Landscape Challenge – Uffington Horse and Some Tiny Abstract Landscapes

Landscape Challenge – Uffington Horse and Some Tiny Abstract Landscapes


I took inspiration, for the ‘Landscape Challenge’, from an old photo of my dad stood in front of ‘The Long Man’ of Wilmington in East Sussex.  The figure is carved into the chalk hill and is approx 235 feet high.

I liked the different colours and curves in the landscape, and at certain times of the year the fields in the middle ground would be brighter colours.


I was also inspired by Ruth to use up stuff that I already had, so out came the scrap box!  I sorted out several pieces of felt of different colours then chopped them into small pieces.

3. chopped bits of fulled felt

I decided to make the landscape first then needle felt the chalk figure on afterwards, so I arranged the coloured pieces – a bit like making a mosaic – on top of four layers of white merino wool.

This technique requires a pair of tweezers and a swear box – moving the little pieces of felt across loose white merino wool fibres is a test of patience and persistence.

4. chopped bits of fulled felt placed onto white merino wool

I felted it all together very carefully so that the pieces didn’t move out of place.  Here is an angled shot after felting showing the texture …

5. angled photo after felting

… and a close up to show the variety of colour made by chopping up bits of felt …

6. close up after felting

… and doesn’t the reverse look pretty?  Quite a strong migration of colour through four layers of white!

7. reverse after felting

I started to tack some white yarn onto the hill to represent the ‘Long Man’ but it didn’t look right – so I needle felted a different chalk figure!

The ‘Uffington White Horse’ in Oxfordshire is the oldest British chalk figure, believed to have been carved in the late bronze or early iron age, approx 3,000 years ago.

The finished size of the coloured area is 42 x 30cm (16.5″ x 12″).

8. Uffington Landscape


Thought I’d do the same as mum after reading Ruth’s post about using things up so I gathered fabric and felt scraps and laid out a piece of felt with lots of blocks and bits that could loosely potentially become landscapes through a viewfinder later.

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One of the more interesting pieces was created by using up all of the frilly edge pieces cut from various bits of felt over the years.

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Do you remember inchies, twinchies and thrinchies?  I don’t know if they are still popular in the craft world but I decided this would be a good way to get lots of abstract landscapes from my piece of felt.  I made a 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch viewfinder from white cardboard (just a piece of card with a square hole cut out).  I cut four 3 inch pieces…

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…then nine 2 inch pieces…

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…then I was down to the scraps so I thought I’d see what I could get out of them.  With a bit of imagination, and possibly a few stitches or a dab of paint, these sixteen 1 inch pieces make cute tiny abstract landscapes too.

scrap_inchies_mosaic - small image

This was a fun little project – a bit like the equivalent of collage and cutting and sticking in a sketchbook.   I might make some more landscapes with more intention later but this was a great play exercise to generate ideas. Simple is good sometimes!

19 thoughts on “Landscape Challenge – Uffington Horse and Some Tiny Abstract Landscapes

  1. Lyn, that certainly took a lot of patience but with fantastic results. You must have spent hours cutting up and placing those pieces. A great idea!

    Annie, your use of scraps is wonderful. You have such a creative imagination even with the tiniest bits. Great job!

    1. Thank you Marilyn – it did take a while but once I start with something textile I don’t notice the time passing.
      Annie does have a wonderful imagination – I keep rubbing shoulders with her in the hope that some will rub off onto me!

  2. I am glad you have such a large amount of scraps to play with Lyn, rather envious, great results, and I still don’t believe you swear……..;-) Annie you have always been a whizz with fabrics, great imagination as ever. Thanks both.

    1. Most of the colourful scraps came from when I was in bowl-making mode, but sadly they’re nearly gone. The swear box probably contains enough to see my grand-daughter through college!
      Annie’s room makes my jaw drop – wonderful colour combos on every surface because she always has several things on the go at once!

  3. Lyn, I love the impressionistic look of your landscape. And the yarn you used for the horse is the perfect texture for the piece. Good for you on using up stuff.

    Annie, what a wonderful use of extra stuff. I love all your little landscapes!

  4. Thank you Ruth. I tried 3 different yarns then I found this one that went well with the texture. Annie certainly has a talent for composition using anything to hand!

  5. Fabulous use of scraps. I love the way the colours mixed on your piece Lyn. Annie, what a great idea to put all those scrap pieces together in to one big piece and then find tiny landscapes in it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, you’ve both done wonders with your scraps producing very creative results.
    Lyn you needed the patience in the tweezer placement at the beginning and Annie your patience was required mostly at the end cutting stage. Will you be stitching into your various ‘chies’?

    My stash of bits box (with the label – ‘they might come in useful sometime for something’) has been building up nicely – you’ve now given me food for thought – thank you both.

  7. Thank you Antje. Using scraps can make you think of making things in a different way and it’s very satisfying!

  8. Thankls, Lyn and Annie, they’re both great pieces! I love your photos, Lyn 🙂 I haven’t heard of ” inchies, twinchies and thrinchies” but Annie’s photos remind me of when I scan a painting to use for prints for greetings cards and end up making loads of different crops from the same large image.

    1. Thank you Zed. We just wish photography didn’t take so long. We both keep snapping away until we get an image that’s as faithful as we see with our eyes – but that means sifting through hundreds of photos!

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