Monday, August 31, 2009

On Nuno Felting & Wool

Going back to school always brings about changes, new routines, and sometimes challenges as I try to "accomplish everything" possible from the time I get up 'till late into the evening.
But one thing I have promised myself is to appreciate my animals, particularly my sheep, for what they give me, not just in the love and peacefulness I find when I take those precious moments to just sit with them or watch them in the pasture but the role that they play in the "natural" world. I am sure it would be nice to have ribbons to glorify them but isn't having a product made by oneself from their fiber just as glorifying?

This past Saturday I took another fiber class. This class was in how to create a felted silk scarf. The process is called "nuno felting". In a brief description, it is laying loose and fine merino and alpaca (top-combed; other top combed can be used if desired) on silk in a pattern inspired by oneself. Then it is wet felted and hand rolled. The process takes about 3 hours, 2 hrs for more experienced felters. Mine took 3 hours:) The scarf pictured above is my first attempt at "nuno felting". This coming Saturday I am taking another class on wet felting but it will be making a wool scarf from roving.
It is all a learning process but its so nice to have found a fiber artist locally who is guiding and teaching me something as wonderful as felting. And I am meeting new people with all sorts of fun fiber animals........perhaps I should check out a merino lamb for next spring:)

Of course, I love picking through all the lambs fleeces when I sit with them. Honestly, the black lambs are like debris magnets but this little black ram lamb has a nice little crimp in his wool.........

............and a pretty cute face with little scurs to go along with it.

The air this past weekend was quite autumn like; same for the rest of the week. Tonight it should be around 41 degrees as there is an almost perfect full moon and a crystal clear night sky.
This is the time of year when my Black Cotswolds start growing locks that will hide their beautiful eyes. Pictured above is Bennington, a year old wether. He is going to have a beautiful fleece come spring!! Now wouldn't a wool felted scarf made from his locks be just wonderful on a snowy winter day?





12 comments:

thecrazysheeplady said...

Beautiful job!

Tracey said...

How awesome! It must be incredibly rewarding to have made something from your sheeps wool!
Hope you are doing well :)
Tracey

Christine said...

Oh he would be gorgeous to wear! I'd never heard of Nuno felting. Interesting!

Kara said...

Beautiful scarf! I agree learning to do something with your own animals' fiber is a great feeling and gives you a larger sense of purpose. I HAVE to learn to felt. I have do love spinning and knitting, but I really am anxious to learn more fiber arts. Now you have inspired me...I will have to look into if classes are offered locally.

Susan said...

That scarf it just gorgeous, even better biggified.

Tammy said...

Very beautiful scarf, amazing on your first try too! I love the wet felting, and would love to have someone teach me the finer points. I know how you feel, about being overwhelmed at times, with the job and all the farm stuff too. I feel the same way from time to time and if I think about it, I feel like I'm going to have a panic attack! So I try to just do, and not dwell on it.
Tammy

Mim said...

Beautiful felting! Isn't it fun.

Juliann said...

Kristi that is such a beautiful scarf. Someday I will make something from my own fiber, too.
I'm thinking of getting one of those crazy crafter knitting thingies. I can't remember the name of it, looks like a circle with pegs. They sell them at craft stores. My girlfriend made a gorgeous shawl with it, you wouldn't know that she had "cheated".

Nancy K. said...

Your scarf is EXQUISITE!!!

That fuzzy, Cotswold face is too cute to be legal!

Christy said...

I would like to find someone local who is experienced with fiber. I'll have to put it on the to do list.

ae1501 said...

Kristi, that scarf is awesome!

kristi said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by!! Your words are very much appreicated!! This Saturday I will have to show you the wool felted scarf I will be making at class!! Hope everyone has a great week:)