Brilliant Nuno Felted Mad Hatter Jacket and Hat

Nuno Felt Mad Hatter Jacket by Sonja Weeks-Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Astounding, Remarkable, Brilliant! Sonja shared in our fb group how she made this INCREDIBLE hat!!! It took a lot of finagling, but she really pulled it off!

“So i made a hatter jacket to go with the hatter hat. Nuno felt and i have a love hate relationship.

I love the potential but never seem to have enough control (or space). This uses silk chiffon dyed with coffee, asparagus merino, merino luxury batt in forest, and the Autumn leaves artist pack. I adapted the pattern from a Russian dress pattern. Please excuse my sad hatter makeup and selfie timer portrait session.”

– Sonja Weeks-Oswalt, Tennessee
web: conspiracyofloveart.com

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

 

Awesome Fire Mountain Designer Pack Felted Ensemble

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We challenged the ever-adventurous Sonja Weeks Oswalt of Tennessee to felt up anything she felt inspired to with our Fire Mountain Designer Pack, and she made this awesome ensemble.

Fire Mountain Designer Pack featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

She added approx. 2oz of additional fiber so she could make all 3 pieces. The scarf is nuno felted and the silk was initially dyed with Kool-Aid. The wrist warmers were wet felted over a resist, we have a free video lesson for this, and the hat was first wet felted flat and then shaped over a hat block.

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog. She used the Fire Mountain Designer Pack.

The wrist warmers can shrink quite a bit!

Wet Felted Wrist Warmers by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

 

Free Tutorial for Scrunch-Dyed Scarves

Colorhue "Instant Set" Silk Dyes featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Colorhue “Instant Set” Silk Dyes

The colorhue silk dyes are perfect for dying your silk scarves or fabrics before nuno felting, Simply mix with water and apply, no need to steam, no need to boil, no chemicals or vinegar to add. They are truly “instant set”!

Note from Marie: I had enjoyed using colorhue to dye silk fabrics in my studio, and a local friend and fiber artist Julianne Krute seems to pull them out at every fiber event for quick demos and make-n-take fun. After playing with them some more and meeting even more felters who are having great results and great fun with them, I knew you would love them too! So we made this little tutorial to show you how quickly you can get started!

Scrunch-Dyed Scarves featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Look What You Can Do…Instant Dyeing!

Free Tutorial for dyeing silk with no heating required!

DIY Scrunch Dye Scarves Free Tutorial

Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt – Bold, Beautiful Nuno Felt

Nuno Felt Scarf by Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt

Joni Cornell first discovered felting in the year 2000 while studying at the Steiner School Seminar in Melbourne to become a Steiner teacher.  It was a two year course, and year one involved self-development through arts. Joni shares that Steiner saw art as spiritual activity, and her introduction to the craft came about like this, “…one sunny warm afternoon Jillian Somerville-Finch came in and got us to make a felt ball, using fleece, yarn and stuffing it all into a stocking to ‘felt’ using warm water and soap. I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing but it was a great excuse to be outside. I finished the exercise and found that my ball had a major crack in it like the fault line that runs under California.”

While the teacher’s course did not include any more felting in that year, Joni was able take more classes with Jillian over the next few years. Rather than continuing on the path of becoming a Steiner teacher, Joni decided to retrain in the use of arts in the applications of education, research and therapy.

JONI-CORNELL NUNO FELTING A BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL SCARF

photo courtesy of Barbara Oehring

What Joni enjoys most about felting she summed up in one word, “Colour.”

I like being in the fields of colour and just playing with the roving and silk fibres. So when working on a big piece the laying out is the most fun for me. But also in the early years, when I was studying to be a therapist, I found comfort in felting on the few occasions when I did a workshop with Jillian, to make a wrap, a pair of slippers, a skirt. Joseph Beuys (the ‘social sculptor’, who incidentally was influenced by Rudolf Steiner) used industrial felt in his happenings and installations and he suggested that there was an element about felt that was ‘warmth’ and this warmth is spiritual or evolutionary. I tend to agree. Beuys used felt as a magical and symbolic substance.”

