Painting my SIlk Scarf After Felting

This week I want to share with you the result of an exciting twist on nuno felting, one I recently learned. Here's one of my typical nuno felted scarves, where silk is the base and the wool and other loose fibers are  laid out on top - the wool is the main element of the design.

Nuno felted scarf with leaf design in wool and silk fibers

In this new technique however, called 'manipulating fabric', the silk is the star of the show. The wool is laid out first, then different types of silk are pleated or randomly wrinkled, and laid out to cover most of the wool. Because of all that fabric manipulation, the result is a smorgasbord of organic textures after felting - ripples, ruffles, crinkles -  uber-texture! 

For this scarf I started with white wool and fabrics, and painted the scarf only after felting. I used 3 different types of silk, plus cotton cheesecloth and polyester/nylon yarn. 

Here's the wool side for a more muted look ~

Wool side of nuno felted scarf with fabric manipulation

Wool side of nuno felted scarf with fabric manipulation

I had never thought of combining different fabrics before... I love the different types of texture and see great potential for some of the silk in my scrap bags! 

Nuno felted scarf with manipulated silk

Nuno felted scarf with manipulated silk

The holes come in useful for threading one end of the scarf through the other. I wore this the other night and got so many compliments... I'll definitely be doing more of this!