Monday, November 3, 2008

Laminated-imbedded-hybrid-nuno felted scarves

There is an interesting discussion on the Feltmakers List about the terminology used to indicate felt made from wool and other cloth. The term nuno is very common here in the United States, but can be confused with the Japanese company Nuno and its products. Laminated is used but doesn't really imply how the wool really intertwines with the cloth instead of just laying on top of it. The word imbedded covers that but, in my opinion, doesn't really give a good visual for the final product. Hybrid is another term used by some.
I think the problem with the terminology is that the words don't sound nearly as beautiful as the real thing. Who wants to wear an "imbedded felt scarf" or a "hybrid felt scarf"? It just doesn't sound beautiful and elegant and soft and colorful. Of the four words, I like nuno the best, because I don't have another competing definition for it.
Well, no one likes blog entries with no pictures, so here are some scarves I felted using wool and silk. Call them what you please.

My favorite. If I could name it, this one would be "A River Runs Through It."
I love the colors of this silk. I used a simple design, similar to the one I did in Kris Post's class at The Fiber Studio.
And this is the one I did in class. You might remember it from a previous post. I did press the scarf since that first picture, so maybe it looks a bit better here.

And finally, this is the first one I did at home after taking the class. I used a purple and orange scarf purchased from a second hand store. Not my favorite, but for someone who likes purple and orange together, it makes quite a statement.
Photographing scarves is quite an undertaking, especially scarves that don't even lay flat, like nuno...er...like these scarves. Someday, I'll get one of those dress form thingys and drape my scarves elegantly around it to take well lighted, thoughtfully composed photographs. Someday....

2 comments:

Becky Utecht said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of your lovely scarves. It's amazing all that you accomplish with your felting, even with all the children to care for. Just amazing!

Shalana, the funky felter said...

That's a very interesting discussion about what to actually call the technique. I personally like "nuno" too because it sounds more elegant and a bit mysterious. Your scarf examples are lovely :)