Silk Nuno Felt Scarves

Silk Nuno Felt Scarves by Minaz Jantz

Nuno felt is a textile combining roving wool and gauze-like silk with the method of rolling and wetting until the wool fibers felt into the silk fabric creating a flexible textile that has a luxurious surface. 

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In the last couple of years, I have been intrigued by the qualities of wool not just for knitting but to take it to the shrinking stages called FELTING. The type of wool used is called roving which is fluffy balls of 100% wool. 

The 'roving' wool is a versatile fiber that is creatively used in various methods and purposes. Wet felted roving wool can be made into useful textiles for warm clothing, and shoes, and was historically invented to make Mongolian fabric for dwellings, etc. 

Roving wool can be useful to decorate surfaces like 'wool paint' with either wet felting or needle felting techniques. I also have enjoyed the process of using roving wool-like clay to be molded into  3D sculptures & vessels. 

Read more about how I have used various felting methods.
Knit fingerless gloves & hat with felting applique.
Felted Chandelier.
Folk Art Pillows
Folk Art Pillows Collection #3

My kitchen counter is perfect size for Nuno felting scarves.

My kitchen counter is a perfect size for Nuno felting scarves.

These two scarves were my first Nuno Felt experience. The Nuno felting technique was invented in 1992 by Polly Stirling from South Wales, Australia. Watch the video below to hear Polly speak of the beginnings of Nuno felting. Nuno is a Japanese word meaning cloth.  The technique uses roving wool, hot and cold water with the method of wet rolling to mesh the wool fibers into the loose weave of silk to combine as one textile. 

I watched a lot of Nuno felting artists before I jumped on board to give this technique a try. Below is a video of Joan Cornell, a felting artist who demonstrates how-to Nuno felt a very large wrap. To make felt is to start much larger than the intended final-sized project.

Blue Wildflowers Silk Nuno scarf by Minaz Jantz

Getting ready I had to clear away my kitchen counter and dig out of the closet some big towels to soak up the excess spillage of water. I can say it was an adventure into the wet woolly abyss! Uncertain what I was doing, the first scarf took me many hours, and didn't finish it until late in the evening.  

Blue Wildflowers felting detail.

I had purchased specialized roving wool that has fine silk fibers embedded into the bundles. It brings exciting texture and shines in the design. I also added into the design some lines of navy blue wool scraps leftover from ripping out a sweater. The squiggly wool reminisces like a rick-rack which adds rhythm to the floral design. 

Blue Wildflowers felting detail stripes.

To ensure the rick-rack-like blue yarn stays stuck on the silk surface, I layered roving wool underneath and layered bits of roving yarn over top to hold the blue yarn in place. Some small blue bits did come off the ruffle edges but that is OK for the design to be random. To get the ruffle edges of the scarf, I laid out roving wool past the silk fabric rubbing with my soapy hands to feel it to itself and to the silk.

Fringe and design detail of Blue Wildflowers silk scarf.

Took me half a day into the late part of the evening with lots of water dripping everywhere, to finally finish my first Nuno Scarf. The next day to finish the scarf I turned on the iron to low to smooth out the design.  Voila, my first Nuno felting is DONE, and onto the next!

Cherry Blossom Silk Nuno Felt Scarf by Minaz Jantz

Looking at the youthful pink silk scarf I thought of springtime in Vancouver BC and the abundance of cherry tree blossoms that I miss out on since moving to Nova Scotia.  I decided that this scarf was going to have the felted design only along the lower edges. 

Cherry Blossom Nuno scarf details.

For the large blossom, I preshaped the petals in my hand and then laid them onto the silk. Also, I wanted to try out some black sari scraps to create detail for the center of the flowers and the leaf-like edging. I just had to add a little bit of embroidery detail to the edge of the blossoms. This was a gift for my sister and time was running out so had to wrap it up with the hope she likes it!

A Nuno Felted gift for my sister!

The Cherry Blossom Nuno felted scarf drapes easily around the neck and can be worn casually with a basic T-shirt or get dressed up with her going to town outfit!

Looking forward to the next Nuno Felting project!

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