This is a felt painting that’s a little different from my usual bright ones, but I really like the moody colours and sunlight hitting the bird.
The gull was needle-felted separately onto another piece of thin felt then cut out and placed on the background. The brighter whites are bamboo fibre and the swirls in the sea are pieces of mohair yarn. This one came together whilst I was at my local monthly craft group and I think most of it was done subconsciously because I was a real motor-mouth that day and we all laughed and chatted and ate whilst working. A good thing because it wasn’t over-worked.
I am really enjoying this felt painting thing. And I really like this one. Not supposed to say that about my own work, I know, but my mojo has been on an extended holiday and it is nice to have it back. After an exhibition in November 2010 I have not been able to paint or draw to my satisfaction. This is not an unusual thing, except it seemed to last such a long time. It was the main reason I started focusing on felting and it is challenging to create a ‘painterly’ effect.
The next one is totally different and it was taken from a photo of a little oasis amongst the dry fields.
This is a picture I completed earlier in the year and I was really happy with the sense of movement in the ti trees. North of the island there are a few Cape Barren Geese, but they are not always easy to find. This one has been framed.
Along with the rugged coastline and crashing waves that are common on King Island, we also have days of total stillness and tranquility. these are the days when the soft turquoise blue of the sea is magical.
This felted painting shows some of those colours.
Wool rovings layered onto piece of white commercial wool felt - 16"x14" unframed
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.
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!
Red felted necklace with embroidery and beads
Felted, embroidered and beaded necklace
Necklace made with merino and silk fleece and beaded, on antique-look chain
Felted merino/cashmere and silk hat with plaited leather band and pheasant feathers
Felted bag incorporating hand-dyed silk pieces and Japanese silk lining. Button made from dried kelp by Sally Marsden
Needle-felted merino fleece
Brooch made from oyster shell with beaded felt ‘pearl’
First post of a new blog – what a momentous day! for me, anyway.
I am determined not to be a waffler. Straight to the point and no self-indulgence. Well, maybe just a little!
Felting has been a focus for about a year now and here are some completed works. Maybe just one for today. Having trouble uploading. More to come
Needle-felted Penguins – 5 inches tall – on a felted base with real and felted rocks and tiny shells. SOLD
The penguins on King Island are easily accessible to the public. If one is quiet as they come ashore and covers the torch with red cellophane, they will walk right over you to get to their chicks. Once when I had white socks on and black slip-on shoes, the mother penguin got confused and started to regurgitate her dinner for her chick, thinking my shoe was it. Wish I took that photo.