Joni Cornell Home Scarf Nuno felted

Joni is particularly fond of Nuno Felting,  she calls her nuno felt
a strong yet fine laminated fabric using superfine merino and silk fibres.”

She also feels the finer felt suits the more temperate climate in her home of Australia.

Joni  does not resort to the use of powered equipment such as an electric sander, washing machine or clothes dryer because she does not believe in highly distressing the felt. She also does not thump, or shock her fibers during the felting process. As a result, her process of making nuno felt is all work by hand, rolling and rubbing – quite a labor intensive process.

An eco-dyedd nuno felt wrap by Joni Cornell

JONI-CORNELL-Ecodyed Nuno-felt-jacket

After exploring eco-dyeing with the abundance of eucalyptus leaves on her property – she has concluded that she prefers the bright colors she gets from acid dyes and this year will return to producing more colourful felts again.

JONI CORNELL NUNO FELTED BATTLE COAT for Felt United 2010

“In making the ‘Battlecoat’ in 2010 when I called on 5 other artists to send in a depiction of a ‘scar’ or wound that I would felt into a coat, I was drawn to making something with meaning and with the participation of others. Working with felt for me is more than about ‘fashion’, or beauty, or churning out fast ‘little’ pieces as though in your own personal sweatshop to stock an Etsy store…the work can be therapeutic (even when the intention is not therapy) and it can be done as a participatory inquiry, where we come to know certain things about ourselves and the life world of others.”

JONI-CORNELL NUNO FELTED BATTLE COAT for Felt United 2010

Joni suffered an injury in 2013 that not only made it virtually impossible to sit or stand for several weeks, she was also unable to felt for over four months and the road to recovery has been slow. As a result, she is pacing herself and now making smaller pieces. She shares, “I’ve also resolved to restrict my output this year and make work which will make me happy.”

Joni’s first creative passion as a young person was print-making, she shares that she has always drawn and loves using pastels.
She also creates in collage and water color.

For those just getting started with felting, Joni offers,

“Enjoy the process, even though sometimes it may feel that you’re a launderer ;-). When I first started to make felt and even now I treat it like playing with colours and textures, and it’s always a thrill when it all comes together. Find those artists who inspire you and look at what it is you like about their work. One always needs somewhere to start and art begets other art. You may think you’re copying but there’s always an aspect of your work that becomes entirely ‘yours’ – your signature, because your touch will be different. Take a workshop, even from a maker who is not your idol as a felt maker. Take your time to learn, experiment and explore.”

Sound guidance, indeed.

Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt layout out silks for her nuno felt shawl

Joni is part of the Open Artists’ studio program in the Dandenongs where she lives, about 40 km outside of Melbourne. This involves opening her studio to the public for one weekend in April/May.  In 2013, 35 studios participated in the event which also includes a group exhibition held at Burrinja Cultural Centre which sponsors the event.

Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt wets out her nuno felt shawl

For the 2013 event, Joni decided to videotape the making Semi Circular Nuno Felt Shawl that
she was creating for the exhibition; the piece was eventually entitled “Ten Fabrics Gathering”.

Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt nuno felting by rubbing her piece on a solar pool cover

She posted the series of videos to Youtube, “as a kind of peek-a-boo” into her studio before the big event , and to share with others the  process of this very labor intensive art form.  This is a multi-part video that is a treat to watch. It will especially be interesting for those new to felting to see the size variation from start to finish to accommodate for shrinkage as a result of the felting process.

YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE NUNO FELTING PROCESS VIDEO HERE:

Ten Fabrics Gathering, an artful nuno felt wrap by Joni Cornell

photo courtesy of Barbara Oehring

Joni has also shown at the Victorian Feltmakers Inc., and she participated in the Felted United virtual show in 2010,
when she made the collaborative piece entitled Battlecoat.

Joni Cornell of Wrapt in Felt models her Nuno Felt Mosaic Jacket

You can see lots more from Joni….but grab a cup to tea and get cozy.
….oh, and maybe grab your journal…and prepare to be INSPIRED and ENTICED!

http://jonicornell.blogspot.com.au

http://2013.openstudios.org.au/artists/joni-cornell

https://www.facebook.com/wraptinfelt

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WraptInFelt