Friday, October 11, 2013

a nuno scarf for Molly

Yesterday my friend Molly had a crash course in nuno felting and natural dyeing.
She came over with that Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte in her hand and an eagerness to learn, and though I thought the PSL was only so-so, I think her scarf turned out wonderfully.

Wanting to make a shade of grey, we looked for tannin-rich materials that we could afterdip with iron.  A walk in the woods yielded oak leaves, acorns, twigs, barks, and a smattering of different leaves that went in the dye pot to simmer.  We dyed her scarf at the pre-felt stage, that is the fibers started to hold together but weren't completely felted yet.  That allowed her to add a few little undyed locks and some lines of fiber I had previously dyed before finishing the felting process.  The leaf-like shapes were small pieces of silk that had been felted in.  I love how they took up a different color than the scarf itself.

And I especially love how happy she was with the end result.

Didn't she do a great job?


Terriea Kwong said...

Great job and sweet Molly ! Pretty tone goes well in winter.

Elizabeth's quarters said...

It looks fantastic–can see why she's so delighted! On a separate note, you've inspired me to have a go at felting stones (I usually just make penny mats from felt). Unfortunately mine look more like eyeballs than the lovely organic looking stones you make.

Karen Larko said...

You're a good teacher Lisa! The scarf looks beautiful.

Cynthia Nicole said...

wow \ gorgeous
the process sounds delightful, too

Margie Oomen said...

one day i hope we can felt together lisa xo


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