Here are a few of my nuno scarves of this year. I am enjoying using various silks: chiffon, gerogette, habotai/china silk and loosely woven cotton (scrim)...and seeing the differences in the way the different fabrics work with the wools and other fibers. As all felters know, there are always surprises!
This photo shows the pink silk gauze and the yellow georgette silk in the early stages, when I'm just experimenting with general placement of colors and fibers before the final placement of fibers and the wetting down and the felting and fulling.
And here's the finished pink one..it shrunk down a bit more than than I intended..be..but I'm happy with the springlike result!
And here's the finished yellow one, which has a lot of silk cap bits and hankie bits in it. The georgette is always a bit more "nubby" not as smooth as other chiffons, but fun to work with.
AH! a large piece of purple and rust and periwinkle variegated silk chiffon was brought to me from Paris by my nearby fiber artist friend. Again, this is an earlier stage of laying it out...a small part of the big blob of shiny orange colored tencel fiber was used.
And here is one view of the finished product in which I used a merino, silk, cashmere blend from a fiber artist in Germany. This view is actually the silk only side that shows some of the ruching/shirring that happens with silks like this when the wools and others fibers are felted in.
This one is felted on cotton scrim (open -weave cotton). I did something different than I usually do with the cotton gauze and that is I designed it to leave a lot of the cotton showing with the flower pattern running through it...but with lots of open cotton area. Usually I work with more of the cotton surface and leave less of the cotton showing; I'm happy with the outcome. In some ways it takes more work to decide where the "empty of wool" places will be.
The finished scarf--one view.
And this organized chaos -a gathering of lots of lovely fibers and fabric bits etc. is going to become lots of flowers in the not too distant future!
Another process blog post in the offing!