Felted Vest

At the King Island Felting Group on Saturday, I started this vest, laying the merino/silk lap over black tissue silk. Had to bring it home to felt it as I was using my new cordless sander and it was very noisy.  Sunday saw it finished and the sander was great – much kinder on my shoulders.  Here is the result.

felted vest using cordless sander to felt

Close-up of felted vest

‘What’s Real’ series of Drawings

This is a series I completed for a joint exhibition. They were so much fun to do and it was hard to stop and move on to something else.  The let-down after my first exhibition was something that took me by surprise and it seemed as if my creativity just drained away.    Hope you enjoy viewing them.

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of leaping frog

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of chickens coming to life off the page

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of blue wrens coming to life off the page

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of seagull coming to life

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of rejected tiger drawing coming to life

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D drawing of horse calling to picture of other horses

Graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Liz Butcher 3D pencil drawing of cow trying to lick the pencil out of the hand that is drawing him

Graphite pencil and prismacolor pencils on 185g smooth watercolour paper

Nearly Finished! Obstacle Course for Fish

Added a few bits of wool roving under the tulle then machine embroidered. Not sure whether I will frame it or put a binding on and make a wall hanging.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile painting with fish

Finished free-machine embroidery

This last addition came from out of the blue! (excuse the pun). I didn’t like the net dulling over the colours so I burnt it off with a heat gun. this didn’t damage the underneath part because the net is nylon and the rest is cotton. However, the burn off looked messy so I found some orange nylon organza and stitched over that onto my picture. Then I burnt this as well.

The result – it’s stuffed!!  Who wants to look at a picture of foul sea water obscuring the scene?

Maybe I’ll start drawing again.

BTW, I accidently hit the like button – I’m not really that vain.

Liz Butcher's underwater textile scene

Our decaying system

Christmas Present Sewing

Thought I would get a jump on making a few Christmas presents this year, but the time is approaching fast and I have only made three items. This one is about A4 size and will be titled, Obstacle Course For Fish. Not very inspiring, I know, but only had 30 secs to think of it.

I used fusible web to attach the pieces – no overlapping required, hence no turned under seams – then put fine white tulle over the top and now I will jazz it up with free-machine embroidery.  Here’s hoping I don’t overdo it (my usual style).

Stay tuned for the next stage.

Underwater play

Finished fusing fabric to background

 

 

Sea Greens

Fine tulle over top

 

 

Fish Playground

Close-up image of tulle over fabric - it dulls the colours a little but not too much

More Felted Works

These are a few of the pieces I have been experimenting with.  We have a small felting group on the Island and we play around with new ideas.  We have all tried hats and shawls and bags and boots. It is so addictive!