Recently I have been working on creating felted textile pictures to put in my shop. I had never thought I would be making felt of any description, it just didn’t really appeal. Then I discovered felt art pictures and nuno felting and cobweb felting. There are some really talented felt art artists out there like Moy Mackay who wrote this book to allow us mere mortals in on her secrets so that we can attempt our own felt art: Art in Felt and Stitch: Creating Beautiful Works of Art Using Fleece, Fibres and Threads. Some of the nuno felting and cobweb felting scarves people have shared online are just awe inspiring.
Wet felting is really, really hard work, but I love it. It’s got everything, colour, texture, creativity, wool fibre, embroidery (both machine and hand) and it saves me from going to the gym – not that I ever intended to do that anyway.
These two are based on local Cornish scenes. The first one features the lighthouse at Godrevy with thrift and corn coloured grasses growing on the cliff and the second one is the engine house at Chapel Porth near St Agnes with bright purple heather in bloom on the cliff. I just love the different blues, greens and turquoises in the sea. I lined both of these with calico and sewed a ring on the back so that they can hang on the wall, but they would also look very effective framed under glass (I just wouldn’t want to risk putting them in the post like that).
This one was inspired by the gorgeous paua shells which you find strewn about the beaches in New Zealand. This seems amazing to me as the shells on our Cornish beaches are very tiny and less colourful in comparison. I have sewn it to some mount board ready to be framed.
Very different again is this field of foxgloves. I enjoyed the free motion machine embroidery on this one and decided to sew pockets to the back to enable it to be hung with a piece of doweling. This could easily be removed allowing the picture to be framed. Again, it just makes it easier to post.
These were all fun to make and they are looking lovely decorating my walls until they have a new home to go to.
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