Today we have another guest post from Cathy about Nuno Felting. If you’d like to read the previous post and all the comments, please click here.
Recently, I posted for the blog my first experience with nuno-felting, which was not too successful. Many of you replied with terrific advice and tips on nuno-felting. I used those tips, along with Zed’s e-book on Nuno Felt, to make another attempt. I am happy to report success!
I began with a pale green silk gauze scarf, hemmed, measuring 56″ x 20″. This was purchased on Etsy, as was the orange scarf used in my first nuno-felt experience.
This time I covered with a white polyester curtain sheer and began spraying using a Brauser ball and olive oil soap water–COOL this time–I began hand rubbing, spreading the water and continually rubbing GENTLY. I lifted the sheer to make sure fibers were not coming through (but they were!) Repeated process on underside of scarf, replacing bubble wrap with curtain sheer.
I remembered to turn several times, so as to cover all angles. Repeated the process on underside. I forgot to time myself. After sufficient rolling, checking first side … then second side … I now felt ready to try the washer spin method of felting/fulling. So I rolled the package in a wet towel, leaving bubble wrap inside and tied shoelaces around it.
Four minutes in washer spin cycle, then popped the scarf only into a lingerie bag and put in dryer for 4 minutes. Good thing I looked after 4 minutes, because the scarf jumped out of the lingerie bag and was folded in half. I carefully peeled it apart (phew!) and there you go!
There was a little shrinkage (finished scarf measures 49″ x 15″) but I would have liked to see more ruching or ruffling effects. I consider this a success and am ready to try my third scarf, hopefully improving along the way!
Many thanks to all of you who wrote in and provided sound advice to a newbie nuno-felter!