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I love watching traditional felt being made so when I stumbled upon this beaut on youtube I wanted to share it. I thought I’d seen most of the Ray Mears stuff but don’t remember this:

200 sheep fleeces…cor blimey! Can you make all our felts good and strong please Tenge? Not quite so critical for those of us not actually living within our felt but nonetheless…

Now I want to read up on Mongolian history! Although I didn’t finish my anthropology degree I can’t stop being fascinated. Talking of degrees, did I say I’m off to study LD nursing this Autumn. Well I am, woohoo!

Isn’t it interesting how so many textile crafts (knitting, felting…) are/were traditionally made by men when they are now overwhelmingly dominated by women. I don’t believe what they say, equal rights can’t exist when (albeit among many many other issues) we’re still too sexist as a society to really think it normal for men to be doing these things as well.

I think I’ve been living up to the tagline of my blog with this post, I’ll stop rambling about whatever pops into my head!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the vid 🙂

So ages ago now I attempted a nuno scarf. I had read up briefly on it but just wanted to fling myself into it…definitely a learning curve!

Nuno Scarf 1

This picture was my first ever attempt. I layed wool on both sides of muslin fabric, but I reckon 1 much thinner layer would have worked better, as this one doesn’t drape fantastically well.

I got spurred on by the clear possibilities so made another ‘scarf’ with the intention of just experimenting. This is how that turned out:

Nuno Scarf 2 - side 1

And the 2nd half (only 1 side of the fabris ic felted but I had to photo it in 2 halves):

Nuno Scarf 2 - side 2

And finally, you can see how it drapes much better thanks to much less wool being used:

Nuno Scarf 2

I loved experimenting with different shapes, thicknesses and directions of laying the fibres. Doing the seperate ‘sections’ really gave me a good insight into how merino acts when nuno felted onto cotton muslin. It’s also a scarf that I’ve actually worn and enjoyed wearing. My first attempt is far too stiff so will await its future reincarnation into another experiment!

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NOW A TUTORIAL FOR FELT SLIPPERS HERE: https://fortheloveoffelt.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/wet-felted-slipper-tutorial/

I’ve spent all night (and my back) on my latest project – new slippers for me 🙂

They are made using dark purple merino tops and red and purple carded Finn. There are 7 or 8 layers. To be honest I lost count amid all the rubbing and rolling and laying.

I added a little purple silk top and orange/red Wensleydale to the final layer to add a bit of interest…watch this space for photos.

This is absolutely genius!!! I can’t believe it’s real but have to say it does look it.

There are no words for it, you just HAVE to watch it!

Kudos to these Shepherds, must have taken so much time and skill 🙂