Wet (Nuno) Felting

Today I spent too much time (and money) at my local fabric store buying supplies to make more tote bags (to make sure I know how to make them on my own – I like to repeat newly learned skills early on in hopes of keeping them long-term).

Sidenote: I think these tote bags might make good fund-raising items for a craft fair I participate in, so I also spent some time this evening sourcing cheaper supplies in bulk (I got the price of supplies down from $24/bag to $12/bag!). I thought it was surprising that the webbing (straps) and fusible lining (doesn’t show, but adds stability) were the most expensive at my local store. Much cheaper to buy online and in bulk, then I’ll probably choose my material and thread based on the webbing colors I can purchase online.

ANYWAYS…lighting didn’t work out for pics of those works in progress…so I’m going to show you my Nuno felted scarf from my recent art retreat.

From the web:
Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from the Japanese word “nuno” meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt.

The beginning: 1st layer wool roving, then thin material, more wool roving. Bubble wrap and warm soapy water...and lots of agitation...
The beginning: 1st layer wool roving, then thin cotton material, then more wool roving. Bubble wrap and warm soapy water…and lots of agitation…


time to work in the felt on the other end


the material and wool before they got “felted into one”


Happy artist wearing her wares!


Another angle


In the Light at Home

It’s a frothy thing…

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3 thoughts on “Wet (Nuno) Felting

  1. very nice, we never spent too much .. I have a stash of roving that even though I’m not currently felting, I still add to… keep going girl! very nice I could almost smell the wet fleece

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    1. Thank you Dymoon! I definitely loved getting to use our teacher’s stash in the class – mine is just beginning when it comes to roving…one little tuft at a time. 🙂 Do you have a favorite place to purchase it (hopefully online)? I’m not too pleased with the inventory at my local fabric store and I got overwhelmed trying to pick out colors/materials online.


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