Happy holidays everyone and to those who celebrate, Merry Christmas!
As we wind down for the year and start planning for next year, I’ve decided to share my final project from Fiona Duthie’s Surface Design class. My intention is to use it as a reminder of incorporating more of these techniques in my felt work going forward.
I didn’t set out to use a specific number of techniques, but let the picture dictate which ones to use. We learned many more than I used here.
I started with making a bridge using the lace technique and decorated it with pencil roving and stitching with yarn on the top to create a handrail on top and matching decoration below.
I added the cracked mud/tile effect to the ends of the bridge.
The water is fabric manipulation using some silk habotoi with some shadowing under the bridge. The hills in the background were prefelt cut outs with silk embellishments for texture. I also used pencil roving to define the shoreline in the distance.
On the beach is a tree trunk made using the shibori and carving techniques then added beads, cotton batting and gems as inclusions under silk gauze. I used silk and locks for the water rushing over the sand and to embellish the sky. There is a 3D water lily on the waters edge.
I also added loops on the back to be able to hang the picture. I debated straightening the edges, but decided I like the organic edges. While its not gallery material, I enjoyed making it and am proud to hang it in my family room.
The class was fun and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their felting techniques in a classroom setting working at your own pace.
What projects or techniques are on your list to try next year?