Process of making a Nuno Felted Vest.

This is the first time I’ve tried to make a felted garment other than slippers or boots.

The first step was to take the measurements of a vest that fits well and the add 30% to allow for shrinkage.
I made the template from flooring underlay.

Template for hand felted Vest

Template for hand felted Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I laid out the wool for the inside layer using maroon merino and hand painted merino for the waistline, hem and centre front.

Inside layout front of vest

Inside layout front of vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I covered the inside layer with cotton scrim and covered that with the top layer of black merino with the hand-painted wool at the waist, hem and centre front.

Layout for Nuno Felted Vest

Outside layer of Hand felted Vest Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I placed more of the underlay for the pockets and covered that with more black merino.

Pocket template for hand felted vest

Pocket template for hand felted vest

 

 

 

 

Now for the soapy water, rubbing, rolling and fulling.

Stay tuned to see how my Nuno felted vest turns out!