What is the course about?
Nuno felt is a lightweight felt created by fusing a thin layer of wool fibres onto a base of soft and finely woven fabric such as silk chiffon or cotton, thus producing a strong, yet very fine felt fabric, suitable for a lightweight scarf.
If you have never made nuno felt before, welcome to this versatile medium. If you have, then learn this particular technique to expand your skills and possibilities of working with felt. You will begin by exploring the technique by working on on samples.
What will we cover?
The emphasis will be on exploring techniques and developing an understanding of the behaviour and properties of different fibres and fabrics during the nuno feltmaking process. We will cover best practice for working with felt.
Beginner learners will learn how to prepare wool fibres and make basic flat felt. You will make samples of nuno felt fabrics in different weights and thicknesses. More experienced learners will build upon existing skills and learn how to refine your making.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- prepare wool fibres for felting
- make samples of nuno felt
- make nuno felt samples using wool fibres and sheer fabrics
- have a basic but sound understanding of the behaviour of different fabrics when fused with wool.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels. Beginners will learn the basics of this technique and produce a set of competent samples.
For intermediate and experienced felt makers, this course would be of interest for those who wish to learn the specific ‘Nuno’ technique and develop their feltmaking and design skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands on with demonstrations by the tutor, handouts, individual tuition and informal group discussions. The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and develop your work will be encouraged and basic research methods discussed. There will be books and images for you to refer to for ideas, but please do bring in any images or other references for inspiration if you would like to. You will learn how to use tools, equipment, and materials safely in the workshop.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All wool fibres will be provided. A range of small pieces of soft sheer fabrics will be available for experimentation and pieces of sheer white silk and cotton scrim fabric large enough to make one scarf will be provided but if you prefer to work with larger coloured fabric please bring this with you.
Suitable fabrics include soft sheer, lightweight silk, cotton or viscose. Old or vintage scarves of similar quality are particularly appropriate for this project. You will need to bring a plastic bag to take home wet items.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX961 Felt making colour, shape and composition
VX102 Constructed textiles with basketry and felt.