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« on: January 24, 2009 12:28:09 PM »

I apologize if these have been asked and answered elsewhere, I did look!  Anyhow, I am intrigued by the idea of nunofelting, but I don't know anyone who does this in real life, and so I'm trying to figure it out with books and what I can find on the internet.  Here are some questions I have that I can't find answers to-- any help would be greatly appreciated!  Smiley

  • Do you typically hem the fabric before felting?  Do you prewash it to take out any sizing?
  • When the felting step is done, can you still see individual fibers, or does it really look like felt?  Should it pass the pinch test?
  • Where do you buy your silk? (Around here I'm to be limited to the major fabric chains and quilt shops, so I'd love to hear about good online sources!)
  • What fabrics have you used successfully?  I can buy dupioni silk locally, and I'm going to give it a try today.
  • Have you dyed nunofelt (as opposed to dying the wool and silk first)?  I'm planning to give that a try next if my experiment felting with the dupioni is successful.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009 04:08:47 AM »

Here's a tutorial to get the idea...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ray_chel/414476947/
it's quite similar to regular flat felting.

Others might answer your questions differently, but here goes:
1.) Whether I hem the fabric or not, depends on the project I'm making.
Sometimes I want raw edges. But if I'm going to hem it, I do it before felting.
I do pre-rinse.
2.) It does really look like felt and to test it, check the back of your fabric. The fibers should have well and truly worked their way through to the other side.
3.) I buy my silk at the major fabric chains nearby
4.) fabrics with a large weave (so the fibers can work through the project)
5.) I have dyed nuno felt
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009 05:24:04 AM »

Thanks for answering. 

I've found a local store that specializes in natural fiber apparel fabric, so I think I"ll be able to find some open weave silk there.  Felting into the dupioni seems possible, but it's taking a very long time.  It's not something I'd want to do on a regular basis.

I am so jealous of the folks here who seem to succeed your first try with this stuff-- I'm just going to keep slogging along till I manage to make something decent Smiley.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009 05:59:36 PM »

No worries. Best of luck with it - I'd love to see what you do
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2009 07:52:03 PM »

I'm not sure where you live but Loop of the Loom in New York city does nuno-felting.

http://www.loopoftheloom.com/

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