Developing a Sample for a Nuno Felting Class

My friend Paula and I have been working on a nuno felting class we’ll be teaching soon. It’s a nuno felted jacket based on the Cocoon Jacket that was featured in Felt Magazine by Polly Stirling. Essentially, you nuno felt yardage and then turn up the short ends of the fabric to make a seam for the jacket shoulders and sleeves.

Here’s the back of the jacket. I used 5mm silk habotai with a batt that I carded containing merino wool, Tencel, Seacell, silk noil and soy fiber. I then added wisps of  black merino pencil roving and some preyarn in green.

Here’s the piece after felting but before I dyed it the deep red color.

Here’s the front of the jacket. I sewed the seams before I dyed the jacket. I used acid dyes so the Tencel, Seacell and soy fiber didn’t take the dyes giving a beautiful contrast of fibers.

You can see how the plant-based fibers stayed closer to white and give a nice contrast from the deep red and black. The green preyarn is now a deep brown.

Here’s a closer view. I really like how this jacket turned out and hopefully, I’ll get some photos of Paula’s jacket today to show you later. Hers is completely different from mine as she used already dyed wool and silk fabric to start the project. We wanted to show the students different options and ways to do different designs. I’m planning on making more of these in the future as it is a simple way to make a jacket.

I got a photo of Paula’s jacket to show you. She hasn’t sewn the seams yet but isn’t it cool?

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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18 Responses to Developing a Sample for a Nuno Felting Class

  1. Lyn says:

    That’s a beautiful jacket and I love the way the dye has made things very interesting.

    Good luck with the class – I’m sure it’ll be very popular.

  2. Ruth!!! this jacket is stunning!! I love how you did this and would love to take this class with you to learn another artists methods for NUNO felting!! I have just created a class for a nuno felted collage scarf. I use pieces of silk gauze and then “stitch” it all together with the wool and silk fibers. this is a stunning piece and I love the fact that you dyed it following the construction. I can’t wait to see Paula’s sample!!!

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Elizabeth. I’m sure you already know what I’m going to be teaching in this class but it is fun to see other felt makers methods, isn’t it? I really appreciate your kind comment.

  3. would love to know more about your new wonderful process, care to share a little more?

    • ruthlane says:

      Hi Elynn. Thanks for the comment but I really can’t give away class information. It wouldn’t be fair to the students taking the course. Look around your area locally to see if felting classes are available or if you are anywhere close to Montana, you are welcome to join the class.

  4. shepherdessann says:

    Its great Ruth and the dying turng out wonderfull. It riminded me of a little jacket I made for one of my daughters dolls years ago I put á picture on flikr and on forum for you to see.

  5. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Ann! That is the exact same type of jacket just much smaller 🙂

  6. koffipot says:

    I find this really interesting Ruth, as a nuno jacket is on my list of “To Do’s”. I can’t decide whether to use a resist or make yardage, which means wastage! I’ve made gilets, (vests to those across the pond!) but I’m a bit nervous about deciding which way to go. I only want a light summer jacket and this looks ideal, so I’ll be looking for your next posts for further inspiration.

    Having said that I want a light summer jacket, winter has re-appeared here, perhaps I’ll need a very much heavier version!!!!!

    • ruthlane says:

      This is perfect for you then because you don’t waste any yardage at all. You just fold up the ends and sew to make the shoulder seams. Look at Ann’s little jacket she made for the doll and I think you’ll be able to figure it out. It’s much easier than using a resist.

  7. zedster66 says:

    They both look really great, Ruth 🙂
    I like the way the Tencel, Seacell and Soybean fibres come through to the surface for extra effect. I like the colours Paula used. I’ve been Nuno-ing this week too 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    Thats a beautiful jacket Ruth, i love the colors of both , i can see you’ll have a really fun class 🙂

  9. I remember making a few cocoon jackets some years ago with my hand woven fabric. I guess it would be worth revisiting the subject, but this time with nuno felting! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. kwinter12 says:

    This is gorgeous! I’m very nervous about making large nuno-felted items owing to my very rudimentary sewing skills, but I’m tempted to give this one a go. Also very interesting to see the effects of the dye on different fibres – what a difference a dye makes. 😉

    • ruthlane says:

      You can make seamless garments but it takes a lot of space and effort. This is easy as it just has two straight seams so rudimentary skills should still be OK.

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