This fall I spent some time making larger nuno felt pieces using a collage technique. The design possibilities working with multiple types and textures of silk is energizing and intriguing. What has been working well for me is to do the piece in stages over the course of a few days. Walking away and then looking with fresh eyes allows the project to evolve from the initial idea into something more complex.
This piece was inspired by the fall wildflower colors of Late Purple Asters and Goldenrod. I used upcycled printed silk and hand dyed silks, silk devore and other bits and pieces from my stash.
The red and black wrap was made with an upcycled blouse. The
piece has an interesting asymetry and a black frog closure.
I wanted to make a garment that wasn't a simple wrap, this vest is the result. The printed silk came from an upcycled blouse and other
bits of hand dyed silk from my stash. Whenever there is a pot of dye
going I like to throw in a piece of silk so I have lots of colorful bits
to work with.
This wrap started with a beautiful crinkly silk dress from the thrift
store. Ribbon and yarn, and other hand dyed silks add lots of color and texture. The dark blue piece with the white
flower sprays is an ancient piece of cotton voile (I think) from a dress
that belonged to my grandmother. The fabric wasn't very strong anymore,
but the felt fibers stabilized it beautifully. I had almost tossed the
dress a while back, but it is now safely in my stash for future
The purple and gold wrap and the red and
black wrap have been sold. The teal wrap and the vest are still
available in my Etsy Shop.