Nuno felting is a fiber-art process of bonding layers of different fabrics together to build up infinite combinations of color, texture and designs into new, finished fabrics. Nuno felting, originally believed to have been designed by a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, was named from the Japanese word Nuno, meaning cloth. Felting wool is an ancient craft from which people have crafted fabrics forever, but Nuno felting uses dissimilar fibers to create unlimited fabric combinations.
Nuno Felting occurs by designing the wool patterns on top of the silk base fabric and then pressing and agitating the wool into and through its base fabric. The silk base and the wool designs are then permanently bonded as the applied wool is shrunken and locks onto the silk base fabric during the final steps of the process.
Nuno felting creates an extremely versatile fabric that can be made in many weights and accommodate many different uses. The Nuno felted fabrics can be extremely lightweight, in contrast to traditional wool felting techniques. Layering multiple layers onto the base fabric allows for heavier fabrics to be made that are suitable for all kinds of garments and conditions.
Lana has learned the craft mostly by experimentation. She is constantly looking for new fibers and working them into her art to learn new techniques. Each piece is a handmade work of art, and no two pieces are alike.