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.