Every quarter on the forum we do a challenge. http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/thread/622/second-quarter-challenge I thought I better get on with it myself before the challenge runs out. I challenged people to try nuno felting or to try it on something they hadn’t before. I decided to try some fabrics that I wasn’t sure would work, to see what would happen. There are lots of pictures. I did shrink them so I hope they don’t overwhelm anyone’s computer connection.
For all the pieces I used merino wool in a contrasting colour so I could see how the wool migrated better.
The first is a polyester knit that is like t-shirt material. It feels a lot like cotton.
this is what it finished like. It worked really well. I think because it is a soft knit the fabric fibers could easily move out of the way letting the wool through.
This one is from a poly knit dress more like the polyester we used to wear in the 70’s.
It worked fairly well but it is heavier material and the wool didn’t come through as much.
These next two are different sides of the same silk fabric cut from a woven silk jacket. it was a pretty little jacket but small and out of date. The texture of the fabric is great, quite 3 dimensional. This is the right side.
I think it worked really well.
This is the wrong side.
It didn’t felt as well, I do not know why the fiber would not travel through fabric as well in this direction but as you can see not nearly as much wool migrated to the top.
Lastly is a mystery fabric. it is cut from a blouse. Both sewn into the seam together. one said 100% silk and the other said 100% polyester.
It did work very well but you can’t see its shine much at all. You do see it more in person.
There is still time to join in the challenge. Try something new or show us something old you tried that worked or didn’t. I think the failures or things that went sideways are sometimes the most interesting.