My new nuno felt vest/stole!

As stated in yesterday’s post, I headed to the studio in the afternoon to felt some yardage and once it was dry I cut out the free-style curved stole from ‘shapeshape’ by Natsuno Hiraiwa. It definitely drapes differently in felt as opposed to the jersey I tried in the morning but I love the finished result, to me it’s much more a vest than a stole!

Free-style curved stole adapted slightly and prior to dyeing

In fact I adjusted the pattern when I started to cut, one because I was aiming for a longer piece at the back, two because I wanted a narrower piece to drape or form a collar at the front. I was also limited by the amount of muslin that I had in stock (I LOVE nuno felting with muslin!!!) so my end yardage was not quite as long at the pattern asked for, I laid out one very fine layer of merino between two layers of fabric and then decorated one side with a lot of raw silk, the piece is obviously now reversible. It’s amazing how much more confident I was cutting into my felt as a result of discovering that the angled armholes appear to suit my body shape. Like my sample from the morning this piece fits well and now all I have to do is decide what colours to dye it!!! With some of the waste I cut out the reversible faux collar, this piece was a big revelation because Natsuno says not to take any short cuts when cutting, it’s obvious why once you do cut and as a result it sits beautifully around the neckline. In the picture I have it lying back to front, I like the vee shape!

Texture and soft colour from the raw silk



5 thoughts on “My new nuno felt vest/stole!

  1. Beautiful Nicola!!! Love the soft shape and texture (your photo backdrop’s not too shabby either!!)
    Did you full this in the dryer? Roll it? I’d like to see a close-up of the armhole. This is VERY interesting! Can’t wait to see what color you dye it!

  2. This looks terrific! And imminently wearable. You could wear it white for a little while and dye it in a month or so, then you’d get to wear it in two different colors.

    I went to flikr to see if you posted any pictures of the back. 😦 Would love to see a pic from both the back and the side.

  3. Ooohhhh…This is gorgeous and the texture is lovely! You did a fantastic job!

    I have never nuno-felted with muslin…Will have to find some and give it the old college try;-)

    Hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. Off to have a pot of coffee… Oh, I mean, cup of coffee;-)))


  4. I agree with everyone Nicola……this piece is wonderful. I am wondering if your muslin is like our muslin here in the states or is it more like gauze???? it looks like everyone could wear it…….

    Fantastic piece!!! can we see more pictures of the back etc?


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