How to Make and Eco-Print a Nuno Felt Scarf (Aannsha Jones creates)

How to Make and Eco-Print a Nuno Felt Scarf (Aannsha Jones creates)


Hi this video shows you how to make and eco print a nuno felt scarf with the wet felting technique and then eco-printing with natural leaves and petals. This nuno felt scarf is made by felting unspun wool and silk rovings onto silk chiffon. It is a soft drapable material that is fine and delicate yet strong. The color comes from the silk and yarn applied in the felting process and also from eco-printing and eco-dyeing it directly after felting using leaves and rose petals. At the end of the video I also show you other nuno felt scarves for design ideas. I’m Aannsha Jones and if you’d like to see how I made this eco-printed nuno felt scarf, this video will show you how. So let’s get started! Materials used are listed below the video. First of all I laid out a piece of chiffon for the scarf. Remember the material will shrink in the felting process between thirty and fifty percent so cut the chiffon larger than you want the finished scarf to be. The camera only shows one half of the scarf. To make fine Nuno felt lay out two thin wispy layers of wool rovings at right angles to each other on the chiffon. I left some parts of the chiffon bare and these give nice see-through patches in the finished scarf. Next I laid on silk hankies which are the silk cocoon that has been flattened out. It is very fine and you have to peel it off carefully as the fine silk threads can stick to your fingers if you have dry skin like I have! Next I made some rosettes out of dimensional wool and laid them on top of the hankies to create a nice border and detail. I added some variegated yarn that has silk spun through it which will give a nice lustre to the finished scarf. To give extra shine I added some hand-dyed silk rovings which you see me dotting around the design. As silk doesn’t felt directly to the wool add little wisps of wool rovings over the silk and this acts like glue trapping the silk onto the felt. Then felt as normal. To learn how to make felt, click the link shown below. You can see some of the see-through patches in the nuno felt as I pull it into shape. You can really see the see-through quality in the finished scarf shown here. So next on to eco-printing for extra color and design. Materials used in the eco-printing are listed below the video. Soak the plant materials in vinegar water and then dip them into iron water before placing them as you like on the scarf. For details on eco-printing felt please follow the link below the video. Fold one half onto the other, cover with cling wrap and roll tightly onto a stick. Tie with yarn into a tight bundle and place it into your dye bath. I used to dye previously made from hibiscus tea bags but realized there wasn’t enough for the whole scarf so I added onion skins and more water to the pot. The exciting part is always unbundling to see what results you get! The geranium leaf didn’t leave any print but acted as a resist and the rose leaves gave a nice bright green and the petals left a deep pink. I only simmered it for 40 minutes as I didn’t want to overtreat to silk so the leaf prints aren’t really dark, but I like the effect. The string and dye bath give a lovely stripy brown in the middle of the scarf. So, here’s the finished staff. Isn’t it gorgeous? Here are other designs I’ve made for some inspiration. If you like this video please give me a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more videos like this, please subscribe. This is Aannsha Jones. Thank you so much for watching. Until next time! Over and out.

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