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Flutterby Wrap Tutorial

Flutterby Wrap Tutorial

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Nuno felt is a rewarding and beautiful craft. It is easy to gain the proficiency necessary to design couture quality apparel!
Nuno felt is a rewarding and beautiful craft. It is easy to gain the proficiency necessary to design couture quality apparel!

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The Crafty Retailer
Nuno Felt Flutterby Wrap Tutorial
Nuno felting is relatively new to the world of feltmaking. The technique was developed in 1994 bytextile artist Polly Stirling and her assistant,Sachiko Kotaka. They learned that bymanipulating a small amount of wool fiber througha base fabric, they created a felted fabric withcharacteristics quite different from traditionalfelt. Nuno felt is lightweight with a lovely drapeand flexibility. It is a wonderful textile forapparel, home décor and jewelry. Truly, thepossibilities are endless.If you are a left brain (process oriented) human,you need to let yourself go a bit as felt making isnot an exact science. The directions are intendedto provide technical assistance but you are
encouraged to create “outside of the box.” It
might be necessary to make some independentchoices along the way. You will have extramaterials in your kit that can be used to alter thebasic design. Have fun and do not feel too
constrained….Relax and have a great time!
Additional assistance can be found with our onlinetutorial athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3yzSZdGgEw. The lesson is broken down into 6 easy to followvideos, each with an admittedly low production quality, but lots of good information! You might find ithelpful to watch the first video and then do the project up to that point, watch the second video and do theproject up to that point, etc. The visuals will be a helpful addition to the written instructions.
Ingredient List
Silk Fabrics: ½ width of 2.5 yard piece of silk (primary color)Silk Fabrics: ¼ with of 2.5 yard piece of silk (secondary color)Wool top: Approximately 50
60 grams of something beautiful
Throwster’s Waste: 5 grams
for embellishmentTussah Silk: 5 grams for extra shineLarge towelBubble WrapPool NoodleOlive Oil Soap solutionToile NettingTies/elastic bands
The Crafty Retailer
Step 1: Make the nuno ribbon strips
The Flutterby Wrap is a layered piece. The primary layer is the actual base of the garment. The secondary layers are
strips of nuno felted “ribbons” that are placed on top of the primary layer and then felted
into the primary layer. Youwill make the ribbon strips first, as it will be an easy introduction into the craft.a.Before you get started, you have a decision to make. The ribbons can either have unfinished seams or finishedseams. The unfinished seam choice is easy, because you need only cut and tear three ribbons from the
smaller piece of silk in your felting kit. It will also result in a more “flowing” look to the ribbons. The Purple
Passion wrap has unfinished seams. The disadvantage is that the edges will have a tendency to unravel,leaving little threads that must constantly be pulled off.
The pink silk seam is unfinished The green silk seam is finished with a pink wool edge.
If you choose to leave the edges unfinished, you can go directly to
Step 2.
Put the bubble wrap on top the towel with the bubbles facing up. Fill your squeeze bottle with cool waterand add a few drops of soap to the bottle. [Note: although felting is usually done with warm water, Nunofelting is better done with cool water. It will slow down the felting process, providing the fiber the timenecessary to migrate through the silk before it felts together. The extra time will also give you a bit morecontrol as you learn.c.
You have two pieces of silk fabric in your kit. You will felt the smaller
piece first, and then cutit into three separate pieces for the ribbons. Place the small piece of silk on top of the bubble wrap.d.
Pick up your wool. It is too thick to work with as you find it. Gently separate it into two pieces
.Separate it a few more times until you have a piece of wool that is approximately an inch wide. This is notan exact s
cience, so just go with your gut instinct and don’t waste time worrying about it.
Pick up the wool top and lay the end of it down on the top left edge of the silk. Put your left hand on thewool to secure it and gently pull off tufts of fiber with your other hand. If it is difficult to pull, then moveyour hands further apart. The wool should separate gently and
easily…no major effort should be expended!This is called “Shingling.” Continue to shingle, placing the wool so that
each shingle gently overlaps theprevious shingle by about a half inch. There should not be any
“bald spots.”
Your objective is touse the wool to create a nice fiber seam along the top edge. The shingle should be about an inch wide.
Shingle another row about 3 inches below the first row
