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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.