Small Nuno Pieces

Small Nuno Pieces

I thought some of the recent scarves I’ve bought might make nice panels for the front of bags. I usually do a few samples when I get new fabrics, see how they felt at various sizes with different thicknesses of wool. This first piece attached ‘better’ at this size than it had when I tried a narrower strip. I think it’s viscose:

It has a nice texture:

These next 4 pieces are all silk. I wasn’t sure which colour of Merino to use with this, it was a toss up between ‘Mink’ and ‘Catkin’–a pale yellow. On its own it looks beige, so I chose ‘Mink’ , but now it looks more cream in colour so I might try a sample with the pale yellow 🙂

This was a difficult one to colour match too. I wasn’t sure whether to go for green or pinky purple. I decided on green, I didn’t have quite the right shade, but got as close as possible:

I used another piece from the same scarf, it might have been a panel from the bottom of the previous sample, this part definitely seemed like it’d be better with a pinky/purple shade. I chose the closest light purple I had, ‘Orchid’ I think, and used a bright pink underneath:

It’s funny how something looks a certain colour until you match it with something, then you see different colours more. This looked very pink, so I used a Salmon base, after felting, the beige seems very similar to the first piece and the lilac/pink/purples look similar to the previous piece. Maybe they’d work together in strips?

This is one of my favourite pieces. I think the scarf I tore it from is Polyester. This attached better than a narrower sample I tried too, it turned out much better than I thought. I tried to match the colours of Merino to the colours of the stripes on the scarf so they werent dulled by migration:

It has a really nice texture too:

Have you bought or tried out any new fabrics lately?

16 thoughts on “Small Nuno Pieces

  1. It’s interesting how we have the ame problems, I have a lot of scarves in my box and have problems which colour to chose as a base, especially with Indian silk scarves which have a lot of patterns in different colours. So there is no other way but making samples first to see what looks better. With polyesters it’s always a different story. Some materials attach really well and some don’t and give a completely different texture.
    All your samples are nice in their own way but my favourite is the one at the bottom.

    1. Thanks, Nada 🙂
      Things I’ve found with using synthetics like polyester are, they generally attach more if less wool is used and they are fulled more, or it’s better to have a good border of wool around them so they aren’t close to the edge. I don’t often use a bigger piece like the orange one though, because of unpredictability!

    1. Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      Definitely, one of my really texturey samples had great effects on the fabric, but the wool migration made some pieces look ‘dirty’ like they’d been under a dusty bed!

  2. Lovely pieces Zed. Very clever to match the merino to the scarf strip colours on the last piece, very nice.

    1. Thanks, Tracey 🙂
      It certainly justified buying lots of Merino shades!

  3. Great samples, it was a good idea to try different bases. I especially like the one you varied the base with the colors of the scarf. They will make good facing for the bags.

    1. Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I’ll have to buy new fabrics for the back to match though now!

  4. It is interesting to see what happens. I saw i picture of Valusha, see, or on fb at the group of Wet Felting, she weaved with different textile and wool to see what happens after felting, also a nice result and very wonderful.

    1. Yeah, I tell people at the wet felting group I go to that if a fabric doesn’t attach well or even at all, it is good for nuno weaving for different effects 🙂

  5. Great pieces Zed. You did a great job matching. lately I have been trying not to match but contrast or compliment. I have a tendency to go through shades of the same colour and need to think about it to do it.

    1. Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I noticed that I stick to certain colours for a while too. And though matching can look good, sometimes it’s nice to just use all the colours!

  6. These are great. It’s interesting how the fabric looks completely different on different colors of wool. Great textures too!

    1. Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      Yeah, I know those two pieces weren’t exactly the same or have equal amounts of the colours, but it really is amazing how different they look!

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