Nuno felting is a technique of binding unspun wool fibers to cloth to create felt. I first heard about it a few years ago when a friend gave me a nuno felted scarf that she had made. It was absolutely stunning!

This weekend, I finally learned this technique at Stitches West 2013. My good friend Mary Ann and I took a class from Judy Pascale, who walked us through the steps to create a felted scarf. She provided us with beautiful hand-dyed pieces of silk for our base and a table loaded with roving (wool fiber) in every color imaginable. It was a fiber candy store!

Judy is a fantastic teacher, and we enjoyed every minute of the day-long class.

The basic process is to lay fibers on top of a piece of silk, wet it, press the fibers in place, cover it with plastic, wrap it around a pool noodle and bubble wrap, and roll the heck out of it. Every so often, you unroll it to check on the progress, adjust the fibers as needed, add more water, and roll it again. The final steps are to crinkle the silk backing by rubbing it and then ironing it. The transformation from raw materials to the finished scarf is impressive! Here are some photos from the class:

Raw fibers on silk scarf

I started my scarf with a background of blue and purple fibers.

Mary Ann laying fibers

Here’s Mary Ann laying the fibers on her scarf

Partially felted scarf

I added a fringe of blue leaves at the end and gold leaves on the body of the scarf. This shows the partially felted scarf, after it had been rolled a few times.

Rubbing scarf to crinkle the silk backing

Mary Ann is rubbing the almost finished scarf to crinkle the silk backing.

After the class, Mary Ann asked if I would be making felted scarves for my fundraising. Perhaps they would make a great item for a silent auction. What do you think?

My finished scarf

My finished scarf