (.6 or .7 mil). Rub lightly with a scrunched up plastic bag to make sure the wool is flattened and the water is spread evenly.


  




















  Roll or sand your work.  (If you need to learn to roll or sand, you might want to watch the video -- see the link above!)
 When you are finished rolling or sanding and the wool is securely adhered to the fabric, begin to full your work.  Scrunch, throw, roll etc. to shrink your work.
Rinse the piece to get the soap out. Also rinse with white vinegar to restore the ph of the wool. Lay flat to dry. Iron with a cool iron when dry.  Enjoy!!!

You can find the materials to make one of these in my Etsy shop (see the link in the sidebar above) -- here is another color I've dyed, won't this make a beautiful shawl?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nuno Felting Video Now Available!!!

My first video "Basic Nuno Felting" is available for purchase -- go to my website http://suzannemorgan.com/new_teaching_video. Reviews so far have been great!


Also, Kathyanne White has printed on several pieces of my felted fabric with great results. See her blog post here: http://www.digitalalternativesurfaces.com/digital-printing-on-felt/ and stay tuned for more about that!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Patterns for Nuno gettin' closer!

Wow, thanks so much to all of you patient people who have been waiting for me to release my first nuno pattern. I finished the paper pattern months ago, but found it a little overwhelming to write directions that I felt anyone could follow, no matter what your felting level. I have been working on a video so you can see how I felt. Guess what? It is finally done! I am so excited. The video will be released on Vimeo around the first of June. In the video I teach you how to make a nuno scarf, but you will see how to lay out wool and use the sander, both of which you will need to know to make a garment.




Now that I have some video footage for you to review, I will focus on packaging up the pattern so it can go out in the world. I've taught the class several times and had some wonderful results (photos above). I hope to develop other pattern styles as well... Here is a link to my pinterest page where I've been putting photos of the finished pieces. http://pinterest.com/suzannemorgan1/boards/

And, on another note, I am doing a little experimenting with the fabulous Kathyanne White. Kathyanne is known for her fabulous and fearless printing on alternative surfaces. Guess what? She wants to try printing on felt. Stay tuned for more on that topic. And please go and check out her work at http://www.digitalalternativesurfaces.com. Those of you who want to make a thin supple felt to print on could also watch the video to learn to felt.

Blessings to all!