Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Just wanted to share pics of scarves I made with the techniques I'll be teaching at SAFF this fall -- October 26-27. I'm teaching 2 workshops, one called Romantic Wraps and the other called Abstract Compositions. I'm combining techniques in these pieces. Saff info here: -- it's such a great show! I'm always so inspired by the culture in Asheville and the many fiber artists who live there and attend the show. It's worth the effort to go if you can!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just wanted to post pics of the workshops I'll be teaching at SAFF this fall. (in October 2017 in Asheville, NC) Here is a link to their website. Sign ups have started!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nuno Shawl Example

My new spring fabrics are inspired by orchids. Here is a before and after of a shawl I just made!

I have this fabric for sale in my Etsy shop now!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Recent Eco Printing Workshop

Photos from the recent workshop with Nicola Brown -- loved learning to eco-print!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Nuno Pattern is Available!

Just wanted to post an update about the nuno patterns. The first pattern is available to purchase. Yeah! I've named it the Olivia, and you can use it to make a vest or pull over top. Here are the artist's drawings.

These garments are made by first cutting the fabric, then felting the individual pieces and sewing them together. If you have some felting and preferably some sewing experience, it is a pretty quick process to make one of these. I am continuing to experiment with easy ways to make a seamless nuno garment, and I want to incorporate that into the patterns, so I am working on that. Sorry to be slow, but feel free to order the first pattern if you have some experience. I will ship an actual paper pattern with instructions. If you need fabric or wool, I will custom make what you need (within my given colorways or I can make some solids). Just email me at and let me know what you need. Cheers!

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: . 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?