Nuno Felting

Nuno felting is a fabric felting technique developed in the early 90’s. The name is derived from the Japanese word “nuno” meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose wool fibres into sheer fabric such as silk gauze creating a lightweight felt which is incredibly textured and drapes beautifully. In this workshop Gill will take you through the fundamentals of nuno felting, including: which fabrics are suitable for this process, the tools of the trade, and the little tips and tricks needed to ensure a successful outcome. Gill will show you a variety of nuno felted pieces, talk about the different styles of nuno felting and introduce you to the amazing alchemical process that is felt making. Once you have decided on your colour choice, Gill will take you step by step through the process of making your own unique ‘personal statement’ scarf to wow your friends. Felt making is a very forgiving medium. You don’t have to be ‘creative’ to get something out of this course. You just have to love colour and texture, working with your hands, and be able to let go of the outcome, and just play.

Materials List

Please feel free to bring along any old silk or muslin scarves you no longer use, as they can be upcycled into your project. You can also check charity stores/op-shops. Don’t worry if you don’t find anything. A length of silk fabric will be provided on the day. 2 x old towels 1 x plastic bag Elbow grease (moderate repetitive action is required)

Tutor: Gill Brooks

Mad keen on textiles from an early age, Gill experimented with everything under the sun: dyeing, sewing, embroidery, knitting, rug-making, you name it. In 1994, she attended her first felt-making workshop and that was it. She had found her perfect medium and has been felting ever since. Over the years, Gill has attended many workshops, often with the who’s who of the international felting world, including Jorie Johnson, Marjolein Dalinga, Alexander Pillin and Jeanette Appleton. Gill has been teaching workshops since 2002 and has introduced hundreds to the joys of felt-making and the versatilities of handmade felt. Gill designs and makes one of a kind accessories which she sells through various handmade craft shop and galleries. Her work has been featured in a variety of magazines including Vogue Living and Home Beautiful. ‘I’m continuously inspired by this extra-ordinarily versatile medium, it’s wonderful properties and its amazing history. A never-ending world of possibilities. What’s not to love.’’