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Rapt
Fine quality Silk and wool hand dyed and felted scarves and wraps.


India
I was introduced to felting about 6 years ago. For me it brought together a love of textiles with a three dimensional way of working. Wool gave not only the ability to decorate but also to form the silk.
Silk is a fabulously strong,warm lustrous fabric . Wool is in many ways the perfect compliment adding volume, shape and weight.

 

Collection 2

2009 Gallery

Collection 1

2008 Gallery

Process

I started to move toward plant and mineral dyes as a response to the drought in Australia. Even hand dying at home was a terribly water hungry process. Plant and mineral dyeing brings richness to each piece. The plant, where it was found , what time of year, how it was prepared go into making each piece unique. Some silks sit in plant dues for up to a year slowly gaining colour and depth. Plants dyes often act to condition the silk and wool adding to the softness and lustre.
Until recently I have used commercially dyed fleece. I have only just begun to plant dye my own wool and it promises to be as wonderful as dying the silk. All the plant dyes are harvested thoughtfully and using only environmentally safe chemical processes.
Nuno felting is all about space and time and it takes alot of both.
Traditionally fleece is laid on to the silk and then worked together with friction and soapy water. The whole process is quite physical building a surface then working the fibres together till they are strongly bonded.

Care Instructions

Each garment is handmade and hand dyed, many using plant or mineral sourced dyes.
Pure Silk, Superfine Merino wool and some include reclaimed textiles.

It is very safe to wash this garment.
Do not Dry-clean.
Hand wash in cool to warm water.
No Detergents.
Press gently through water, cool water rinse and gently squeeze out any excess. Do not wring.
Reshape if necessary. Dry over two or more lines in shade.

Collection 2

2009 Gallery

Collection 1

2008 Gallery

Process

I started to move toward plant and mineral dyes as a response to the drought in Australia. Even hand dying at home was a terribly water hungry process. Plant and mineral dyeing brings richness to each piece. The plant, where it was found , what time of year, how it was prepared go into making each piece unique. Some silks sit in plant dues for up to a year slowly gaining colour and depth. Plants dyes often act to condition the silk and wool adding to the softness and lustre.
Until recently I have used commercially dyed fleece. I have only just begun to plant dye my own wool and it promises to be as wonderful as dying the silk. All the plant dyes are harvested thoughtfully and using only environmentally safe chemical processes.
Nuno felting is all about space and time and it takes alot of both.
Traditionally fleece is laid on to the silk and then worked together with friction and soapy water. The whole process is quite physical building a surface then working the fibres together till they are strongly bonded.

Care Instructions

Each garment is handmade and hand dyed, many using plant or mineral sourced dyes.
Pure Silk, Superfine Merino wool and some include reclaimed textiles.

It is very safe to wash this garment.
Do not Dry-clean.
Hand wash in cool to warm water.
No Detergents.
Press gently through water, cool water rinse and gently squeeze out any excess. Do not wring.
Reshape if necessary. Dry over two or more lines in shade.

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