I have always loved the woods.

I love the sounds: the noisy stillness punctuated by the sounds of scurrying creatures on the forest floor and of birds in the canopy over-head, and trees creaking and branches rubbing together in the wind. I love the scents: the fresh smell of growing things in the spring, the overheated scent of baking pine needles in the heat of summer, the smell of decay in the fall and the clean cold scent of snow and ice blanketing the forest in winter. This very first issue of Nuno Magazine features projects and ideas inspired by the woodland; You will find mushrooms and moss, trees and ferns, birds and animals. We used waste paper and cardboard packaging, cast-off sweaters and disused dishes, grocery bags and salvaged yarn to create projects that take us back, in a small way, to time spent walking down a forest path. I hope that you will find inspiration here to jump-start your imagination; that you will see the materials that surround you, things that are routinely tossed in the trash in a brand new way.

This preview shows just a small sample of the 30+ projects and ideas contained in this issue of Nuno. You can buy the full issue here.

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This issue of Nuno was created by Elizabeth Abernathy Graham and Rachel Abernathy Braff who began collaborating on creative projects as soon as they could grip crayons. In this issue; Elizabeth Abernathy Graham Projects and Photographs Layout Rachel Abernathy Braff Projects and Photographs Copy Editing Royce Graham Photographs

Photo Previous Page: This photograph is of Rachel and me in October of 1980. At the time, we lived in a small two-story house our father built in a wooded corner of the family farm in rural southeast Missouri. We had begged our father for a playhouse and he surprised us with one made from saplings he had thinned from the woods surrounding our home. The structure was tied together with bailing twine and had a roof made from an old green canvas army tarp. We loved it. It went through several incarnations; cabin, bakery, animal cage...In this photograph we had decided it was our office (if you look closely you can see the sign we painted).

Items that were recycled, salvaged or rescued from the trash and used to create the projects shown in this issue: Cereal Boxes Food Packaging Wool Blanket Wool Sweaters Wool Jacket Leather Scraps Wooden Bowls Fabric Scraps Burlap Bag Light Fixture Globe Glass Vase/Drinking Glass Scrap Paper Junk Mail Manila Mailers Paper Grocery Bags Plastic Shopping Bags Used Fabric Softener Sheets Burlap Bag Tyvek Mailer Left-over Housepaint Newspaper Place Mats

The Nuno Philosophy: recycle

reuse remake




modify convert alter transform

invent imagine


12......Paper Silhouettes 16......Twig and Stone 20......Forest Insects 24......Potato Prints 28......Faux Bois Lettering Clip Art

31......Twig Notebooks 34......Recycled Sweater Felt Hats 38......Salvaged Leather Mushrooms 40......Covered Paperbacks 42......Felt and Pebble Jewelry 46......Knitted Fern Pillow 48......Forest in a Box 50......Moss Pin Cushion 51......Wooden Bowl Bag 52.....Pocket Belt 54......Birch Trunk Wall Decor 55......Recycled Yarn Wrist Warmers 56......Animal Masks 60.......Jacket Skirt 61......Pocket Pants 62......Recycled Sweater Sleeve Leg Warmers 63......Recycled Sweater Sleeve Shrug 64......Woven Place Mat Bags 65.......Giant Wool Mushroom 66.......Dyed Wool 70......Water Color Tinted Prints 72......Bird Puppets 74......Terrariums 76......Crewel on Burlap

Instructions and Patterns
82......Felt and Pebble Jewelry Instructions 84.......Hat Patterns and Instructions 94.......How to Felt a Wool Sweater 95......Covered Paper Back Instructions 96......How to Recycle Yarn by Unraveling Sweaters 102.....Knitted Wrist Warmer Pattern and Instructions 104.....Knitted Fern Pillow Pattern and Instructions 111......French Knot Moss Pin Cushion Instructions 112.....How to Make Salt and Flour Dough 113.....Twig Diorama Instructions 114......Bird Puppet Instructions 116.....How to Tie and Dip-dye Fabric 117.....Giant Wool Mushroom Instructions 118......Leather Mushroom Instructions 120.....How to Salvage Leather and Vinyl 121......Painted Birch Trunk Wall Decor Instructions 122......Pocket Belt Instructions 124......Pocket Pants Instructions 125......Pocket Patterns 130......How to Make Terrariums 131......How to Make Paper Silhouettes from Photographs 132......How to Print With Potatoes 133......Wooden Bowl Bag Instructions 134.....Printable Forest Drawing 136.....Jacket Skirt Instructions 137.....Sweater Sleeve Shrug Instructions 138.....Sweater Sleeve Ankle Warmer Instructions 139.....Covered Paperback Instructions 140.....Twig Notebook Instructions 142.....Crewel on Burlap Patterns and Instructions 146......Animal Mask Patterns and Instructions

The Trapper Hat:
One of four hats made from recycled sweater wool, using the same basic pattern.

