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?

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16 Responses to Small Nuno Pieces

  1. Nada Vukadinovic says:

    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.

    • zedster66 says:

      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!

  2. Lyn says:

    The base wool colour is certainly important – it can make or break the nuno piece.
    I love ’em all Zed!

    • zedster66 says:

      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!

  3. Tracey says:

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

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    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.

    • zedster66 says:

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

  5. It is interesting to see what happens. I saw i picture of Valusha, see valushafelt.com, 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.

    • zedster66 says:

      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 🙂

  6. 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.

    • zedster66 says:

      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!

  7. dwrasebon says:

    hi, your nuno pieces are great. i ll try and post some of my latest makes.jx

  8. ruthlane says:

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

    • zedster66 says:

      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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