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It's a shawl! It's a wrap! It's a lap rug! Actually, it's whatever you need it to be. Beautiful vintage (pre-1930) Indian silk sari provides the base fabric. I blended aqua, teal, turquoise, greens and fuchsia merino fibers along with some silk roving. The colors match the colors of the silk sari. Dyed silk rovings and silk threads were all that was needed for trim. I did not cover the gold border of the silk sari, but left it to ruffle during felting. The fleting process also created a lovely, bubbly texture on the silk side. All in all, a truly beautiful piece.

Finished size is 20" x 67" and can be used as a shawl, wrap, stole, or even a lap cover.

How does nuno felt hold up?

Felted fibers are very strong and hold up quite well, and when they are laminated onto a fabric base they become even stronger. The felt generally “softens” the more you wear it. Felt also wards off wind and will keep you dry when it is snowing or raining (of course if it is exposed to too much moisture it can become saturated).

How do you care for nuno felt?

Surprisingly, it can be hand washed. Just use cool water with a mild soap for wool, rinse well…again in cool water, roll in a dry bath towel, and then lay flat to dry. Be certain not to use hot water and handle the scarf gently as hot water and agitation will cause the felt to “full” or shrink even further.

How is nuno felt made?

All That Felts’ nuno felt is hand-fashioned from fine merino, rambouillet (or other wool fibers), alpaca, llama and/or mohair that is laminated onto a fabric base. I hand-pull the fibers into thin wisps and begin laying them out in one direction in the shape of the scarf, but about one third larger than what the finished scarf will be. I continue layering more fiber at a 90% angle to the first layer, repeating this process until I have the desired thickness. Then the design is laid out on the bundle using silk hankies, silk threads, silk roving, silk ribbons, wool yarn, various fiber curls, beaded yarn or string, etc.

Once the design is finished I gently begin wetting the bundle of fabric and fibers with a water and soap solution. Once the fibers begin to migrate through the fabric base the intensity of rubbing increases. Most scarves are rolled about 400 times, then tumbled or splatted to finish the fulling or shrinking process. A vinegar rinse cleanses the soap residue and restores the PH balance of the fibers, then the scarf it smoothed out flat to dry.

Packages are usually shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail. I'm happy to send it via expedited shipping if you need it quicker. Convo me for details and pricing.

Soothing Seas Shawl nuno felted 120028

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Vintage silk sari, merino wool fiber, silk fiber, silk threads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 31 reviews
  • Favorited by: 2 people