Fauvism Update and New Nuno

Fauvism Update and New Nuno

Here’s a photo of the dried piece I showed last time which I made for the Fauvism Challenge:

It has much more life now it’s dry, but is still lacking detail. I ordered a darning foot for my machine so I can try and add some more detail after I’ve practised a bit!

I wanted to make some felt pieces inspired by the nuno samples I made not so long ago, using small amounts of wool and lots of fulling. I thought the technique would make perfect felt pieces for something like money purses which are handled a lot. I thought I’d stick to single colours because of the wool migration, and started with green, simply because the last thing I made was green, and my netting hadn’t been put away! I laid out some strips of fabric, then added 6 very fine layers of 23 mic Merino in various shades of green. This is the finished piece:

Here’s an angled pic to show all the texture of the ripples:

A lot of these pieces are synthetic, this is one pieces which doesn’t attach very well when I use thicker layers/larger amounts of wool, and even up until fulling has quite loose edges:

This is a piece of viscose scarf:

This is a piece from an old headscarf I was given, I thought it was synthetic, but I might test to see if it’s silk:

Even though it didn’t ripple loads like the others, I liked the result, so much so that I changed another piece I’d laid out, and added strips of that green fabric and some cotton gauze to the top! This is how the back of the piece looks:

16 thoughts on “Fauvism Update and New Nuno

  1. The fauvist piece looks lovely!
    I like your thinking – going with green because of your net sounds good – it takes ages to de-fluff a piece of net doesn’t it? And there’s always a minute piece that you don’t see … until it sticks into your new piece of felt.
    The nuno is pretty.
    I’ve had pieces of fabric that look and feel very similar, yet one will melt into the felt and the other will be obstinate.

    1. Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      Years ago, Wilkinson’s was selling off plant velcro for something like a penny a roll, so I got a few rolls, and found this is great for de-fluffing nets! I do have a few of a different material which are great and never get fluffed.
      Yeah, the only fabrics which seem ‘consistent’ are chiffon types, whether real silk or synthetic, it can be frustrating trying a piece you think you know will work a certain way and then it doesn’t 🙁

  2. I bought a darning foot not too long after I began FME, I love it, far more control than being foot-less. Is yours open toed Zed? Great piece, I love blues and greens together.

    1. Thanks, Tracey 🙂
      No, mine is a loop, it seemed like the open toed ones weren’t ‘official’ products, and since I have no idea what I’m doing, I thought I’d play safe!

    1. Thanks, Leonor 🙂
      The Fauvism piece isn’t very big, but if the stitching works out, I might look for a frame for it.

  3. Great textures Zed!
    I look forward to seeing the Fauvist piece once you’ve added details.

    1. Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I’ll have to do ‘research’ before I can push myself to do it!

    1. Thanks, Jifke 🙂
      I did a bit more rubbing on the fabric side while I was felting, but when I fulled it on my bead board, I rubbed the wool side on the beads more.

    1. Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      Yep, I have about 3 part made, and I folded the new nuno piece and machined the sides, it wasn’t big enough to add any other sections, so it’ll just be a pouch with a button down flap.

  4. I like your Fauvist piece. And I like the samples too. Its funny how the middle of a scarf will stick and the looser edges will not attach. You would expect it to be the other way round.

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