I’ve been to the library, discovered I’ve won some gorgeous hand spun from my buddy Heather, run a wash, stocked up on brown soda bread and milk as well as 100 dressmakers pins this morning (more in a minute) and now I’m ready for a FULL DAY felting and possibly dying too, woo hoo! I still need to catch up on emails, paperwork and many more other household tasks left over from the manic last weeks but for today that is it, no more procrastinating but rather creating and playing with fibre!!!
On Friday I shared with Gerda an experiment in nuno felting using a technique I hope to offer in workshops this Autumn. Basically it involves using a tumble dryer for some of the steps therefore meaning that anyone with physical limitations or a tendency to get tired rubbing and rolling will have this stage of the process either eliminated altogether or cut down to no more than ten minutes in total! Chrissie and I will be publishing a new book prior to Christmas (click here to check out a preview of our first book From Felt to Friendship if you are interested in what we have been up to so far) and this time concentrate on simple ideas for designing and felting your own clothing with a view to flattering your personal shape, not that ‘perfect’ shape we all aspire to but most of us never achieve!!!
Anyway, back to Friday and the nuno top I made. Working in white ponge silk and undyed 26 micron I laid out a front and back side of my top basing the design on a scaled up version of a favourite wardrobe staple. By using only white raw materials for the main layout area I was able to lay out the fibres really quickly, get on to the felting, piece my top together (thanks Gerda, you kept me sane, bought more much needed pins this morning!) and then have great fun dying using Horst’s wonderfully simple method of achieving graduating colours with no stress at all. Having the correct equipment now for my studio and working with Horst again over the course of our large felt garment workshop as well as observing friends Jan Durham, Dawn Edwards and Sharon Costello from The Tin Thimble in action during my US trip has given me the confidence to set up my dying station in the kitchen and just ‘get on with it’ myself.
My plan for the next few days is to felt and dye at least two pieces to be used for the fashion show at Felt in Focus next week, I leave for Copenhagen on Friday so I’m off now to get started!!! Thanks Cristina for house sitting while I will be away, Rex will be thrilled.
This little sample is tantalizing, can’t wait to see the rest! Good for you for getting on with the dyeing, Nicola!
I met Horst yesterday at Dorie’s and it must have been a great event at your place…ooooh Ireland.
love and also compliments on your book!
Hi Yvette, it was pretty hectic with Horst but great fun too!!!XXX
Nicola, I use the dryer on “air only” for nearly all of my nuno felts. The results are simply wonderful, don’t you think? Your sample piece is spectacular. Maybe next time you’re here in the states, I won’t have a family tragedy and will be able to spend some time with you.
Peace to you,
Hi Suzanne, Not actually sure if I have an ‘air only’ setting on my driyer, your US ones are SO much bigger and easier to regulate!!! Hope to see you for longer too next time. X
Congratulations on your win of handspun yarn by Heather…That Heather is a woman of many talents!
Hope you have a great time in Denmark. Felt in Focus sounds fantastic!
Already looking forward to your new book…Perhaps this time I’ll even remember to have you autograph it;-)
Enjoy your day(s) of felting.
Sounds like you have been having a wonderful time, I can imagine you feel a bit like you have been in a whirlwind though 🙂 Im LOVING your work (the new nuno technique sounds tantalising) and your dyeing is wonderful!
What are you using for your big dyepot? I have a huge ancient ex-military cook pot as my big one..only drawback is its very pitted & doesnt have a lid. I cant find anything near that size new.