Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tunic Response

A month or so ago, I was in Cedar Grove, WI teaching for four days. Had a great time and met some wonderful people. I brought some of my finished works to show them some of the possibilities. One of the questions that comes up is how I made the tunic. This is a typical email from folks who want to know how I did it.
Hi Suzanne, Well, last week I taught my sister-in-law to nuno felt and she is now obsessed with it.  Her very first project was on black silk.  She made peonies and daisies and it turned out gorgeous.  We have ordered more silk and are inviting another friend over tomorrow to do another project.  It really can become addicting and so fun to see what happens.  I really would like to try to make a tunic like you showed us at the workshop.  Do you have any suggestions?  Would I only felt the center section of fabric?  Do you have a photo of your tunic anywhere on the internet?  Anyway, wish you were here to help and to see the enthusiasm that your class has engendered!    Warm regards, Pam 
Iron Mountain, MI

As you know if you are a regular reader here, I cannot sew! and seek to work in uncomplicated lines. My focus this year is on two basic shapes: rectangles and circles. The tunic is one such rectangle.
Here is how I did it:

I laid out the hand dyed silk on my table top with a good amount of fabric, evenly draping off the ends and sides of the table, then nuno felted the table top fabric only. the a hole was cut for the head in the center of the rectangle and it was sewn from waist to arm pit area only. Tie were applied to the back of the tunic so that it can be sized that was. It is pretty simple to has to be, I did it! (Need I say more about that?)

Hope it helps my friends in Iron Mountain and beyond.


WonderWhyGal said...

I was in Allegan with Terri and Melissa this last weekend and we drooled over your creations. I think I may have to purchase your orange shawl....I tried it on again. I love all of the wearable art you create. You have a wonderful just over a month I will see you at Fiber Festival.

Hooked On Felt said...

I am so looking forward to the Fiber Festival. Always a great time!
I love the orange shawl too. The colors just really worked well together. Nuno, it's always a surprise to me to see how it all works together.
See you soon!

Ginny Huber said...

So nice to see this garment, Suzanne! And, lovely that many folks are drooling over them (hopefully) not directly on the materials!!) Have fun at the Fiber Festival!

Mona said...

Thank you so much for these easy instructions on making that lovely tunic. I can't sew either!