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Fauvism Update and New Nuno

Fauvism Update and New Nuno

Here’s a photo of the dried piece I showed last time which I made for the Fauvism Challenge:

It has much more life now it’s dry, but is still lacking detail. I ordered a darning foot for my machine so I can try and add some more detail after I’ve practised a bit!

I wanted to make some felt pieces inspired by the nuno samples I made not so long ago, using small amounts of wool and lots of fulling. I thought the technique would make perfect felt pieces for something like money purses which are handled a lot. I thought I’d stick to single colours because of the wool migration, and started with green, simply because the last thing I made was green, and my netting hadn’t been put away! I laid out some strips of fabric, then added 6 very fine layers of 23 mic Merino in various shades of green. This is the finished piece:

Here’s an angled pic to show all the texture of the ripples:

A lot of these pieces are synthetic, this is one pieces which doesn’t attach very well when I use thicker layers/larger amounts of wool, and even up until fulling has quite loose edges:

This is a piece of viscose scarf:

This is a piece from an old headscarf I was given, I thought it was synthetic, but I might test to see if it’s silk:

Even though it didn’t ripple loads like the others, I liked the result, so much so that I changed another piece I’d laid out, and added strips of that green fabric and some cotton gauze to the top! This is how the back of the piece looks:

Organza and Soap

Organza and Soap

I have a ‘thing’ for organza. I know, I have a ‘thing’ for all fabrics, but there’s something about organza I just can’t resist. Maybe it’s the two-tone colours of some, and also how they can be very different to each other while being similar. So, I thought I’d make a very textured nuno with various organzas. Like the other pieces I’ve made recently, I used 4 very fine layers of Merino. This is the whole piece:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking at the back, you can see how textured this is too:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking on an angle shows the many different textures:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s interesting how differently the various types rippled, probably due to how much Merino and how it was laid as well as the different finishes of the fabrics. The yellow piece, folded in columns:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Purple on the right edge (and the red/yellow next to it) had more of a scrunched texture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn this photo you can see the migration, and the way these organzas had a crumpled texture:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made some felted soaps last week. They’re not perfect, but I’m getting better at it! I find natural wools on handmade soap works better for me, but people do love the bright, colourful ones!

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More Textured Nuno

More Textured Nuno

I enjoyed making the Nuno piece with lots of different fabrics and very fine layers of Merino, so I thought I’d make a much larger one. I almost completely forgot, but I took photos while I was making it. They’re really not good, but it shows how much the piece was fulled. This was the size of the piece when it was felted:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was how much it shrunk after I fulled it well on the bubblewrap:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is how much it shrank after fulling on my bead board:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how the finished piece looked when it was dry:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI tried fabric pieces I’d used before, both which I knew felted well, and some which I knew didn’t attach well or stayed loose on the edges (a lot of synthetics tend to roll at the edges when torn). I also used pieces I hadn’t tried before. I’m not completely sure what some of them are after felting! This is a closer look at the left side, on an angle:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the right side:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think this was a piece from another charity shop dress, it was really softly rippled and pillowy:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a scarf from a charity shop scarf I love using. You’ve seen it lots of times, it was goldeny pink open weave, some parts were doubled and some had starnds of golden fibre loose between the layers:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is one of the synthetics which rolls on the edges (I probaly should have put it in the middle). The outside edge is very loose, but the inside edge was firmly attached:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking along the surface, you can see better how high some of the ruffles are:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat photo also shows how much migration there was. It’s more apparent depending on the angle you look at it. This shows really clearly just how much there was:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking slightly higher you can see more texture on the fabric:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverall, I liked the piece, especially the texture, though I did think using just one colour of wool along with the migration dulled it quite a lot, and looking at it on an angle, it does look like it’s been under a dusty bed for a few years! Taking those things into consideration, I tried a piece using just white/natural coloured fabrics, and natural white Merino. I really loved how this turned out, this is from above on a slight angle:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd at a sharper angle:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe textures are great and look even better in real life 🙂

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