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?


  1. Excellent instructions. Thanks.

  2. I purchased and viewed the video on using the sander for nuno felting. Instructions were clear and concise, and a great source for new felters like myself.

  3. Thank you so much. I’m going to have a go at one of those and if it comes out well everyone will be getting one for Christmas !

  4. Suzanne I love your work and the strands of being we find inside us when using those strands to leave pretty in this world. I am in hospice and bed bound when I found RosiePink, a tutorial that uses basic wet felting techniques with room for the strands in my mind that are constantly scanning others wondering what they are thinking, pondering the world outdoors and keeping my thoughts focusing on the events around me and imagining a whole other world they called hom