Friday, December 7, 2012

Special moments

My dream came true. 
Dec 2, 2012. Me and my husband Mike went to "Pink Martini" concert in Keswick Theater, PA.
They are amazing in every way. Beautiful voices, intelligent and sophisticated. 
I was very emotional, I had to have Pink Martini before..
At the end people formed a line to sign CD.
I didn't need anything. I was so thankful, all I wanted - to give something. 
This something was my felted scarf I gave to China Forbes called "Waltz" which she wore right away. 
She looked beautiful!






Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gallery of Early Works


Accent Bags


"Africa" / Wool felted bag
Nice accent for evening outfit 
No longer available
Resides in Princeton, NJ.

Scarves and Scarflettes
"Violette" Hand made felt scarf. 
No longer available. NJ resident.


"Mini Victorian"/ Scarf/ Nuno felt
Chiffon Silk, Merino wool
Lovely for spring

No longer available. NYC resident.

Leaf Scarf Detail


"Foglia"/ Leaf/ Scarf
Nuno felt/
Chiffon Silk, Merino wool

No longer available. 
















"Edwardian" Scarf/ Nuno Felt
Chiffon Silk, Merino Wool/ 

No longer available. NJ resident.
"Grigio"(Grey) Scarf/ Nuno Felt/
Chiffon Silk, Merino wool
No longer availableHappily lives in Florida.

"E Gialla" (Yellow)/ Nuno Felt Scarf Detail
Chiffon Silk, Merino Wool/ No longer available.
"E Gialla"/ Nuno Felt Scarf



"French Chic"/ Scarf, Nuno Felt
Chiffon Silk, Merino wool
No longer available.

Detail 1
Detail 2


 

 
"Confortevole"/ "Cozy"
Long scarf/ Nuno felt
Cotton Gauze, Merino wool
No longer availableProudly chasing Warsaw boulevards.

Detail








"Rosy Cheeks"scarf/ Nuno felt
Meriono wool, vintage chiffon silk
No longer available. (made fashion statement in Florida)

Another view



"Peone"/ Scarf/ Nuno Felt
Chiffon Silk, Merino wool/
No longer available.
Being seen in Montevideo.



"Cranberry Love"
Muffler and Mittens Set
100% Merino Wool. Settled in Belgium

                                                 
"Holly" Muffler
100%Merino Wool Tussah Silk

No longer available
Home Decoration 

"Coral" Wall Hanging
Felt, 100% wool










Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sources and Suppliers

Wool I use for my projects comes for different sources.

Here are few of them with excellent services and finest quality:
http://www.outbackfibers.com (wool comes from Australia, CO based company)
http://mohairandmore.com (Texas herd)
http://flyingfibers.com (Landisville, PA)

I use wool found during my travel overseas and brought by generous fiends from their home countries, among them - Uruguay and Russia.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For Pets.






Pets Fashion and Necessities.

If your pets appreciate the quality and style you could certainly dress them up for occasion.

Eddie in Cob Web Shawl
100% Merino Wool          


                 
"Adatto" (proper)
Eddie in Nuno Scarf,
very much appropriate for a young gentle dog
Chiffon Silk, Merino Wool
Detail
Lovely Blue wears Blue Nuno Scarf
Chiffon Silk, Merino Wool
She loves to dress up!..







"His Majesty Edmund I"
Cob web felt large scarf or wrap
100% Merino wool



  Cave for cat. Norwegian wool, Merino wool.
No longer available. Occupied.


Blue Cats cave. 100% Wool.
Warm and cozy, lots of privacy,
Unique design.
Available for Open House.

Cats cave detail (bottom)
.
Cats Cave. 100% Wool.
Occupied. (Sold)




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

About

Felt it?
               Me too..


Home
where felts are born..

        

My name is Nelly. I am a self taught fiber artist and felt maker. I started learning felt making after visiting exhibit of one of my Tango friends at the state art and crafts show in October 2011. Walking along booths and rows filled with all possibly imaginable art and craft works I suddenly stopped at the corner of a row mesmerized by incredibly gentle things of soft colors. 
It was felt, lovely, comforting, smooth, and airy.
It was love on a first sight, instant connection. I could not wait to return home to do research and learn all about felt making.That's how it started. I can't stop now, I keep making different things, from mittens to scarves, wall art hangings, garments, objects, etc. 
I stay up late at night. It certainly makes me happy.
Ever since I never stopped.

