Creating a wearable art piece from wool and silk through the process of Nuno Felting is a playful, meditative, creative and rewarding workshop in two parts. Join experienced felt artist and educator Donna L Bennett as she guides participants through hand dyeing a silk textile and wool roving (Day 1) and creating a hand-crafted Nuno Felt Scarf (Day 2).
Registration options for only felting are available.
This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those who have some experience but wish to expand their skill set.
Nuno felting is the process of laminating wool roving through a fine woven textile such as silk or cotton simply through felting (no stitching or gluing required). Unlike traditional felt, which is fairly dense, Nuno Felt is a very light textile with a beautiful drape and gloss from the silk along with the warmth and durability of the felted wool.
Day 1: Hand-dying Wool and Silk
Learn to work with commercial dyes to colour a small batch of 19 Micron Merino wool roving as well as a length of silk fabric, silk hankies, and silk roving. Workshop attendees will take the dyed silk and wool home to air dry and bring the fibres and fabric back for their nuno felting project on day 2.
Day 2: Nuno felting
Spend the day working with the materials you have dyed to create your scarf. Learn the steps involved in producing a lasting piece of wearable art through Nuno Felting.
The felting process can be physically challenging as prolonged standing and bending from the waist is required.
Donna L Bennett is a fibre artist who creates and lives in Chemainus. She creates wearable art in a “slow clothing” process of felting and Nuno Felting – incorporating a loosely woven silk textile into the wool. Blending both commercially dyed and her small, vat-dyed fibres, Donna creates designs that are one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the local landscape. “I create wearable art as a vessel: a container for the human form with the practicality of a garment that brings warmth and comfort and the whimsy of an accessory that enhances the natural beauty of the wearer.” See Donna’s work: https://facebook.com/feltedewe/