Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jelly Roll Batt heaven from DecedentFibers.com

My wonderful Jelly Roll Batt arrived from Decadent Fibers a couple of days ago and I've made my first design using it............lots more to come. 
the Roll
I asked for purple with gold and a few other accent colors.  Pat and Christine dyed it to order and it is so richly colored that some of it bled into a deep black.  I love that because it's a staple in my holiday designs and everyone loves black felted with lots of accent colors. 

The Jelly Roll Batt is a great option for those of you who are flexible about colors since you will always get some "unexpected" ones.............but once you start working with it, they melt together in spectacular ways and give you a lot of  color-picking freedom.  (If you like to work with much more specific colors and mix them yourself you should order batts by color, not a mélange like this.)

IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE OCTOBER 18 WORKSHOP I will be using these fibers to lay out a scarf in about 10 minutes so you can see how using batts is another way to NUNO FELT FASTER and we ALL want to nuno felt faster...........
purple heaven

Friday, August 29, 2014

Working with Paj Silk - Blog Reader Question

A GREAT READER was intrigued by my photos of scarves nuno felted on PAJ SILK. 

PAJ SILK is a favorite of European felters and the very best nuno felters like Felted Pleasure use it exclusively (and she often dyes all her Paj the same color!).
Paj Silk
Until recently it just hasn't been available to buy in the US because, I guess, there hasn't been enough demand.  It turns out that many doll-clothes makers prefer it to other silks because of it's lustre and drape which works perfectly for miniature clothing.

PAJ SILK is a cross between Habotai and Crepe; it has a tight weave (tighter than silk gauze) and shine on both sides of the fabric but it is completely different from Habotai which tends to be very shiny on one side and moderately shiny on the (wrong) side. 

I think it looks like frosted glass.  Much more subtle and once felted it takes on a completely different "hand" - it turns into a soft, supple and very luxurious super-silk, no other way to describe it.

It's lustre also makes it behave differently (a lot like Habotai) because it crimps, puckers, and bunches up at a much higher rate than the non-glossy silks. 

If you use it for nuno felting you will see this extreme puckering start the minute you start sanding -- it's that fast.

PAJ SILK is available if you qualify for a wholesale account at Exotic Silks in CA; all purchases are $100 minimums.  It's 5.5m weight

This site sells it by the yard (undyed) in a 5m weight:
You can buy 2-3 yards to try it out for yourself without spending a fortune (but $7.50 a yard if you use a lot like I do is pretty expensive.)

PAJ SILK is sometimes called PONGEE SILK but most PONGEE available to buy is 100% polyester, not suitable for nuno felting.   If you have access to a fashion fabric store or a designer wholesale fabric outlet check to see if they carry PAJ (or call it Pongee) but make sure it is 100% silk.

WORKING WITH PAJ:  Like Habotai, Paj takes longer to nuno felt primarily during the Rubbing Stage.  You have to work 20-30% harder and longer to make sure your fibers migrate through the "frosted" surface.

I love it, in fact prefer it to Silk Gauze and Silk Chiffon because it adds another wonderful texture to the other textures of nuno felted fibers and embellishments.  Plus it is so luxurious and fabulous to wear --- like cashmere pajamas.

I am not a fan of Habotai for 3 big reasons; it takes much longer to nuno felt, it can have such a slippery surface that fibers shift a LOT once wetted down and that SHINE can really dominate the final look................to me it just "gets in the way" of appreciating the final nuno felted surface.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WORKSHOP 10/18/14 - Make a LOOP in an hour USING A SANDER

You can sign up here:

Nuno Felt Your Own Infinity Loop Scarf
Instructor: Nancy Schwab
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18
Time: 12noon-4pm
Age: 18+
Price: $70  Materials: see materials list (please contact Nancy Schwab-schwabne@earthlink.net)
Description: Learn how to nuno felt a gorgeous infinity loop scarf using all the newest tools and shortcuts for creating a wonderful piece of wearable art in about one hour.  Nuno felting is a fiberart technique that focuses on felting small amounts of wool and other fibers on a fabric base such as silk and cotton voile using just soap, water and elbow grease to create light, gossamer thin accessories and garments that are wearable year-round.  It's often described as "painting with fibers".  Now you can learn to do it much faster in this 4 hour workshop which will include the secrets of great fiber layouts and picking the right colors on both sides of the fabric, quick felting with use of a Palm Washboard and Electric Sander, joining the 2 edges to create a loop scarf and finishing techniques.  Each student will end the class with a finished loop scarf measuring 56-58" in a loop by 8" wide.

This workshop is best suited to students with a basic knowledge of felting techniques and terms and at least 20 hours of felting and/or nuno felting experience.  

Venue :
230 Lakeville Street,

Petaluma, California, US, 94952
I'll bring the SANDERS!!!--- you will love how fast they work.  Everyone will go home with a finished loop scarf.


Monday, August 11, 2014


Create better, more intricate nuno felt faster!

TOPICS include:
Part 1: How to use the new tools including the Palm Washboard, Edge Tool, Felting Stone & Felting Mat
Part 2: Tumbler Dryer Method & Shelf Liner Shortcuts, Rolling Machines - what they do, where to buy
Part 3: Importance of Color in Nuno Felting including How to Work with White, Using Non-Wool Fibers, Using Cotton Base Fabrics, Prefelts & Batts, & What went wrong - my fibers fell off?!
Part 4: How to make an Infinity Loop, add Ruffles to your designs on the edges and inside, make Felt Lace, the Two Layer Technique, Mosaic Nuno Felt, add how to quickly make and add Prefelt Swirls as a design element
Part 5: List of sources for supplies including fibers, tools and fabric


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NFT&T has hundreds of secrets and tips for how to nuno felt better and faster using the newest and latest techniques and tools. It's so popular that it's now available in several bookstores and public libraries in the US and UK. Available in print and digital editions.

Best Silks for nuno felting with a list of types and weights
Cottons for nuno felting
How to dye your own fabrics with RIT and DYLON powdered dyes
Non-wool fibers and nuno felting
Using a microwave
Using a portable electric sander; detailed directions
How to "water" your nuno felt
Soaps for nuno felting
Learn how to make great EDGES and ENDS
Make "ROVING YARN" to create outlines & designs
What to look for when buying custom-dyed/mixed fibers online
Best throwing technique
Using the "ALL COLD WATER" method
Fix a "mistake" with needle felting
plus many, many more!
or you can buy it from my online store at a discounted price


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blog Reader Question: ADDING to "done" nuno felt

Such a great question from a blog reader:
Hi Nancy, Can I ask your advise?
I recently made a nuno felt scarf with hand painted merino and silk.
I only put the wool on one side and I was wondering if I could now also add wool to the other side or will this over-felt the wool I have already fulled?

The answer is yes, you will overfelt the completed side of the fabric if you now add fibers to the other side and take it through all the steps.

Even if you take great care not to touch the first side, it will be affected by agitation and throwing.  If you use hot water at the end (not the All Cold Water Method) it could make the first side hard and scratchy.

My advice is to make a small sample of a two-sided design - if you like how it looks (2 sided designs take about 20% longer to make) you can go ahead with a larger project.  This is of course if you have enough fibers left!

To rescue the first design, since you can't add fibers to it, you could add stitching or embroidery.  Or add beading or hot-fix gems/studs.  If you've done some fabric painting you can paint the non-fiber side but be sure to use fabric paints, they are much softer when dry. 

(You can always cut it up and use it for other projects.)