Nuno Felting

Nuno felting is an effective felt making technique where wool fibres are placed on an open weave fabric and then felted until the wool fibres shrink, making the fabric pucker.

Nuno Felting to Silk Gauze ChiffonThe fabric puckers as the wool fibre shrinks

Merino Wool on Silk Gauze Chiffon

The example above shows undyed Merino wool tops laid perpendicular to each other on Silk Gauze Chiffon. Silk available in white and black. As the fibres are felted, they become attached to the open weave and shrink, causing this interesting effect. The resulting fabric is so attractive that it can be made into clothing or accessories.

Silk and Wool Nuno Felted TogetherThe silk fibre glistens amongst the wool fibre

Merino Wool and Mulberry Silk

Laying the fibres in rows is equally effective, and the example above has been achieved using the Merino Wool / Mulberry Silk Top blend.

Although Nuno felting works best with a wool fibre, blends such as the Merino Wool / Mulberry Silk Top and the Merino Wool / Tussah Silk (pictured below) will still work due to the percentage of wool included in the mix.

Wool and Silk Blend
Blend of 3 colours of Merino Wool fibre and Tussah silk fibre

Nuno Felting with Prefelt Fabric

In the image below, a silk chiffon scarf was folded lengthways and a length of Grey prefelt was placed in the fold to make a “sandwich” and then felted. The prefelt overlapped by about 15cm on both ends and was cut into fringes after felting. The felted scarf was then tie-dyed using a dark blue. Prefelted wool can also be cut or torn into shapes or strips and placed onto or between layers of chiffon fabric.

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