With the hustle and bustle of preparing for and working Artsplosure out of the way, it's time for some more experimentation in nuno felting! This is a 22 x 72 shawl that I had already painted. It was supposed to look like the ocean and sand, but it didn't quite work - let's see if adding some wool and felting it will make it more interesting!
This time I'm using a finer chiffon than usual, which also has a crinkle texture to it. I'm not sure whether the crinkles will have an adverse effect on the migration of wool fibers through it. Only one way to find out!
Here are the 'before' photos ~
And after felting... success! The wool migrated just fine through the silk and the crinkles in the chiffon got even more crinkly, providing even more texture. Strands of white wool yarn and silk fibers that I added on the top developed some serious kink! I love it... you can never have too much texture in my book! Click the photo for a closer look.
It looks quite different depending on which color you wear at the top ~
This is the underside, which I find quite fascinating - it shows off the crinkly texture really well. I'd say that the contrast between the very sheer silk and the solid wool, plus all the organic shapes and textures created, certainly made this scarf a whole lot more interesting than the original! What do you think?
Since the shrinking it's no longer large enough to be called a shawl, so I'll just call it a scarf. (Felting usually results in up to 40% shrinkage). It's now about 12 x 60. It's feather-light, very soft and drapey.
Email me if you are interested in purchasing this scarf!