This nuno felted collage jacket was quite the undertaking but I am pleased with the results. It's reversible and looks great on either side. I dyed all of the wool roving and a lot of the silks used in the project. It's an upcycled garment for sure since it includes fabric from cast away clothing, ties, a vintage obi and recycled sari ribbons.
I covered up the collage with a cloth and then wet down the whole package with cool, soapy water.
I used an electric sander to get the wool to adhere to the silk fabric.
Once the fibers got to the pre felt stage, I took it out side to dry.
I then started the sleeves by cutting two pieces from the black silk chiffon each 36" wide by 18" long. I prefelted the sleeves just like I did the body.
I put the sleeves outside to dry with the body.
Once the pieces were all dry, I sewed the sleeves to the body, wrong sides together. I then stitched the front to the back, wrong sides together. That's all the sewing there is on this project.
I covered up the seams with more wool roving. Wet it out and again used the sander. I put plastic in the sleeves to assure that they did not felt together.
I added a little wabi sabi by placing a piece of red velvet inside the jacket and felting it in.
And now for the fun part - the slamming session to felt and full the piece. Hot water, soap and slam away! I do this in my kitchen sink.
|Finished nuno felted collage jacket|
|Back of the jacket|
|Close up of the pocket and the cording|
|It's reversible too and looks great on either side.|