Progress on My Shelter Exhibition Piece
I made some progress on my exhibition piece with the theme of Shelter. If you don’t follow my Permutations in Fiber blog, you might have missed the post about felting the umbrella. Take a quick look at that post first and this one will make more sense. I showed you the green nuno felt that I made for Ann’s challenge and it got put to good use.
This was the scary part, cutting up the two pieces of nuno felt that I made. I was unsure if I really had enough fabric. I needed four triangles all together. The red pattern piece is the original fabric from the umbrella. I decided to let the bottom edges be uneven to make my tree less uniform.
Here is the first piece cut into four sections. They were definitely not all the same size but I decided not to stress about perfection as it wouldn’t be that noticeable later. I also cut up the second piece of nuno felt into four triangles.
Then I sewed all eight pieces together. And put it on my felted umbrella frame. It is not stitched down to the frame yet because I still need to felt the base of the tree and make roots for it. I will save the stitching down of the “leaves” until last.
Here’s a little closer view. I really like the different textures and colors of green.
But this is actually my favorite view. I love seeing the light come through the thinner parts of the nuno felt, the felted branches and being under the “shelter”. Next part to work on is roots and covering the base.
14 thoughts on “Progress on My Shelter Exhibition Piece”
Hover scissors over handmade felt and yes, it’s a scary moment!
I love the view from underneath – just like laying on your back in the grass on a sunny summer’s day and looking up through the canopy of a tree. Wonderful.
Thanks Lyn. Then when you look at the line you cut and it’s nowhere near straight, shudder…
So creative. This is just beautiful. I love trees in general so this is a very special piece to behold. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Nan – I love trees too. I use them for inspiration all the time.
Great tree top Ruth. I love the way light plays through thin felt and nuno felt. I like the way you have branches in the felt too. It makes the umbrella branches look less umbrella like.
That light shining through the various layers is my favorite part too. I agree about the branches, that was my hope and it worked out well 🙂
Beautiful! I can’t wait to see the final piece. I can imagine cutting that piece was a little scary. Great job!
Thanks Marilyn – I hope the final rendition is what I envisioned 🙂
You’re welcome! Have fun!
It’s looking great, Ruth 🙂
I bet you’re happy that such an adventurous plan worked out just how you wanted it, or even better 🙂
Thanks Zed – it was adventurous now that you mention it. But what the heck, just go for it, right?