Basic Hat Instructions
Cut 4 pieces from the pattern. Right sides and A edges together, stitch together two pieces to form a side seam. Repeat with the remaining two pieces. Lastly, assemble the hat right sides together and B edges together as shown. Note: This pattern was drafted with a reduced seam allowance (the width of a standard presser foot: ½ inch or 1.3 cm).



Basic Hat Pattern
(cut 4)

Trapper Hat
Begin with the basic hat. Cut out the trapper hat brim. Make sure to place the pattern piece on a fold (where indicated) to get one continuous piece that includes 2 ear flaps. Hand sew using the overhand stitch, whipstitch, or vertical hem stitch to attach the trim piece to the basic hat. Allow an approximately ½ inch (1.3 cm) overlap where the hat and the trim meet. This hat is shown with the decorative addition of a fragment of woven straw taken from a vintage kitchen trivet.

Trapper Hat Trim (cut one)

(place on fold)

How to Felt a Wool Sweater
Choose your sweater: Look for the words “pure wool” or “100% wool” or the wool symbol on the label. Some (but not all) wool blends (at least 80% wool) will also felt, although less consistently. Cut your sweater apart at all the seams so you are left with a small pile of flat pieces. Machine Felting: Set your machine to hot. Load the machine with sweater pieces (avoid mixing different colors as they may bleed onto each other). Add detergent. Wash as usual. Tumble dry on high heat. If felting is not complete, repeat washing and drying. Stove-top Felting: Fill a large pan with water and a small amount of detergent. Bring the water to boiling, then turn down to low heat. Add sweaters to pot. Let soak for an hour or so. Air dry or tumble dry on high heat. Occasionally, after felting some pieces may have significant pilling. Use a razor to remove pills. How can you tell felting has occurred? The pieces will have visibly and significantly shrunk. The knit pattern of the yarn will be difficult or impossible to detect. My sweaters says it’s 100% wool. Why didn’t it felt? Occasionally, wool sweaters are treated to make them washable; this prevents them from felting. What else can I felt, besides sweaters? Theoretically, you can felt anything made of wool (or mostly wool). Try felting fabric from wool clothing. Sometimes, vintage wool blankets will also felt. Newer wool blankets may be treated with fire retardant which will prevent felting. When attempting to felt any garment, cut it apart into flat pieces beforehand.

Instructions for Basic Felt Setting for Pebble:
Cut a piece of recycled sweater felt twice the width and twice the length of the pebble.

Fold the felt in half long-ways.

Hand stitch the short ends together to form a ring.

Stitch the bottom of the ring together. If the pebble is oblong, stitch up the bottom of the ring in a straight seam.

If the pebble is round, gather raw edges to a single point in the middle.

Secure stone in felt setting by placing a drop of glue in the bottom and pressing the pebble firmly in place.

Create jewelry pieces by combining pebbles set in felt. Hand stitch together pebbles in their settings from the backside of the piece. Ring band and bracelet are made by sewing a felt tube (the seam is turned to the inside of the tube). Sew the raw edges of the tube ends together. Verify a comfortable fit and hand stitch pebble grouping (or single, in the case of the ring) to the felt bracelet or ring band. The large pendant has small loops of felt (a single layer, not a tube as in the case of the bracelet and ring band) sewn to the pebble grouping. Position loops to accommodate ribbon necklace (you may need an additional loops towards the middle of the pendant).

Covered Paperbacks
These ordinary paperback books are covered with recycled paper from a vintage textbook. Their spines are decorated with strips cut from a laser print of an antique Japanese photograph.

Covered Paperbacks
You will need: Paper for covers Image for spines Stick glue Scissors Razor knife Coat backside of the cover paper with stick glue and press onto cover of book. Trim off excess cover paper. When you have covered the entire set, lay the image face down on a selfhealing cutting mat. Coat a section of the backside of the image with stick glue. Place the spine of the book onto the glue-coated section. With the spine of the book pressed firmly in place with one hand, trim away the excess paper with a razor knife, being careful to make a precise cut along the side of the spine where you plan to continue the image. Repeat the process until all the covered books have a strip of the image glued to their spines.

The Autumn 2010 issue benefits... For each copy of this issue of Nuno sold between August 1 and October 31, 2010 we will donate $1 to an ADRA program that sends Liberian girls to school. “After enduring 14 years of civil war, 1.3 million Liberians now live on less than $1 a day. Most women are not paid for their labor and are at high risk for sexual assault. Sixty percent of females aged 15 to 25 years have never spent a day in school! ADRA is providing training, seeds, and tools to families to grow corn, peas, and plantains for their own diet and to sell in the market. In exchange, these families agree to send their daughters to school. You can change the future of a Liberian girl by providing for her family and her schooling!” (Quote from ADRA’s website). More about this program Should this particular program become fully funded before October 31st, we will select a similar program to be benefitted.

Photograph by Bill E. Diggs. CC license.

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