WSD Workshop

On Saturday I was lucky enough to run a workshop for the Bradford Guild of Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers who meet at the Bradford Industrial Museum. It’s a really nice light space and the guild are so welcoming. If you fancy popping along and meeting them their meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday in the month and I highly recommend it as a great way to spend a day.

Anyway, my task was to teach a nuno scarf workshop and it was ace! Looking at my pictures afterwards I’m not sure I captured them all (the end of workshops always seems hectic) but most are here for your delight.

We were working on silk chiffon and using Blue Faced Leicester wool with Wensleydale fleece plus various silk and plant fibres for shine and interest.

There are so many options for laying out the design/wool e.g. extending beyond the silk, covering part or all of it that I thought it would be helpful to take away some of the angst by working solely in white. Plus, of course, there’s expertise in the guild should anyone decide to dye theirs afterwards!
It was a good decision as people did indeed have a lot to think about and some stunning designs and ideas came our of the workshop. Working in white helped to focus attention on the process and I’m sure everyone could now go away and repeat the nuno felting at home.
As you can see, there was also quite a variety of shapes for the ends of the scarves as some trimmed away silk and / or extended beyond it.

How lucky was it to have a black towel to show off this snowflake and icile fringe design scraf?
I can see I’ll have to recommend people bring dark towels in future as they’re such a good backdrop. On Friday 13th April I’m running a nuno scarf workshop in Otley, West Yorkshire and you can book direct here.

Nuno felt workshop

Foolishly I decided to go online and check a few things this morning before I wrote this blog – 3 hours later and I’m finally writing it!!!! Technology must be one fo the greatest time wasters there is so I have just made myself a promise to spend less time on it.

We began the workshop by making small narrow nuno samples just large enough to be a scarf if required. For this we used cotton muslin as the fabric and tried out various ways of laying the wool, changing the ends and incorporating frills.

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Muslin gives greater texture than the silk chiffon which we used later and so is good to practice on and compare end results. Sharon had a finger injury and spent the day trying valiantly (but ultimately fruitlessly) to keep her injury dry.

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It’s interesting to see scarves being laid out and then contrast that with the finished item.

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Kathryn’s scarf was beautifully laid out and was double sided. In fact, everyone made double sided scarves, some looked the same on each side and others were different on each side.

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There’s a wonderful variety isn’t there?

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The last two were made using the same coloured chiffon base but the addition of different wools and patterns means unique results. I love the nuno workshops, perhaps I should plan more?

Scarf workshop

Last Saturday was the last workshop of the year for me and we had a great day creating nuno scarves. I like to change the workshop a little each time and this time we worked on the scarves using pre-felts as well as Merino fibres, silks, lace and angelina fibre.

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The base fabric is silk chiffon and we concentrated on making each scarf double sided often echoing the design without recreating it exactly. The one above (Gill’s) has leaf shapes created using a white pre-felt whilst below  (Bill’s) the shapes are more abstract.

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Fran created this explosion of colour below. The spirals were created in pre-felt and although you can’t see it in the photos it’s liberally sprinkled with angelina. Bill and Fran are both keen beaders so I’m expecting to see these well and truly embellished.

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The angelina fibres are more visible in the one below (Janet’s) and the carding of fibres for the border was subtle but very effective.

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Karen said she felt quite awkward when she began carding fibres for the scarf below but was quite adept before the end. Carded fibres have a lot of depth and movement so they’re well worth the effort.

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June spent time cutting circles from pre-felt and it was time well spent. I love the tail at one end.

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The scarf below (Angie’s) used pre-felt strips in the body and at one end plus some lace and Teeswater curls. I do like asymmetrical ends.

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Finally, but not least, this colourful offering from Kay with pre-felts and Teeswater curls on the end.

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It was a very productive day and I look forward to next years workshops.