A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

April 9, 2009

What is Nuno Felting?

Part of the Nuno Felted Scarf I Created

Part of the Nuno Felted Scarf I Created

 

Having written a little about my recent felting weekend I realized that some people might not be familiar with the term “Nuno Felting”.  I definitely did not have a clue what Nuno Felting was until this weekend (which was marginally better than my brother who is not familiar with the art of felting and questioned my grammar when I wrote to him that I was “going to felt alpaca”!)

 

According to Wikipedia the definition of Nuno Felting is:

Nuno felting is a Japanese fabric felting technique. It melds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze. This creates a lightweight felt that can totally cover the background fabric or be used as a single decorative design.

The Nuno felting process is particularly suitable for fine garment making, since silk-backed felt ensures a stable felt that will not stretch out of shape like normal felt. Because it is lightweight and easy to manipulate it can also be dyed more readily than traditional felt. Other fabrics or open weaves can be used as the felting background, resulting in a wide range of textural effects and colours.

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For my scarf I was felting alpaca fiber and decorative yarn onto a silk background.  The silk I used has a lovely iridescent quality that does not show up well in the photograph, and the combination of the silk with a fine layer of alpaca  fiber really does work well.  Not being the most creative of people my design is fairly basic, but I wanted to be able to concentrate more on the technique of Nuno Felting rather than have to worry about a complicated design.

 

It was fascinating to me to see how the alpaca fiber felted, it would soon turn from loose fiber to starting to have some solidity to it and then becoming felt which was attached to the silk.  As the alpaca fiber felted the silk would start to crinkle making a nice effect to the scarf.

 

The only things we used to get the alpaca fiber to felt were some cold soapy water (sometimes with felting you use hot water but for my scarf cold water was a better option) and elbow grease.  Felting is a good workout for the hands, arms and shoulders!

 

The end result of my Nuno Felting project was a soft, lightweight but warm scarf, with a unique design that might be considered attractive depending on your point of view.

 

I am sure I will be trying Nuno Felting again, it is a fun technique and you can add as much or as little felt design over the scarf as you please so there is plenty of room for creativity.  Now all I need to do is find plenty more time to play with felting (along with spinning, knitting, crochet – the list goes on and on!).

 

Rosemary

February 27, 2008

Not Quite a Hat but Getting There

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Fiber, Alpacas, General — Tags: , , , , , — alpacalady @ 7:38 am

Landscapes HatMy latest knitting project is almost complete. It got off to a good start and then got postponed as we prepared for the show. I had high hopes of knitting on the journey to the show but we were so late setting off it was dark before we got an hour down the road. I have a little light that I travel with to help me be able to knit in the truck after dark, but the yarn I am using splits easily and the fact that the section I am working on is a mid blue didn’t help my progress.

I did manage to cast on the stitches for the next section but the eyestrain just doing that was a little much and so I had to put the project aside for a while.

When we returned home I did get a chance to do some knitting – as I sat with Ric at the hospital as we waited to see the doctor. I knew we were going to have a long wait (it turned out to be over two hours until we even got to see the doctor) and so went to the hospital prepared. The time goes by a lot quicker when you have something to do.

While at the hospital I discovered that I had actually twisted the knitting on the circular needles creating a möbius band – not what I wanted at all. It seems as if every time I read the words “be careful not to twist the knitting on the circular needles” it is an automatic signal to my brain to do just that!

Still by the time we left the hospital I had ripped out the bad knitting and recreated the piece to where it was when we arrived, so all was not lost.

The next section will form the crown and will attach to the main body of the hat that you see pictured above. The yarn is Landscapes, a lovely blend of alpaca and silk from Alpaca With A Twist and the hat has a beautiful soft feel to it.

The hat will be finished soon and then it will be on to the next craft project, I still have a couple of sweaters on my to do list, but of course there is still that matching sock to make to complete the pair I have already started. Whatever the next project is one thing’s for sure, it will be made of alpaca!

Rosemary

 

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