I hadn’t used Nylon fibres in felting until I bought a few different types earlier last year. Recently, I’ve been playing around with them again. Nylon was developed as an alternative to silk and can be dyed with acid dyes the same way as wool or silk, so when I dyed some silk throwster’s waste recently, I also dyed some nylon. I’d only dyed the nylon in red, yellow and blue, so I stuck to using just red, yellow and blue merino aswell.
I layed out a couple of layers of the merino, then I blended different amounts of the nylon and merino colours to give more shades. It felt very fluffy to lay out, and I expected it to be spongy like the plastic fibre or at least be thick, but it wasn’t, and it felted really nicely, and feels very soft. There’s a shininess and ‘synthetic’ look to it if you tilt it in the light, it’s not obvious enough in this piece for the camera to pick it up though. It’s a nice fibre to work with, and the crimped parts can be used to good effect.
Here are some photos of the finished felted piece, and the lay out before felting. If you use nylon fibres in any kind of fibre arts/crafts, I’d love to see the results 🙂
Hi, I’m Zed and I live in North West England, in the UK
I’ve been felting for about 3 years and love trying out different fibres and incorporating them into felt to achieve unique effects. I also love trying out different wool breeds and other animal fibres to create texture and add interest to felt.
Felting 3, 2, 1
Q-3 Three types of fibre you can’t live without!
The two fibres I use the most are Merino wool and silk, so I’d have to include them. I don’t know which to choose for the third, I have a different favourite each week, this week it’s nylon 🙂
Q-2 Two tools you use all the time!
This is a hard one too. I think I’d find it very hard to make felt the way I like to without netting, my rubber mat and wooden dowel.
Q-1 One fibre art technique you love the most!
Definitely wet felting, it still fascinates me that I can add some soapy water and some agitation to a pile of fluffy fibres and have a unique piece of strong fabric half an hour later.
I’m really looking forward to working with Karen, Ruth and Ann and sharing our love and knowledge of felting with lots of friends across the world 🙂