(an “Exterior row”)
. Add a third row of shingling aboutthree inches below the second row. The 2
and 3
rows (“Interior rows”) should be between 1 ½ and 2
inches wide. Finally, shingle the entire bottom edge, as well as the side edges. These are also exterior rowsand should be an inch wide. You can see that you are forming three separate panels that will be cut outlater.
Double check to see that there are no bald spots and that at least half of the the fiber along the exterior edgesis situated directly on top of the silk. You want it to felt INTO the silk, not away from the silk. Once you are
satisfied with the placement of the fiber, cover the entire piece with the toile netting. The purpose of thenetting is to capture the fiber and hold it in place so that it does not randomly move about while you arefelting.
Sprinkle soapy water liberally over the netting. You want to wet down the entire piece.
Use the palm of your hands to flatten down the fiber. Start in the middle and work your way out.
Once the entire piece has been wet and flattened, it is time to
make the “jelly roll” and begin to roll. Put
your pool noodle at one edge of the netting and roll up the bundle, including the bubble wrap and toile.
Tie the bundle with the pantyhose.
Roll the bundle gently back and forth 100 times with light pressure.
FIGURES 11, 12, 13
Time to take a peek! Unwrap the roll and gently pull the toile netting off of the silk. The wool might tend
to stick to the toile…no worries…just pull it off.
Take a minute to smooth out any creases that may have developed and fix any stray fibers that have gottenout of place.
FIGURE 15, 16
Once you are satisfied with the positioning of the fibers, cover the silk with the netting, roll the bundle, andsecure with ties. Roll another 100 times, using a bit more pressure.
Felt shrinks in the direction that it is rolled. Unroll the package and re-roll from the other side. Do another100 rolls, exerting a lot of pressure this time.
Now it is time for the pinch test! Unroll the package and pinch some of the fiber. It should be starting to
“grab” the silk fabric. If you are able to pull up the wool with the fiber, you are
ready to begin Fulling!
“Fulling” refers to the process by which you agitate the felt to shrink it. T
he agitation forces the fibers tobecome more entangled, compressing them and forcing out the air between them. This will cause the fabricto shrink and become stronger. Start the fulling process by rubbing the material against the bubble wrap.
Figure 18
I generally start out with light pressure and then increase the pressure once I see that the fiber is migratingthrough the silk. You can tell that the migration is successful when you look at the underside of the fabricand see a bubbling/puckering where the wool has come through.
Figure 19
Finish the Fulling by lifting you fabric over your head and forcefully throwing it against the table. Get out allof your aggression! Felting is better than therapy! Feel free to put your fabric in a zip lock baggie and throwthat if you want to avoid any water backsplash.u.
Cut along the middle of the interior rows of felted to create your ribbons. Do not cut too straight a line asthe exterior edges are more organic.
Figure 20.
Now seal the cut edges by rubbing them along the bubblewrap.
Step 2: Make the Nuno Wrap
Lay the primary piece of silk on top of the bubble wrap. Now position the ribbon strips on top of the silk.
Figure 21
Add a line of fiber in the middle of each ribbon and take it all the way along the length of the ribbon. This will
serve as the “glue” that will attach the secondary silk to the primary silk.
Figure 22
Shingle the edges of the primary silk at described in Step 1 (e, f, g). You might want to make the exterioredges wider (3 inches or so) than before since there will be shrinkage in both the width and length of thematerial. You can make up for the shrinkage by making the edges wider with the wool fiber.d.
Add more wool to the primary silk for additional impact and shrinkage. This is the time to add some silkdecoration as well.
Silk WILL NOT felt into the silk fabric, so you must place any silk fiber on top of wool fiber.
The wool fibers will entangle the silk and fuse it to the fabric. Consider adding some pretty threads,yarns, or other fiber goodies from your personal stash to get additional texture. I included some kid goat curlylocks in mine.
Figure 23
Repeat the Steps 1g through 1t as described above. You might need to roll an extra 200 times since the woolmust migrate through two separate layers of silk fabric.f.
You have control over how “floppy” your ribbons are. All of the rolling might tend to firmly attach the ribbon
edges to the primary silk, but if you prefer a more ruffled layered look to your finish piece, simply use yourhands to gently separate the layers a bit before the final rolls and again before the fulling process.
Figure 24.

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