I am a Current Member of:
  • North East Guild of Feltmakers (U.S.: http://northeastfeltmakersguild.org/works/malahit-nuno-felt-dress/
  • International Association of Feltmakers (U.K.): http://www.feltmakers.com/
  • Surface Design Association (U.S.):http://www.surfacedesign.org/
  • Trenton City Museum at Ellaslie, NJ: http://ellarslie.org/
  • West Windsor Art Council, NJ: http://www.westwindsorarts.org/
  • Artists of Yardley (AOY), PA: http://www.artistsofyardley.org/



What is felt?
"A fabric of matted, compressed animal fibers, such as wool or fur, sometimes mixed with vegetable or synthetic fibers"/ http://www.thefreedictionary.com/felt
The origin of felt is unknown, there are number of places claiming to be the first, one of them Nomads from Altaic Region http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/03/hm3_2_7.html.
At Pazyryk in Southern Siberia archeological evidence of felt was found inside a frozen tomb of a nomadic tribal chief that dates from the fifth century B.C.
The oldest archaeological finds containing evidence of the use of felt are in Turkey.
The earliest felt found in Scandinavia dates back to the Iron Age. Felt sheets believed to be from about 500 A.D. were found covering a body in a tomb in Hordaland, Norway.

Felt is a non-woven fabric formed when sheep's wool or animal fur is subjected to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. An alkaline environment such as soap, helps the felting process. Heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the fiber to open, and the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over one another thereby causing them to become entangled. The wool fibers are made up of a protein called keratin. The keratin in the fibers becomes chemically bound to the protein of the other fibers thereby resulting in a permanent bond between the fibers, making the felting process irreversible.
Felting is a simple technique requiring very little equipment. The main advantage felting has over other textile techniques is producing a finished product in much less time. No one knows for certain how humans first discovered the felting properties of wool and animal fur, but several ideas suggest how early humans may have become interested in making felt. Matted wool may have been noticed on sheep. Wool shed from wild sheep may have been found formed into a mass of fibers as a result of the elements. Perhaps they stuffed their foot ware, presumably animal hide, with wool to keep their feet warm. After walking on the wool for a while they found that it became stiff and formed a kind of fabric (http://www.feltcrafts.com/history.html).

Kalmyk Yurt House.(http://eng.ethnomuseum.ru/section69/27/110/230.htm 


Today felt making is experiencing revival, old and new techniques are used, it is becoming more and more popular in the West.
More about felt:

What fibers I use for felt making?

Most of the time - Merino wool, Alpaca.
Merino wool comes from the Merino sheep breed, it is the finest and softest sheep's wool.
Merino wool fibers are water resistant but at the same time highly absorbent inside.
The Merino wool fibers are only a fraction of the diameter of regular wool. That's why normal wool itches and Merino does not.
Merino wool is able to absorb and release the moisture, to cool or heat the body.
The fabric made of Merino wool is incredibly breathable, fire resistant and UV protective.
Merino wool roving
Inspiration

Experimenting with wool fibers I did have questions on my way. I did some research and came across to learn about the inventor of Nuno Felt - Polly Stirling http://www.wildturkeyfeltmakers.com/PollyStirling.html
and her co-inventor Sachiko Kotaka
http://www.sachikokotaka.com/.
They became great inspiration in my work and gave me courage to learn more.

Mastering..
in nuno technique, I took workshop with an excellent teacher and felt guru
Robin Blackney-Carlson at her studion in Glens Falls, NY.
http://luckystonestudio.com.
Needless to say it was wonderful experience, I got so inspired to do and learn more.

More to learn..

Still searching for new visual effects and new felt forms I found stunning designer 
Tatiana Sheverda 
http://moodychameleon.blogspot.com/
who became my inspiration in learning and mastering nuno felt & shibori technique.
I wrote her a letter and took master class via Skype ( thank you, inventors!).
Her class is available at
https://www.etsy.com/listing/116844978/one-on-one-2-hours-customised-online
Wonderful, very informative and detailed.

Intention

My intention is to bring positive energy to your body, mind and soul by creating beautiful accessories and decorative  items.

My designs are inspired by nature -  leaves, grass, flowers, the true colors of seasons.
Each piece is unique, one of a kind. I design items that match personality to bring the very best in people (and pets).
                                                                               Inspired by Spring..


My early works


"Magnolia" Mantilla / Nuno Felt
Merino wool, silk.
No longer available.





"Daffodil".Muffler/Nuno felt.
Silk, merino wool.

No longer available.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

In Touch

If you like to contact me or place an order please write to feltinelli@gmail.com

Please specify color, size, style desired, or simply describe your idea.
You may also describe yours or your friend (or pet) features, so I can design a unique piece that matches personality.
Hand washing is recommended. You can use baby shampoo, or mild olive oil soap.  

Thank you.  
                                                                                                                                                Feltinelli