Art to Wear
About my Felted Art
Nuno felting: I use silk or a thin see-through natural fiber as a base and felt fine merino wool into the fabric. This is done through laying out the design on bubble wrap, wetting the design with soapy water, rolling it up on a PVC pipe and continuing to roll hundreds of times until the wool comes through the fiber. Next I unroll it and throw the bundle into the sink numerous times to finish it. It is rinsed well and sometimes soaked in a vinegar solution.
My three dimensional work is felted halfway through the process, painted, then I finish felting it. With the open cut work, the holes are cut with a razor blade about halfway through the felting process.
Needle felting: I needle felt heavier fabrics such as denim since these fibers are not appropriate for nuno felting. I felt Merino wool, yarns and some of the silk fibers into my designs. Merino is a soft wool that can be used against the skin. I like the sparkle of adding beads and Angelina fiber. I also love the texture of the waste products such as the curls and the silk rod carriers. I hand dye the rod carriers, and if I use silk, I usually hand paint it. Yarn and other fibers can be added.
Wet felting: My purse and hats are usually done with heavier wool (especially the purses) and wet felted. With wet felting the fiber is laid out on a plastic pattern with slivers of alternating directions of merino wool added in four layers on each side. It is then wet down with soapy water and finished in the same manner as the nuno felting.