‘The Felting and Fiber Forum’ devise quarterly challenges to encourage us all to have a go at developing our fibre skills – there’s no entry fee, no judging, nor any prize money! But there’s the potential for experimentation and fun and anyone can join in by simply posting a photo of their challenge piece on the forum.
This year the theme for the challenges will be ‘scapes’ and the first quarter challenge is ‘landscapes’.
The size of your landscape doesn’t matter – it can be postcard size or ten feet high or anywhere in between.
It doesn’t have to be wall art – your landscape could feature on a cushion or your comfy slippers or a greetings card.
Your landscape can be realistic or abstract and you can use whatever fibre skills and materials you like.
Here are a few landscapes made in different ways:
Jan used needle felting to make this snowy landscape. She describes how she made it in this blog post.
Ruth used mixed media – left-over pieces of handmade felt, yarn and hand-stitching – to create this landscape. To read more about it please see this blog post.
Annie used free motion machine stitching on pieces of handmade felt to make a mini-landscape tea-light cover…
…and this tiny, quirky landscape. It’s just 10cm x 10cm (4″x 4″). The background was felted using handmade pre-felts and nepps.
Tracey used wool fibres to make the background to her landscape then added details with pre-felts, free motion machine stitching, needle-felting and hand embroidery. Tracey describes the making of her landscape in this blog post.
Zed made this landscape using loose wool fibers to create the background then added foreground embellishments of kapok, silk, trilobal nylon, viscose and nepps. Read about the making of this landscape in more detail in this blog post
Karen added simple stitching to a piece of her handmade nuno-felt to create this landscape. Karen writes about her experience with nuno felt in this blog post.
We hope these lovely felty pieces have inspired you to have a go at this challenge! It would be great to see some new landscapes on the forum.