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

 

Nuno Felted Scarf in Green by Joely Rogers and made from Living Felt Nuno Felt Scarf Kit www.livingfetlt.com/blog

Joely Rogers shows off her pre-felted piece and models her wonderful nuno felt scarf! (

“Hello, I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your company.
I purchased the Wet Felting Tools Bundle and the Nuno Felt Scarf Kit Deluxe in Emerald Forest last week.
My order arrived promptly and was beautifully packaged. I love the color instructions and the little personal touches
like “Pack with Love, Shipped with Joy!” on the box and the words of artistic encouragement on the sales receipt.
This was my first time felting and I will be purchasing supplies more this week! 🙂


This was my first try at Nuno Felting and I loved it! My one deviation from the instructions – I am an experienced baker,
so when I first started rolling the scarf I decided that a rolling pin might make it easier. I tried it and it worked great! “

Sincerely, Joely Rogers Dallas, TX

Lovely Felted Dresses & Apparel

Lena Baymut Felted Baby Dress Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This Bright, Precious and SOFT! felted baby dress by Lena Baymut is made of 100% Merino Wool Top. Lena wet felts using hand felting techniques and cold water.

Lena Baymut Felted Baby Dress Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog
“I make my designs in gentle wet felting technique, so I don’t use any electric or mechanical devices. Only wool, natural soap, my hands and love=). I also use only cold water,
since hot water destroys those useful properties of lanolin in wool. “

Lena Baymut Felted Sweater, Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Lena Baymut Nuno Felted Dress, Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“My art which I absolutely love gives me so much freedom where my imagination never stops. Wool is a very plastic material which makes it possible to create anything imaginable. Things turn out warm, cozy and bewitching.”

Lena Baymut  Felted Dress, Featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

See More & Shop with Lena in her etsy store: Baymut

 

The Incredible Felted Fashion of Barbara Poole

Be-Still-My-HeartSeamlessly hand felted using 100% merino wool, vintage silk chiffon, hand printed and dyed silk charmuse

      We recently had an opportunity for a little Q&A interview with fiber artist, feltmaker and felt fashion designer , Barbara Poole. Barbara  began her felting adventures with a simple kit: “One Christmas my wonderful children gave me a felting kit for making a scarf. I fell in love with the process of making felt and the textures and colors I could create. To me, the process seems like magic: you take little tufts of fluffed wool, rub it with water and soap, and it turns into a beautiful piece of wearable art.”

felted dress

I have always loved fashion. My mother was an accomplished seamstress. She could make a pattern from just seeing a dress in Vogue. Now I can make fabrics as well as create my own one of a kind garments and fashion accessories. I feel like I am carrying on a tradition.”

Red coat hat gloves

What do you most enjoy about making felt?   I work in felt because of its plastic nature, historic ties to the body, and its metaphorical similarities and connections to skin. Felt is the most primitive fabric. It has always provided insulation from the natural elements. Nomads used it for warmth and shelter, it can be seen in Mongolian yurts and elegant, shaped coats from the Middle East.   When I felt, I start with very basic materials: fiber, water, soap and physical activity. From there, I can create objects, which are both functional and beautiful. I love the malleability of felt; the way it moves between your fingers, and almost seems alive as you work it. These ancient techniques can be used to create extraordinary fashions.   I am a person who makes things, I love the process of making: the discovery, the happy accidents, the unknown, and the seemingly impossible. I find the problem solving fun and I get a kick out of coming up with something that surprises, delights and educates me. Felting is a perfect medium for me!

Felted Green coat

Tell us a bit more about your felted creations and why you make them or what your inspirations are.   I grew up by the ocean and I find that I use the shapes and marks that I would find on the beach in my felting work: barnacles, snails, seashells, seaweed, beach grass and even the ridges in the sand from the movement of the tides. I incorporate a lot of organic shapes in my work: wavy lines, circles, and the softness of the material expands to the shapes I am using. I am equally inspired by the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.   I also love science, all those stories of 18th century explorers who made up stories about the things that they found in order to explain them. My son, Ian (a wonderful writer), and I worked together on an installation piece titled Invasive Species/Unintended Consequences that incorporated my felt work and my drawings. Like my paintings, the installation was a narrative piece about scientists confronting an unexplainable foreign species. The experience really made me feel more like a fiber artist.   I like the fact that I can make exquisite fashion apparel and accessories and can incorporate it into my artwork and show it in an art gallery. As I’ve grown as a fiber artist, I experiment more and more with bringing in other influences from the art world.

Blue Breez T Dress copy
What other mediums do you create in?
  Until I discovered felting I was a painter. You can see my paintings and drawings at barbarapooleartist.net. I like inventing worlds and creating narratives. I wanted to tell a story, even if the story wasn’t finished or didn’t quite make sense.   For a while I worked both in paint and felt, but then my felted garments started to sell and I became more interested in this new incredible medium. In 2007, I decided to reinvent myself as a fiber artist. Now, I focus entirely on making garments and accessories. My training as a painter enables me to compose my garments and accessories in a holistic fashion. I work from drawings as I did when painting, but there is also a different kind of discovery process that occurs when you make felt. You need to be concerned with three dimensions, so I look for the balance of light to dark, large to small and how the eye moves across the piece. It ends up that my work in felt is much more abstract than my painting work.

Nuno Felted, Sunrise T Dress, Barbara Poole

Nuno Felted, Sunrise T Dress, Barbara Poole


What has been your most challenging project and what was challenging about it?
  Currently, I am working on a project of creating coats that are inspired by painters that I admire. I really like making coats because they involve saving the complex problems of creating seamless garments that can protect us from the outside world. The first coat I created was an homage to Frida Kahlo. It was based on an old Life Magazine cover photo that showed Frida encircled with flowers. The flowers had faded and the colors were washed out. That’s what inspired me.   The second coat in the series is currently my favorite piece. It was inspired by Gustav Klimt and his shimmering backgrounds of gold. The third coat was inspired by Andy Warhol. I’ll do Salvador Dali next. I have so many ideas that excite me. When I am making a coat, I am already thinking ahead and popping with ideas for the next one.

Silver lining and Cinnamon, Barbara Poole

Silver lining and Cinnamon, Barbara Poole

What is your “next big challenge”…or the project you are dreaming to do?   I have an immediate challenge for this year and long range challenge. My immediate challenge is to create a coordinating coat and dress for the Fashion Museum at Kent State University in Ohio. This show is tentatively titled Fused Fibers Felt, and will run from May through October 2014. Then my next big challenge is to create a garment worth of competing in the World of Wearable Art Show in New Zealand. Garments are judged on originality, creativity, innovation and construction. I consider my work wearable art and I believe I have the inspiration, creativity and skills to participate. I am looking forward to that challenge!

Every Sunset I Have Ever Experienced Seamlessly hand felted using 100% merino wool, vintage cut velvet, hand painted silk organza

Every Sunset I Have Ever Experienced
Seamlessly hand felted using 100% merino wool, vintage cut velvet, hand painted silk organza


What encouraging words do you have for others just getting started?
  I began with a scarf kit, but what really helped me was when I took a workshop with Christine White. She taught me what good felt was, and gave me a great base to start from. After that, it’s all about the experimentations, and learning what excites you about the medium. I recommend starting with a good teacher who will inspire you and give you a solid base of techniques you can build upon.

You can see Barbara’s garments and accessories and class and show information at http://www.bfelt.com.  

Her facebook page is www.facebook.com/b.felting.

You can also visit the website that contains images of her paintings at http://barbarapooleartist.net.