My First Proper Nuno Felted Scarf

Well, last week was spent watching Russian felting videos and practicing making fine felt with a focus on straight edges.  I am particularly fond of the work of Oksana Tkachenko and Natalia Kondrashova.  I call them the dynamic duo.  They work so well together.  Although some of the translation can be a bit confusing, I can see no reason why anyone would not be able to follow them.  If I can do it, anyone can.  The last few makes have been working on a triangle.  A triangle is a great shape for a scarf or neck warmer.  It is also a great shape to practice on.  If you find that your piece is too large, you can always cut it in half to make two smaller scarves like I did with this one below.

Downloads-031This piece wasn’t working for me as a shawl and is not as fine as my recent makes.   However, it is great as a smaller piece.  I would wear these all day now.  I made this in 2019.  A lot of makes have happened since then!

I have always wanted to get into nuno felting properly.  I have some lovely silk and silk scarf blanks that I have purchased just for this thing, but I have been a bit scared of using it!  I have dabbled with nuno felted bits.  It is a no brainer to cut up a scarf from the charity shop that cost only £2.  It is something else to make a big nuno felted item from new silk that cost a lot more.  I want to make infinity scarves one day. I will also need to spend a day dyeing silk and other silk items.

I buy my silk from two places in the UK at the moment that were recommended to me.  I buy from Rainbow Silks and The Silk Route.  I am open to other recommendations.  I purchased two rolls of silk roly-poly from The Silk Route awhile ago.  To be honest, I wasn’t too enamoured with the colors I got.  I spent one day going through them and the rest of my fabric stash and sorted them out by color.  I ended up with a fair amount of bland beige colors from the roly-poly.  Although I used to wear a fair amount of brown in the 70’s, I own very little of it now, if any.  I then watched a video tutorial of nuno felting stripes.  That is when I had my aha! moment.  So, I got out all of my brown and beige silk and fabric and this is what I have. 

IMG_0363Not all of this is silk.  The animal print was a silk scarf I picked up for £1, the stripes with gold is viscose, as is the flower printed fabric.  The skinny strips are roly-poly.  I didn’t take any process photos as I made it just like in the video.  I did try to add some sari silk yarn, but that didn’t really take, so I pulled it off.  I did, however, add some glitzy roving from World of Wool in-between the stripes.  You need to view it close up to see.

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I chose a burgundy color roving and viscose for the back of the scarf.  I thought the brighter color would lift the beige, which it seemed to do.  In the tutorial, the ladies use shades of green fabric with brown wool and viscose.  The bright green in the fabric lifts the wool color.  I did the opposite.

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I followed the tutorial as best as I could.  Firstly, I did not make a small sample as recommended.  I know that silk and viscose will felt and I have been watching other videos that talk about felting with synthetics, so I was confident it would all felt.   I also added a loop on one end.  This way I didn’t need to make a brooch.  You can use the loop or not, or add a brooch, or just tie it as the scarf is thin enough.  I also did not use the sander directly onto the wet layout.  I use a thin sheet of painter’s plastic on top and I still wear plastic gloves.  Better safe than sorry.  I know they have their holes plugged up on the sander, but no! There is also no rolling on this piece.  In fact, the last two scarves did not require rolling either.  There is a lot of rubbing though, even more so than on the previous two also.  I gave my piece a rinse and a rest overnight to see if it needed more felting.  I wasn’t getting the shrinkage as the ladies were.  Sometimes letting a piece rest overnight helps it shrink more quickly the next day, so they say!  In any event, I could see spots that needed more rubbing and where I needed to work on the edges.  Some of the gold threads started to migrate into the back, but they were easily cut off.  I felted the piece as much as I could without the wool migrating too much through the back.  All the fabric was secure so I called it done.  My shrinkage was about 30% overall.  I rinsed and rolled in a towel.  I straightened out the edges while damp.  When the piece was dry the next day, I decided not to iron the piece.  It can always be done another time.  The viscose side is really shiny and I love the burgundy!  You could even wear it with brown!

2 thoughts on “My First Proper Nuno Felted Scarf

    1. Thank you! I love the translation feature that is available on youtube. However, I have been watching some that don’t have it, but the demos are so good you don’t always need it. 🙂

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