Here are a couple of images of my nuno felt tunic in progress. I laid out the Filzrausch wool very finely on a base of light cotton fabric making sure to keep the brightly coloured circles and stripes large enough to be visable in the felted article.
Unfortunately the images don’t do the felt justice as the weather outside is very dull and the light inside was against me! I am very happy with the texture on this side of the top, it is nice and crinkly with straight but wavy edges, hope you can understand what I mean! You know from previous posts how much I hate sewing (although I really admire and appreciate others work!!) so I am just trying to think of the best way to stitch up the sides and elongate the armholes a little.
I used a template from Felting Fashion as a guideline and feel that for my shape, being above average height, I could have cut out the armhole section about 3 inches deeper and longer. Ah well, I will just have to experiment and eventually will get a template to fit me a bit better, isn’t that half the fun of felting, the experimental kind of stuff!
Great news on my ‘Sculpture in Context’ submission. The large felt hanging ‘Cascade’ that I submitted has been accepted for the exhibition so now all I have to do is make hundreds of flowers to go towards the work.
May I ask why you didn’t use a resist and wrap the fibre around instead of leaving the sides open?
What kind of cotton do you use? I tried nuno felting on a fairly loose cotton gauze today and the wool just wouldn’t attach to the cotton. Did the same process the other day with silk and had no problem.
I used some light weight cotton for the tunic (part of a long wrap that I cut up) and have also felted with a very tightly woven fabric that took ages to get to work but when it did the result was pretty good. To the best of my knowledge cotton gauze should work well so possibly you need to rub for quite a while (or use an electric sander) before rolling and then throwing. Hope this helps!