experiments in life, decorative felt, nuno, knit felt and mosaic
This is my second experiment with gauzy ribbon and scrim. Possibly one that I won’t repeat.
Scrim in this context is a very light gauzy material made usually of cotton or flax or jute which is opaque in effect. I believe it is used for reinforcement e.g. In book-binding and plastering. I’ve never felted it before and as it will immediately lose its stiffness during the wet-felt stage, I wanted to see what happens.
First I made a pre-felt with hand dyed silkworm silk applied to the surface.
This is the result. It started quite large but got smaller and smaller as frustratedly I cut off edge bits of scrim which broke up.
I learnt that felt made with this type of scrim needs treating very gently early in the wet stage to keep the fibres in place. I think it is better added part way through. To be honest I am not sure it adds too much on this colour of Merino wool top. The scrim needed dying or there needed to be enough contrast to show the scrim fibres but it does have potential in creating shadow effects. When it felts deep into the wool it adds a pleasing wiggle within the wool fibre. I liked best the effect of using two pieces in cross-over. I think personally I prefer to get similar effects from coloured net which is more resilient and adds a more definite structure