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.
This is a lovely part of the Island – Naracoopa – on the east coast of King Island. This scene is looking south towards Lover’s Lane on a calm sunny day. Again, layers of wool roving were lightly needled – just enough to hold to the base of white felt. Some torn strips of sari silk were added to look like tuffs of grasses amongst the rocks.
This one was a challenge and I could not get it right. Can’t count the number of times I put fleece on then took fleece off. The photos don’t reflect that, but they show how different it finished up after some playing.
Here is the finished item:
Here is the process:
Fleece layered and lightly wet felted
Some needle felting and embroidery. Note the cottage
Now, when I look back, part of me likes the above image before I had to mess with it, especially the sky and sea, although the house looks kind of cutsey. The tree in the foreground is wrong . Anyway, it is now framed (without the cottage). Honest feedback much appreciated. You know when you work on something so long and can no longer be objective in assessing your own work? That’s me. Help needed!!!
Just completed this ‘painting’ in wool fleece. It depicts some of the rugged coastline on King Island and was very challenging. In real time it is better viewed from a distance, but that is hard to simulate with a photo.
The base is a piece of white wool felt (commercial) and then the different coloured fleece are layered to create a picture. The options after that are to embellish with machine embroidery etc but I didn’t do that this time.
As I progress I keep everything in place using The Fabulous Felt-O-Matic – a handmade needle-felting tool that has 36 needles fixed into a frame work which is pressed down on in a spring set-up. Hard to explain, so here is the link to Dianne Stott’s blog showing her unique invention.
Unfelted wool fleece - 18x20 unframed
Felt Painting - without the tiny needle marks - sprayed with soapy water and lightly felted using cordless sander
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.