Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More Needle felting

My first attempt at needle felting "in the round". I made each petal individually from red wool roving, then felted on a black roving spot. The next step was to arrange the petals and needle felt them together. I had some merino/silk knitting wool that I wound into a loose ball, then needled until it consolidated into the right shape. This was needled into position. I found that the petals were very flat and quite floppy, so I needled them together lightly until they made more of a cup shape. I am now adding beads to represent stamens. I think maybe I need a few more, and I may, or may not, try to make a leaf.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Needle Felting

I came across these artworks and was inspired. http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/glendafelt.html An email to my younger daughter resulted in the arrival a couple of weeks later of a bag of Merino tops and a handful of felting needles. I'm still experimenting with transferring images to cloth, but a "Touchy-Feelly" theme for a swap led me to using sari silk fibres needlefelted down onto a felt backing.

"Sam Snail" is just felted.

"Fantasy Flower" has additional stitching with a shiny space-dyed-with-felt-tips rayon, and beaded stamens.


Some of the techniques I use elsewhere are creeping into my ATC's. Stitching on card is something to do while watching TV or listening to the radio. I usually prick 3 or 4 layers together during the day when the light is good, then select a graphic to go with the embroidery, and choose thread colours to enhance the graphic. As thread for a card does not have to withstand washing, it is a simple matter to space dye thread with felt tip pens or watercolours.

Here are examples of cards

and an ATC.

Is this Blog thriving on neglect?

...well maybe, maybe not......I'm too busy doing to blog about it!

Here are some ATCs that I remembered to scan before posting.

Christmas Beads and Sequins.

Recycled Christmas.

Digital Spring, composed in PS and printed onto photo paper.
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