Monday, February 11, 2013

Making a Seamless Nuno Felted Jacket

Making a nuno felted jacket is not for the faint of heart but boy is it ever rewarding. 

This jacket has no seams at all and involved absolutely no sewing. 

I created a template for the jacket calculating a shrinkage factor of 50%.  In the final analysis, I would have used less of a shrinkage factor since I really had to work to get the felt to shrink so much especially in the length.  Next time, I would add a few more inches to the width since I forgot to add in ease but would definitely cut down on the length of the sleeves and the body.

 I laid bubble wrap on the table, bubbles up and then laid painter's plastic on top.

 I laid wool roving on the back of the resist extending it over the edges.  

  I laid silk fabric on top of the roving and wetted out the whole thing with my "watering can" made by drilling holes in the top of a plastic jar.

 I flipped the whole package and placed merino roving and silk fabric one the right front side and wetted it out.  I then added a second template and completed the left front side of the front in the same way. Lastly I did both sleeves.

 Rock and roll. 

When the felt adhered to the silk fabric, I cut the bottom edge of the jacket open and removed the template. Hey, Tucker get off of that couch!!

I then cut the sleeves open.

More rolling and then slamming it.

It's getting there.

A night on the town wearing my new jacket and top which I also nuno felted and then eco printed with eucalyptus. 


  1. It turned out beautifully! I love it with the scarf and top. Very nicely done.

  2. Amazing jacket, thanks for sharing the process! Isn't Jean wonderful?

  3. Great job! Beautiful work! :)

  4. Beautiful and very creative. Wow, thank you for sharing the process.

  5. Hi Sarah, Just got these Google comments to work...finally! Thanks for your comments on my jacket.

  6. Hi, Absolutely beautiful! I love your work! I have been trying to figure out how to make a vest with all the holes, lacey. Would you know how? I wonder if wool batting is used since all the holes seem uniform?
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi Knotty Knits, Thanks for the compliments on my work. To form the holes, I either lay out my roving or batting to form the holes or cut into the roving/batting once I get it to the prefelt stage. Good luck.

  8. Hello Beth. I love your jacket and want to have a go at making one. I wondered how much wool you used? Thanks.

  9. so gorgeous. i didnt reallly understand the instructions but it looks fab. i think its maybe like making a slipper lay the fibres then the resist then fold over then flip fold over the edges and fill in the other side roll up and felt? did i basically get that. ? thanks cant wait to try!

  10. Your jacket 8s beautiful! I just have to do this, but I am not fully comprehending the adding of the left side front template. I am assuming that this is so that you can close and button it in front. I am very new to wet felting but I love it. The only things I've done are the head feet and legs for my granddaughters Halloween costume. She is going to be a peacock. I did the head as if I were making a hat and then cut away the eyes and the area below the beak then decorated accordingly. The feet I made as if they were slippers over a resist,but addee the three toes at the front of the foot and the 1 toe at the back. I "painted" the feet with tea over the natural off white of the roving wool. I made the claws out of polymer clay and after painting and clear coating I sewed the to the feet. I did the legs
    Over a resist also and flaired it at the bottom where it lays over the foot like a spat. I thought I might have to make a slit at the lower edge and then close it up with Velcro but she was able to slip her foot all the way thru. Fit her perfectly. I painted the legs with the tea also. They all came out great which was very lucky for my first wet felting experience. But I just have to understand how you added the extra template for your jacket. When I wear jackets I usually want to be able to close them in front because it's cold! Please help me to understand, if you would be so kind, how it works????