Nuno Felted Neck Cowl

I made a neck cowl last Friday.  Although it took me all afternoon to make it, I did take a lot of breaks while doing other things, it should only take a few hours at the most! I followed (more or less) a tutorial by Living Felt on YouTube.  There is a lot of rolling with nuno felting and it is also better to use tepid or cool soapy water so that the fiber doesn’t felt before it gets a chance to migrate through the fabric.  The tutorial is for wet felting a neck warmer/head band.  I have plenty of neck buffs I purchased at Millets as they are great for keeping your neck warm or keeping the hair out of your face.  You can also turn them into hats.  I have been making neck warmers lately, so I thought I would make one of them instead.

Downloads2.jpgI thought I would start showing you the materials I use for my projects.  Here I have an old, but lovely tattered silk scarf that I bought in Paris many years ago. I used to wear this scarf often, but I haven’t worn it for years as my colors have changed. I also have merino wool in various shades of coral, pink, wine, sari silk fibers, red viscose, and pink locks.  The cowl is made on a resist.  The wool is laid out in a herringbone layout.  I laid out the colors in random patches and then added some more silk and the sari silk, viscose and locks as embellishment as that is what I had.  It was my first time using viscose.  It does crazy things like the sari silk and has a lovely sheen to it.  It is also a lot cheaper than sari silk!   After laying out the wool and wetting everything out, instead of rolling a million times, I used the sander.  I sanded on each side.  I could see and feel that the wool had migrated through the silk.  I then rolled about 30x on all 4 sides.  The piece was shrinking, so I took it off of the resist and rolled some more.  Although you can shrink a piece with only cold water, it will shrink more if it is warm, or hot, so I heated it up.  I am happy with the length, but I will most likely have another go at getting the width down.  In any event, I now have a lovely neck cowl that I will most likely wear more often as the colors go with a lot of my clothes. I am not really a scarf person, so this length is perfect for me.  It is super light weight and reversible!

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You can see how the wool colors changed the silk scarf.  The scarf is more pink now.  I wore it over the weekend and it was really warm.  I think I will be making some more of these in the future to add to my Etsy shop or give as presents, but this one is a keeper!