Date: October 8 & 9, 2021 (2-day)
9 am – 4 pm daily
Skill Level: All levels
Early Bird Class Registration Fee (by September 17, 2021): $160.00
After September 17, 2021: $175.00
There is something incredibly enticing about the process of combining silk and wool to create a completely new fabric, called Nuno. This isn’t an ancient craft but it has an exciting future because it is such a beautiful and practical material for creating light, flowing, durable fabrics great for clothing. You will learn the basics of nuno felting by making one flat piece, your scarf, and one three dimensional piece, using the seamless resist method, to make your hat. Make a matching set or experiment with a variety of silks and merino wool. The scarves and hats are great for winter, yet could be light enough for year round use. No artistic skill is needed. Just a willingness to accept the unpredictable and patience with the nuno process.
Materials fee: (Paid directly to instructor during class): $50 – Materials provided: silk materials for designs, merino wool, olive oil soap and wet felting supplies.
Students need to bring the following supplies:
Two large towels, a plastic bag to carry your things home, notebook and pencil, measuring tape.
Optional: A water proof apron, a spray bottle or a ball brause if you have one, Merino wool roving of your favorite color. You may bring your own silk. This could be silk gauze, tissue silk, habotai/china silk/paj/ponge (5 momme). You can use several pieces to create one larger piece but an average size of silk for a scarf is 12″ by 90″. Smaller pieces of silk or other fine fibers for decorations.
Elise Kyllo grew up in South Minneapolis but immediately after college she discovered a love for the wilderness while guiding BWCA trips from the end of the Gunflint Trail. This experience ultimately led her back to Grand Marais and to North House Folk School where she has been living the life of an artist, felting instructor, and gardener. Somewhere along the way, wool as an artistic medium entered her life and replaced the paints, clay, and inks, with a desire to create things of beauty and usefulness with wool.
“It’s somewhat of a mystery as to how I fell in love with wool, but undoubtedly it’s the close connection to the land, the sustainability of fiber from sheep, and magically transforming wool into an endless list of things with just water, soap, and patient agitation. Felting is completely intoxicating and never, ever dull. There is joy, playfulness and happy surprises when working with wool, which I love to share with others.”
Elise shows you how it’s done: