Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nuno Workshop cont'd

Wool roving holds the mohair locks, ribbons, yarn & thread embellishments in place during the felting process. Eva's shawl is ready for felting.
Dana's artful arrangment of roving and embellishments:
Dana applying warm, soapy water to the felt 'sandwich' of bubble wrap, silk scarf & roving, and a top layer of bridal veil netting to hold the roving and embellishments in place:
After wetting the sandwich with soapy water, it is rolled up slowly and fastened with two nylon stockings. Then the rolling process begins. Roll it 200 times, back and forth. Open and check to see how the felting process is going. Roll it up again, and repeat back and forth rolling another 200 times. Repeat as necessary until you can see that the roving has migrated through to the back side of the silk scarf and the roving on the front has started to shrink and felt. Below, Jackie and Janet rolling, rolling, rolling.......
Janet checks the progress of her nuno felted shawl, below.

Next post.....workshop participants modeling their wet nuno felted shawls!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Carolyn's Nuno Felting Class cont'd

This much roving!
Applied in thin layers all around the edge of the silk scarf, underneath:
And a second layer over the scarf edge on the top of the scarf:
Use very small wisps of roving to hold down mohair locks and other embellishments.
Workshop participants concentrating.....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Felted Cats by Carolyn and friend Debbi

Here are two cute cats my friend Debbi and I made while staying at Shady Dell RV Park (vintage trailers) in Bisbee, enjoying the sun in their vintage "shell" chair outside our trailer. Mine, Tootsie, is on the right. Debbi is an expert needlefelter! They are now properly dressed in knitted clothing....

Carolyn's Nuno Felting Workshop

Carolyn came to Mississippi for a nice long visit in April. I kept her real busy (like she does when I visit her in Tucson!). One day during her visit, Carolyn gave a nuno felting workshop to members of my North Mississippi Fiber Arts Guild, plus some members of the Memphis Guild of Handloom Weavers.

It was a great class and a great group of very agreeable students. There were 11 of us. That's a big class, but everyone was patient, hard working, and knew how to laugh! Thanks all, for a wonderful day, and especially to Carolyn for sharing your knowledge and artistry with us.

Below are photos of Carolyn's "trunk show" before class. In the next post.....hard at work students and their finished (though still wet) nuno felted shawls.

Above and below, Carolyn models one of her nuno felted shrugs, front, back, and detail.

Below, Mary models a shrug.

Eva is a natural born model! Here, modeling Carolyn's nuno felted cocoon jacket. Plus a detail of the jacket.

Below, Thea's shows the versatility of a nuno scarf. Driving to class, on a cool April morning, the driver window in the van would not go up. We pulled one of Carolyn's scarves out of the back, wrapped it around my head and shoulders, and I was cozy all the way to the workshop (50 miles!).
More photos in the next posts of students designing, rolling, more rolling, trying on wet shawls, etc.