Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO FELT?

After experimenting and learning through many books, I have been fortunate to have attended master classes with internationally renowned fibre artists, Katia Mokeyeva, Charity van der Meer and Ariane Mariane. where I have learnt many skills and techniques enabling me to produce very high quality nuno felted garments.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A GARMENT?

This is a really difficult question to answer as it depends on how complex the pattern is, how many layers of fibre, textures and the sheer size of the piece. Felt making is physically demanding as the starting pattern is approximately 50% bigger than the final garment as it shrinks to size.  It can depend on how I’m feeling as the ‘fulling’ stage where the garment begins to shrink, can be a long process and takes it toll on the back. There are many different stages in the process, each phase in the making is very enjoyable and I like to take my time so I can experiment with colour and textures allowing each unique piece to evolve.

HOW LONG DO COMMISSIONED PIECES TAKE?

Depending on my work schedule and the size of the garment requested, clients need to allow for up to 12 weeks before their order is completed.

HOW DURABLE ARE THE GARMENTS AND HOW DO I WASH THEM?

The garments need to be treated very carefully and I provide the following care instructions with each of my pieces.

Care Instructions

Your garment comprises of the following:

Merino wool, ramie plant fibres, hand dyed paj & margilan silk.

Nuno-felt doesn’t get dirty easily. If you get a dirty mark, rub it gently with a damp flannel then dry with a towel.

 

Washing instructions:

Hand wash separately, in Luke warm water using a mild detergent or baby shampoo.

Reshape while damp and dry flat.

Iron if necessary on the wool or silk setting.

 

DO NOT:

Tumble-dry or dry clean.

 

Pilling may appear after extended wear. This is inevitable with wool products over time, but the addition of plant fibres in the making of your garment will reduce this ‘bobbling’ effect.

 To get rid of odours after a few wears and to ‘refresh’ your garment, simply hang it in the bathroom when taking a bath or shower. The steam allows the wool fibers to breathe and dispel any body odours. Then hang your garment in a well ventilated area (by an open window) but away from direct sunlight.

 The silk and/or fibres are hand dyed and colours may fade and change a little over time.

ENJOY YOUR UNIQUE PIECE OF

DEBORAH IRVINE

WEARABLE ART

FELTMAKER

WEARABLE ART

SLOW FASHION

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