Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
What I see in my head is a light weight collar and area to cover the ...uhm, chest area, with silk chiffon ruffled fabric hanging from the bottom of the nuno bodice to waist . What I need to work out is. how long does the felted part need to be so that your "naught bits" are covered . Since I intended this to be a spring top, I don't want the felt to be to thick....(which it is here, due to one to many layers of merino/tencel . ) Ideally, the chiffon, silk mesh or cotton mesh would start right beneath the collar area to form a nuno bodice ....so very little fiber would need to be added to make the fabric not transparent . Make sense ? However, I didn't have the chiffon yet, so I decided to make a solid fabric and do a bit of cutting and sewing experiments before I began the nuno felting with "take 3" once the fabric arrives .
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
There's a story...(there's always a story.) For years I would haunt thrift stores and buy every piece of silk clothing I could find....I loved silk though I seldom wear anything but cotton . So, I had bags of silk clothing that I was planning on sewing into a .....something someday...except I hate to sew....ooops. So, when I learned about nuno felting, I was psyched...... a way to finally use my silk . Except that it is all so tightly woven that I couldn't get wool to migrate through it...(which is why I now only use chiffon or mesh silks .) I know other felters seem able to felt with denser silk but I never could get it to felt securely . After a year and a half of tripping over my silk bags, I have finally found a way to nuno felt with it.....spoiler alert....(.it takes a bit of time and silk abuse).
If you learn like me...visually, then none of that probably made sense and you will have to wait until I can get pictures of the process which I will do if I remember to bring my camera tomorrow .
Monday, February 7, 2011
My only experience making fake fur bears was in Highschool....where we cut shapes out of the fake fur and sewed them together....what a lot of work ,lol. I do plan on doing that, at some point but I just wanted to see what felting into fake fur felt like....(or felted like ). It works great, though there certianly is a learning curve and my critter here is a bit lopsided as I just sort of made up a design as I went .
Anywhoooo,expect more of these guys....(I bought several yards of fake fur a year ago and am determined to use it. ) I will share tutorials as I get things figured out .