Following on from yesterday, I promised to show you my latest bargain felting tool.. it may not be pretty, but my goodness does it do the job?!
I have an Ashford wooden washerboard, which I rarely use (the woodgrain swole up on its first use making it far to rough to use without covering it in thick plastic first - a real pain). Glass washerboards cost about £30, so this alternative is a real bargain. The ridged part is at just the right angle, and the paint trough is perfect for dipping the felt in while you work - its a washerboard & mini sink all in one :).
I did find a few snaggy bits around the edge which I flattened by heating them briefly with a lighter flame and pressing flat with the back of a teaspoon.
Back to the nuno scarf..
Once the fibres had migrated through the silk well I added heat, rolled it by hand for a while, then tossed it to get the lovely nuno texturing of the silk chiffon.
|Stood on a towel it doesnt slide around while you rub.|
I personally prefer it to a washerboard!
Once I was happy with the texture I ran it over my ridged roller-tray to really tighten up the felt.
|All finished. |
When first laid out this measured 7feet x 45cm.. finished it measures 4.5feet x 20cm
This still took quite a few hours to make with the time spent laying out & finishing by hand (not counting drier time) using the tumble drier to replace most of the rolling made it physically a much easier job. I dont plan to do any more nuno scarves in silk chiffon using this method..simply because I find that wool fibres travel through silk chiffon easily with the normal rolling method, and I like to use as little electricity as possible.
BUT... my second experiment was with synthetic organza which takes forever for the fibres to catch hold of with the traditional rolling. I have to say I was very suprised & thrilled to bits with this experiment; using the tumble drier the fibres worked through synthetic organza faster than they did the silk chiffon!
When it came out of the tumbler I treated my sample piece the same as the scarf above, heat + tossing then rubbing on ridged roller-tray. I was left with a very pretty & sturdy piece of nuno.. that I just HAD to make something from
|So, I machine stitched around the flower petals to define them and |
turned it into a pretty & ethereal clutch bag
I have been BURSTING for weeks and weeks to do some freemotion embroidery onto my felt. Actually, its been on my 'to do' list for about 3 years now..ever since I first saw Helen Melvins (Fiery Felts) landscapes. I would love to go on a workshop with Helen..hopefully one day..
More recently RosiePink's beautiful wallhangings, and the adventures of many blog friends have rekindled the desire. Just over a month ago I managed to find and order a freemotion foot to fit my machine.. it had to come from Texas USA to the UK, and unfortunately it still hasnt found its way here. The seller is lovely though and has just refunded me. I have now found the same foot in the UK and repurchased it (why couldnt I find it a month ago?!).. hope the postman doesnt lose this one. Until it gets here I am making do with my normal open toe foot for my decorative stitching (my machine missed stitches without a foot).
After making this clutch I was left with a decent sized offcut.. so decided to play some more :)
Next time.. my experiments got even BIGGER :)