Mystery Fabric Nuno Scarf

We were having a discussion on the forum about nuno felting and how to maintain the length of fabric without too much shrinkage in that direction last week. Then I happened to find a piece of mystery fabric cut in a scarf length in my studio. I can’t remember where I got it but I think one of my fiber friends must have given it to me. It has a loose weave and appears to be a man made fabric and feels fairly soft, kind of like jersey.

Here’s a photo of the scarf and a close up. If you look on the mid to lower right hand side of the right hand photo you can see the weave. (click on photos to enlarge)

The fabric has a fun pattern and I decided to use blue green for the wool color. I wanted to use a minimal amount of wool so the scarf stayed light weight and I wanted to avoid shrinkage of the length of the fabric as it was already fairly short.  I had some blue green short fiber merino in batt form that I decided to use.

I decided to use blue tape to outline the fabric so I would have a pattern for laying out the wool. I could have turned the fabric over and laid out the wool on to the fabric but didn’t feel like turning it over after layout. (Being lazy again)

So I laid out a very thin layer of wool laying the fibers at a right angle to the length of the scarf.  Then I put the fabric back on top of the fiber, wet it down and began rubbing on the fabric side. I usually always recommend doing a sample first to make sure the fiber will migrate through the fabric but since this was such an open weave, I didn’t think it would be an issue. And, luckily, I was correct in that assumption. The fiber migrated very quickly and I ended up just rubbing the scarf with soapy hands, rubbing the scarf with fabric side down on a rubber ridged surface and it held together very quickly. Then I did some fulling holding the scarf in my hands and accordion (sort of) style folding and stretching lengthwise to full.

Here’s the scarf after felting and fulling. As you can see, it shrank more than 50% of it’s width but minimally lengthwise. The scarf is very lightweight and still long enough to wear as a scarf instead of a cowl.

So now I have a new scarf just in time for 6 inches of snow and 1 degree F cold that dropped on us this past weekend.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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16 Responses to Mystery Fabric Nuno Scarf

  1. Karen Lane says:

    That fabric has made a beautiful scarf Ruth. Sounds like it’s perfect timing with that drop in temperature!

  2. Ann says:

    I really like this scarf. Hope it’s as warm as it looks. I like the idea of one layer of fibre “crossways” to reduce the shrinkage in length – must try it on my shorter lengths.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Ann, the layout worked perfectly for shrinking the width without losing much length. I would love to see your results 😊

  3. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    Lovely scarf, Ruth. Colour is very nice indeed. Interesting to see the layout & shrinkage too. It makes me sorry I can’t wear wool as I’d enjoy scarf making!

  4. annielynrosie says:

    It turned out so well ! Very attractive scarf Ruth. The tape outline shows the shrinkage very clearly.

    I love very open weave fabrics for nuno felting – much easier to work with.

  5. That turned out great Ruth. I love seeing how mystery fibres will felt up. it will keep you cozy in the cold weather. I hope I can get my cowl finished before our snow comes and stays.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Ann! It is definitely cozy but still very light weight which I like. I hope you get your cowl finished too. Winter is coming!

  6. Marilyn says:

    Beautiful Ruth! It’s always interesting to see how mystery fabrics felt or not!

  7. Antje says:

    Your mystery fabric scarf turned out well Ruth & definitely gives you an option of 2 looks.
    The shrinkage was considerable at 50%….I would have thought it would be less with short fibres – or have I got that wrong?

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Antje! I think the greater shrinkage was due to laying the fiber in one direction and using less fiber so therefore greater shrinkage – similar to what you would get with cobweb layout. Plus the fabric was very loose weave and soft. I think all those factors contributed to more shrinkage.

    • Antje says:

      Good thinking Batman.

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