A Impressive Beginner’s Nuno Felted Neck Wrap

Nuno Felt Wrap Scarf by Thayer Abigail featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

From self pro-claimed “newbie” status to Rockin’ Felted Neck Wrap…in just one day 🙂 Within a day of downloading our Nuno Felting Tutorial for a highly textured neck wrap or scarf…Thayer made this! She used a variety of fibers including Merino Top in Teal, Lagoon, and Ruby along with locks and her own silk and embellishments.

“I made my first project! See photos in the comments!!! Thank you so much for adding me. I’m going to try to not be too much of an over-excited newbie.”

– Thayer Abigail, Louisiana

 

vibrant nuno felt bird shawl

Vibrant Garuda Shawl ~ Felt in Flight

vibrant nuno felt bird shawl
This gorgeous and vibrant nuno felt shawl was felted by our friend Mary Denmead of Washington.
It was created for a community art show with a bird theme, and the inspiration came from the mythical creature, Garuda, a symbol seen in Hindu and Buddhist texts.

“I used many different merino colors and black crepe silk for the base.  I made some silk “paper” with tussah silk and used that to cut out the feather details for the embellishment.  I love how they pick up the light.

The inspiration for this “bird” is the Garuda – a mythical creature that reminds us to live joyfully in the moment – without limits – and without attachment to outcomes.  

Grateful to all of you for the inspiration you give all of us merry felters!

Happy Fall! ~  Mary”

If you have been with us for a while, might recall that we first saw nuno felt scarves by Mary back in 2011.
She started with the Living Felt  Deluxe Nuno Felting Kit in Fairy Hollow, and went on to WOW us
with her next scarf from our Apple Orchard Specialty Designer Pack.

 Below is her fabulous scarf and her note about the pack:

nuno felt scarf apple orchard

“Hi Marie and everybody at Living Felt- Here’s my most recent nuno scarf made with your incredible Apple Orchard Specialty designer goody pack and a silk scarf. Your designer packs are all so incredible…I can’t wait to pick another one! Thank you for the sweet emails I’ve received from you and for posting my first scarf on your site and blog! My goodness, I am so flattered. You sure know how to make a gal’s day :). “

Blessings! Mary Denmead

It really makes “our day” to get such wonderful photos and feedback! Mostly, we are SUPER CHARGED when we witness
our creative friends delighting in their own process and outcomes! :O)

A Lovely Variety of Felted Scarves

 Fatima Kaser felts wonderful wool scarves in a variety of styles.
She first learned to felt in Amsterdam, and now that she is back in the states, she has resumed her felting.

 We love the bright and bold colors of this scarf that seem very appropriate
for Fatima’s lovely young model and daughter.

Fatima uses primarily Merino Top and Mohair Locks for her scarves;
some are pure wool and others are nuno felted over a silk base.

A very elegant wrap for an elegant lady.

Fatima is currently averaging almost a scarf a day, making them
mostly for friends and family in their choice of colors.

Lucky them!

Nuno Felt Shawl Scarf Dream Catcher

The Inspired Felted Scarves of Nicole Burton

Nicole Burton’s current felt scarves and wraps are undeniably inspired by Native American themes. We recently had an opportunity to visit with Nicole and learn more about her and her stunning felt works.

When and how did you discover felting? “I discovered felting about 3 years ago. I started crocheting but wasn’t satisfied and did some research on different types of fiber art and came across a nuno felted scarf.. I fell in love instantly. I started learning everything and anything I could about it and taught myself with the help of online videos, books and forums. There are so many incredible resources out there for people wanting to learn this medium.”

nuno felt scarf nicole burton

What do you enjoy about it?I love everything about the felting process. From the way the wool feels in your hands when your laying out the little tufts, to seeing it combine altogether to create one amazing piece of fabric. I love that you can make anything you can think of, from accessories to sculptural pieces to clothing. It is only ever limited by your imagination. It is such a rewarding feeling to have a vision in your head come to life in your hands.. that’s not to say the vision doesn’t change while being made. Felt sometimes has a mind of it’s own and it will lead you to a different path that expected.. but that is part of the fun.”

Nuno Felt Shawl Scarf Dream Catcher

Like many artists, Nicole finds that she goes through thematic phases. “I will be inspired by something and make a collection until I’ve exhausted all there is in my mind.”

“An example would be my Native American/Tribal inspired work. I started that line in the summer when one day I was looking at a dreamcatcher I had hanging in our home and thought “How beautiful would that be to have a dreamcatcher on a scarf?” and the line was born from there. I am inspired by many things.. nature, different cultures, emotions.. the fiber itself sometimes inspires and dictates what it wants to be.”

At this time, felt has become Nicole’s primary medium for artistic expression. She dabbles in crocheting and shares that she would love to learn to spin her own yarns for incorporation into her felt works.

Nicole shares that a primary inspiration in her life is her husband. “He inspires me everyday to grow, stay focused and believe in myself.”

What is your ultimate goal or desire with your “work/passion/art”?
“The ultimate goal is to always keep growing and evolving as an artist, never staying stagnant. Learning and creating.. pushing the boundaries we set for ourselves. Just knowing that there are people out there wearing something I have made, that I have put all my love in and are feeling beautiful in it, that is what keeps me going. I think the goal for me is to never lose sight of that.”

nuno felt lattice scarf shawl

For anyone just getting started with felting and expressing their creativity through art, Nicole offers:
“Believe in yourself! Don’t be afraid to try new things. Free any restrictions you have and express yourself through your art, this is where you can let your soul shine.”  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton

Visit Nicole’s Shop: http://www.parvana.etsy.com

See some great “process” photos of felt scarves in the making and follow Nicole on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/parvanacreations