Felt and Nuno-felt

When I mention felt, many will think of synthetic industry felt used for hobbying and tailoring. I work with a completely different kind of felt, one that is made from a wet technique and natural clean wool, and often hand painted. This felt comes from sheep that freely roamed the pastures and were looked after and carefully sheared. This kind of wool is clean and contains no dirt, ensuring that nobody will get an allergy attack from it.

Back to felting…

Handmade felt is made by layering thin sheets of wool in different directions. After this layering is finished, hot water is poured over it and it is soaped, first with gentle strokes and then with energetic rubbing. The result is finished felt. That kind of felt is sturdy, elastic, gentle and soft – especially when the initial wool is of good quality – and it is often stingy if the wool threads are sturdy and long. Ultimately, the type of felt produced depends on the purpose the felt will be used for – if it will contact bare skin, soft kinds of wool will always be selected; if it is for accessories, such as purses and shoes, sturdier and coarser wools are used due to their durability.

Now, back to manufacturing process, which becomes more complicated as the product becomes more complex.

If we want to enrich the wool, we will use multicolored thread, silk patch or lace, pieces of plastic, metal, or natural objects, such as bird feathers, wood tendons or flowers. These add something playful or humorous to the product.

Such Nuno-felt won’t be embedded into a dress or some other apparel, but can be a part of pictures, lamps or curtains. For apparel, we’ll choose combinations of supple materials that blend well with wools of different qualities.

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When I mention felt, many will think of synthetic industry felt used for hobbying and tailoring. I work with a completely different kind of felt, one that is made from a wet technique and natural clean wool, and often hand painted. This felt comes from sheep that freely roamed the pastures and were looked after and carefully sheared. This kind of wool is clean and contains no dirt, ensuring that nobody will get an allergy attack from it.

Back to felting…

Handmade felt is made by layering thin sheets of wool in different directions. After this layering is finished, hot water is poured over it and it is soaped, first with gentle strokes and then with energetic rubbing. The result is finished felt. That kind of felt is sturdy, elastic, gentle and soft – especially when the initial wool is of good quality – and it is often stingy if the wool threads are sturdy and long. Ultimately, the type of felt produced depends on the purpose the felt will be used for – if it will contact bare skin, soft kinds of wool will always be selected; if it is for accessories, such as purses and shoes, sturdier and coarser wools are used due to their durability.

Now, back to manufacturing process, which becomes more complicated as the product becomes more complex.

If we want to enrich the wool, we will use multicolored thread, silk patch or lace, pieces of plastic, metal, or natural objects, such as bird feathers, wood tendons or flowers. These add something playful or humorous to the product.

Such Nuno-felt won’t be embedded into a dress or some other apparel, but can be a part of pictures, lamps or curtains. For apparel, we’ll choose combinations of supple materials that blend well with wools of different qualities.

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BEAUTY IS IN DETAILS!

A detail made of red and black prefelt, in combination with coarse gauze of a natural color and woolen decorative thread for a short, black Nuno jacket.

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A detail made of red and black prefelt, in combination with coarse gauze of a natural color and woolen decorative thread for a short, black Nuno jacket.

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Purple Scarf – a combination of black prefelt, silk,
pink wool and fine gauze.

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Purple Scarf – a combination of black prefelt, silk,
pink wool and fine gauze.

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Cap – detail of the Gotland and South American merino wool blend and white and black merino wool

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Cap – detail of the Gotland and South American merino wool blend and white and black merino wool

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A detail from a short black Nuno jacket – red woolen etamine, green merino wool on the base and a heart of rough mesh material.

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A detail from a short black Nuno jacket – red woolen etamine, green merino wool on the base and a heart of rough mesh material.

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The length of the pod is 30 cm, while the petal is another 58 cm long and is a decorative object.

It is made of robust New Zealand pepper and salt merino wool, and the grains are integrated into the pod.

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The length of the pod is 30 cm, while the petal is another 58 cm long and is a decorative object.

It is made of robust New Zealand pepper and salt merino wool, and the grains are integrated into the pod.

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A detail from a black Nuno jacket – the gauze in combination with woolen material and red and blue wool.

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A detail from a black Nuno jacket – the gauze in combination with woolen material and red and blue wool.

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Nuno combination for decorative wall coverings – combination of wool, silk and a golden woolen thread

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Nuno combination for decorative wall coverings – combination of wool, silk and a golden woolen thread

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