Tuesday, September 20, 2011

my first nuno vest


I made a little something for my youngest the other day that I'm really loving.  It's a little vest that I nuno-felted for her using some natural wool locks from a farm here in Minnesota, and some silk I hand-dyed using beans.


It's hard to tell from the photos, I just couldn't get a great picture of it, but the silk is a lovely tan color.  I'd previously gotten blue from the beans but I must have done something differently and ended up with tan.  No worries though, it worked out great for this project.


The wool locks were almost white with dark brown tips and I felted them in such a way that the tips were arranged in lines.  The silk shows through in these areas and I kind of dig the effect.


The asymetrical collar closes with a button I made out of a deer antler that my father gave me.  The vest has a "cavebaby" vibe to it so I figured the antler button would be perfect.


I really love the way it turned out and now that I have a little practice under my belt maybe eventually I'll be able to make something in my size.  I give a big "hats off" to you nuno-felters out there, this was some hard work, but the results are so much fun.

You can bet I'll be trying this again soon.

16 comments:

Fiona said...

This is gorgeous and so is your little one. I love the collar. Would love to try one like this.

RedTwigBrownTwig said...

The vest is beautiful, especially nice with those gorgeous blonde curls! I bet the combo of silk and wool will be very soft and warm for your little one. Love the photos too.

het groene kamertje said...

I love your vest! Cavebaby indeed :)

I was meaning to show you a dyeing experiment I did inspired by your blog, please have a look here: http://hetkabinet.blogspot.com/2011/09/opnieuw-geverfd-met-vlier-en-bonen.html

Amy O'H. said...

So cute!

lynn bowes said...

Sometimes I just wanna scribble my fingers through Her Pinkness's hair. She's guaranteed to win The Most Photogenic, I swear.

Marilyn said...

she truly is a wood elf...those curls of hers just "send" me!!! a fabulous job...on the vest too!!
AND thank you Lisa for the incredible pick me up yesterday. I received the package with my prize mushrooms and they are even more wonderful than I ever imagined. They will become one of my most treasured possessions I just know...
thank you
M

susan said...

such a stylish babe you have. the vest is gorgeous i would love to see it in adult size. can i ask what beans you used?

joanie said...

Oh my! Fantastic, she looks like a little woodland sprite :) The vest looks very cozy like it will be lovely with long sleeves under it as the weather cools down.
Great work!
Jx

curlygirlpress said...

I don't know anything about nuno felting, but that's one cute cavebaby. I would definitely wear a vest like that - super chic. = )

kristin said...

gasp!! your little model looks so stunning Lisa!!

Chelsea said...

wow. that is amazing. i just want to touch it. i had a feeling it was a vest of some sort, and it looks so elegant (despite its caveman-esque appearance). does she absolutely love it? i bet it feels incredible. i wish i could magically reach through the computer screen....okay. i'll stop. i'm just a very tactile person. :)

Erin said...

I adore this nuno-felt vest!!!! Your daughter is very lucky to have a mum like you!
Looking forward to see more of your nuno-felt creations :)

julochka said...

cave baby. i like it.

Cozy Memories said...

oh my sweet little niece
what a delight to see her & her angelic curls
and wearing the amazing nuno vest you made for her
it couldn't be better. ♥
this is what life is all about.
xoxo

Heather A said...

Pretty darn fabulous. Your little girl looks so sweet. She's so workin' that cave child look.

amrita said...

sono innamorata!mi fa venire voglia di fare subito una bambina,per farne uno simile all'uncinetto!
adoro le sue linee pulite,la praticità,e deve essere anche caldo e morbido!

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