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Holiday Card Exchange

Holiday Card Exchange

We are in the midst of our Holiday Card Exchange over on the forum. We’ve picked our partners and now I have to buckle down and get the card done. Tracey is my partner and I already warned her that I was posting this. I won’t show the finished card until after she gets it but I thought I would show part of the process. I decided to continue to try to use things I already have partially made around the studio. So I am using samples from my Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination online class.

I decided I would create three cards. Then if one doesn’t turn out, I don’t have to start over again. I have two other choices. This is the first layout. One of my paper fabric laminated samples over blue prefelt.

The second layout is a little hard to see. It is a white merino batt with the paper fabric lamination on top. I think this was from a print of some prior artwork of mine.

The last one is what I might call a fail on the paper fabric lamination front. It is silk chiffon but if I remember correctly the paper was dyed but I didn’t realize it hadn’t been set. So the dye ran everywhere in the midst of the lamination process. But this one might be interesting once it is felted and further embellishment is added.

Here are the three samples after being wet down and rubbed a bit.

And here they are after felting. I didn’t full these much at all as I didn’t want too much shrinkage. Now they need further embellishment. It might be machine stitch or hand stitch and I might even add some beading. Or I could go wild and add paint on top like I recently did with my bark sample. So many possibilities…

Which is your favorite? How would you finish them?

Nuno Felted Bark Sample Part Two

Nuno Felted Bark Sample Part Two

Last week I showed you a paper fabric laminated nuno felt bark sample.

It looked like this before stitching and painting.

I added some seed stitch, stem stitch and french knots. I used a hand dyed variegated wool thread.

I then started painting with a variety of acrylic paint colors. I mixed the neutrals from mostly red and green. In the close up photo, you can see the red and green a little better. I let that layer of paint dry and then decided I still needed a bit more of the darkest values to give it a bit more contrast.

Looking at the photo now, I might add even a bit more of the really dark. I also think I will crop it in a little closer to have less of the left edge. What do you think? Does it look like bark? The inspiration for this type of bark is Ponderosa Pine.


Nuno Felted Bark Sample

Nuno Felted Bark Sample

Our fiber art group met last week and we were working on paper fabric lamination. I forgot to take any photos while the group was there but can show you my samples. I have been making bark samples for my Level 3 Art and Design class so I decided I would try using paper fabric lamination for a different type of bark sample.

This one is made with 5 mm silk that was dyed with natural dyes and then laminated to a photo of bark. I decided not to do the usual process of removing a portion of the paper but just left it after the first step.

On this sample, I used the same silk and a different bark photo. Once that was laminated by screening with a bark silk screen, I completed the paper fabric lamination by removing the paper that was not adhered to the silk. Then I decided I wanted to see what would happen if I used matte medium to glue the paper fabric lamination to a background piece of paper. I chose a painted black piece because it gave the most contrast. I like the texture and look of this. Do you think it resembles bark?

The next paper fabric lamination sample I decided to use in a nuno felted piece. I placed the silk (with laminated paper) on to a piece of commercial prefelt and added bits of prefelt on top in “bark” shapes. I also added other bark shapes from a felt scrap underneath the silk. You can see one of those shapes on the left side of the photo.

Or you can peak underneath to see one under the silk.

I then wet it down and felted it. I don’t do any rolling, just mainly rubbing to felt.

Here it is after getting it nearly felted. I didn’t full it much as it doesn’t need to be hard and I didn’t want a lot of shrinkage.

Here it is after it was dry. I’m not sure if you can tell but it does have layers and texture like bark would.

The next step is to add hand stitching. I left the prefelt white because I am going to add acrylic paint over the surface of this piece after I have stitched it. I want to experiment and see what the acrylic paint and mediums look like over felt. I hope that the stitching will give the painted surface more interesting texture. Hopefully, I will have the results ready for my next post.

If you’re interested in learning about nuno felting with paper fabric lamination, I will be teaching this course again in early 2018. If you’d like to take the class, just send me a note with the class name on our contact us page and I will add you to the email notification list for the upcoming class.

Nuno Felting with Fabric Paper Lamination

Nuno Felting with Fabric Paper Lamination

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about doing fabric paper lamination with my local surface design group. I used three of the pieces that I made to nuno felt the fabric paper on to wool. The process worked just like any other nuno felting. The important part is that there is plenty of organza around the image that has been laminated. The images themselves block the wool migration so you need to make sure that there is enough surrounding fabric for the wool to adhere around the image.

NewspaperI laid out the wool and then added the image on top. On two of the pieces, I added wisps of wool around the edges. This is the ink blot newspaper image on black short fiber merino.

PhotoHere’s the bear photo laid out on white merino. I thought I might make this into a book or photo album cover so I made it double the size of the photo.

FossilsAnd here’s the last one of fossils laid out on natural dyed wool (I think it is walnut but could be barberry.) I then felted as usual.

Newspaper FeltedHere is the result on the newspaper image.

Texture of NewspaperFrom this angle you can see the texture.

Photo Felted

Here’s the bear. The problem with the photo is that it is such a big section that doesn’t felt, just the edges are adhered. But it has possibilities, don’t you think?

Fossils Felted

This is the fossils after felting. I love the texture created with the organza, so organic.

Close Up of FossilsHere’s a little closer look. There was no real change in the fabric paper lamination part with the nuno felting.

Free Motion Machine StitchedI decided to add stitch to the fossils. I free motion machine stitched around the edge of the fossils with a dark, burnt orange thread.

Close Up of Stitched TextureThe fossils are now much more prominent with the stitching added.

Front of Phone SleeveI then made the fossil piece into a phone case. I obviously didn’t plan this in advance as the pattern isn’t well centered but I think I will add a button and loop at the top to keep the phone from sliding out. Anyone who knows me well will laugh at the idea of me making a phone case. I just got this new smart phone because hubby got a new one and could get a second phone for $10. I never use my cell phone. At least this one I have been leaving it on but since I don’t give out the number, no one ever calls. But now it will be safe in my bag 🙂

Back of Phone SleeveHere’s the back of the case. The sides of the felt were a bit wonky thus the wonky seam.

Stitch Closer ViewAnd one last close up. I really like how this technique worked and I think I will be doing some more of these. A couple of other people tried out the technique as well. Take a look at Teri Berry’s post and Kim Winter’s post where they tried out my idea for combining fabric paper lamination with nuno felting.