Tuesday, June 19, 2012

More Textile Adventures - Nuno Felting the Batiked Fabric

Two weeks ago my friend Antoinette and I got together in her beautiful backyard to batik some silk fabric which we would later nuno felt.  For more information on the batik process click HERE.  Yesterday we got together at my house for the nuno felting portion of our textile adventure.  I had hand dyed some wool roving and other silks to coordinate with the batiks we did.

I started off with a piece of the batiked silk 132" long by 19" wide and after the felting process, the finished scarf was 89" long by 10 1/2" wide.  I am so pleased with all the texture, the color and the drape.  This scarf is beautiful and so different on both sides.  The one side mainly shows the batik fabric texturized from the wool roving that was placed on the other side.  The reverse side shows all the other elements I added in - the wool roving, the silks, ribbons, cut up and repurposed UFO knitting projects, etc.

Here's the finished scarf/shawl

Antoinette with our batiked silk fabric
Hand dyed silks and wool roving added to the batiked fabric

Lay out for the scarf.  It shrunk 33% in length and 45% in width.

Below are a few more pics of the finished scarf/shawl which can be worn in so many fun ways.


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    1. Great colour blend. Question:it looks like the layout of dry hanks,doesn't quite match the final colours..iz this the layers of silk and batting being somewhat see thru or?? thanks for any ideas. Robert N

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  2. Your nuno felting turned out absolutely beautiful. I watched your YouTube video on batiking, too. How lovely! I have just begun experimenting with both batiking and nuno felting -- combining the two is a brilliant idea. You ladies look like a lot of fun to craft with. Too bad I live in Arkansas, so far from California. Happy crafting!

  3. Your work is so beautifully inspirational, and has shown how batik and nuno felting can be incorporated with stunning results.

  4. Beautifully inspirational work. I was interested in how batik and nuno felting could be incorporated and the results are stunning.

    1. Hi Vicki, Thank you so much for your comments. Batiking is a lot of fun but getting the wax off can be challenging.

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