For the last three years my mother and I have taken a felting class from Judtih Colvin. This year we created a Nuno felted scarf and a hat. We like to try what we have learned on our own; yesterday was a felting day in my kitchen. We purchased silk Devore from Thai Silks in Los Altos. The floral design doesn't take the dye and won't felt with wool fibers since it is a rayon. I like to give credit to Judith, as she came up with this design, and I hope you enjoy seeing this magical process.
|Start with one very thin layer, the fiber overlaps the edge only 1/4".|
|The second thin layer in opposing directions.|
You only need two thin layers of fine merino wool.
|Place netting over the area and wet down with cool water and roll up as you move along the length of the piece.|
|Once piece is completely layered with fiber, start the fulling process. This is the labor intensive part, which can take hours. Using hot water, and soap, you basically "man handle" the piece once you can see the fiber coming through the silk.|
|Here is our work space, in my breakfast knock. Risers under my table are a must.|
|Once you are happy with the size of your piece, you are ready to dye.|
Here are the dye pots on my kitchen stove.
|Chartreuse in the pot.|
|My kitchen, towels on the floor, so we won't get dye on them.|
|Mom's Twilight Grey Scarf|
|Scarf is still wet|
|Dried and ironed|
Thank you Judith for teaching us. We throughly enjoy this process and are so thankful for you and your sheep. For those that want to try this, you can purchase fiber from Judith at her website:
If you have the chance to take a class from Judith, I highly recommend it.