Second Quarter Stephenson Challenge

I’ve been working on the challenge on and off for a couple of months.  My first impulse was to chose his Blue Vertigo. 

blue vertigoI made some batts and used them to make the circular design. I pulled strips off the batt and laid them out.  Then added bits of colors as needed.

batts design of purple





StephensonThis piece worked out well, but I wanted to try another of his watercolor like pieces.  So, the next one was based on his Purple Rooftop. 

purple rooftop

I used some black pencil roving in the middle, a black background underneath in the center of the piece to help shadow the reflection in the pond and some mulberry silk for a reflective effect.  Unfortunately, the purple wasn’t as obvious in mine after felting.

Stephenson 1Stephenson’s Green Love reminded me of the carving technique I learned in Fiona’s class, so I wanted to try that, too.


The background is black prefelt and with a white center of merino over cotton batting and some of the radiating lines with different colored roving.  The carvings weren’t as wide, but I like the effect.

Stephenson 3a Stephenson 3








I enjoyed the challenge and the variety of techniques I was able to use to achieve the different effects.  Have you done the challenge yet?






This entry was posted in Challenges and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to Second Quarter Stephenson Challenge

  1. Leonor says:

    Well done, Marilyn! My favourite has to be the first one – I’m in a blue phase for some reason 🙂

  2. Lyn says:

    You’ve been busy! I like them all (the blues in the first one are delicious and the white sheen on the second one really sets off the other colours) but I really love the third one (carvings) it’s superb!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! Yes, the carvings are always like opening a gift and finding a surprise. Even though you know what colors you laid out, after felting you never know how they will look when you them cut open. I laid out a couple of the cutoffs and needle felted them in place to fill in.

  3. luvswool says:

    You certainly were ambitious on this Second Quarter Challenge! All three of them are terrific.
    Will these pieces be wall-hangings, pillow covers…?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Cathy! They will likely be wall hangings. I’m not sure.

  4. Great peices Marilyn. the firs one does seem to sink into the center like looking down a tornado. I like the second one, do you think if you shaved it a bit the silk and purple would come up again? the last one is my favourite you have used the carving technique to great advantage. I thought the white in the center was a hole when I first saw it.

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Ann! I can try shaving it although it’s not really hairy. I think I didn’t use enough purple. The mulberry silk does have a nice sheen to it. The carvings are fun and it seemed to lend itself io this particular painting style. Thanks for giving us this challenge it was a lot of fun!

  6. I have been working on exhibits for the upcoming shows that I am in and have not tried to do the challenges, but I have enjoyed seeing all the posts about them. One of the things about fiber is that the texture can overwhelm the details. I seem to prefer simplistic designs in fiber. I like your radiating lines done with the roving on your first picture, better than the second. Just my opinion. You know more about felt than I do and photos don’t always give a true depiction of things.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Judy! The blue one did turn out better than the second. It is very hard to get subtle details in felt. I liked his Purple Rooftop, but couldn’t reproduce it in felt. That’s ok, it’s just my interpretation, it’s fun trying. It is hard to get a real depiction with photos, but then sometimes, the photos look better.

  7. Nada says:

    Well done, Marilyn. You came very close to the original, I especially like the first one and the third one. As you already said, it was not only a challenge to replicate the picture in felt but an opportunity to a new technique that you’ve learned..

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Nada! Yes, learning new techniques opens up a lot of new possibilities and fun.

  8. ruthlane says:

    Wow Marilyn – three challenge pieces 🙂 Your interpretations turned out really well and it’s great that you tried different types of techniques with each one. Looking forward to the third quarter challenge!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Ruth! I love to experiment. The third quarter challenge is just around the corner. 🙂

  9. koffipot says:

    Great stuff Marilyn! 🙂 Especially like “Green Love”

  10. zedster66 says:

    These are all great Marilyn! I love the second one, but they’re all great. I think this has been the most popular challenge so far, good choice, Ann!

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Zed! I like that everyone liked at least one of them. Now the pressure is on for the third quarter. 🙂

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.