So now that the creation of the 'Wearing the Color Wheel' collection is behind me, I've been itching to get back to some nuno felting, especially as I recently got all these delicious colors of wool and silk roving, as well as wool locks (curly, uncombed wool) and sari silk fibers.
I had this previously dyed, rather plain chiffon scarf that I thought would be a good base for adding some fibers.
I wanted to see how little fiber I could use and still get attractive shirring, so I placed mere wisps of wool roving and locks only every here and there. Random shirring happens when the wool migrates through the silk scarf and shrinks, carrying the silk along with it.
Here's the result after felting - rather disappointing. First of all the wavy design I did over the striped area competes with it instead of enhancing it. I should have followed the stripes. And my wool really was too sparse, creating very little shirring. Also a lot of the wool didn't even migrate through the silk, just felting to itself instead... I don't know what went wrong here... I haven't had that problem before!
One thing I did like is the felted wool locks, they have a lovely wave and sheen.
From the back and from a distance, the scarf looks OK, but there's too much unmigrated wool to make it viable as is. I may pull this out again sometime when I'm inspired to do a rescue... maybe some stitching?... but for now it goes into the 'just experiments' pile.
I'm dying to have a go at another scarf, to see if I can correct some of the glitches made in this one. I'm still at the bottom of the learning curve with this felting stuff, hopefully up is the only way to go!