Quite a while ago now I posted a picture of a wonderful wool painting. I found out via the artist that is wasn’t a needle felted picture or a wet felted picture but a laid fibre picture. I admired the picture so much that I contacted the artist to ask more about this technique. This was the picture, you may remember it. It is called ‘Elements‘.
‘Laid fibre’ is exactly what is says, basically. The picture is totally created by laying the fibres onto the board and creating a picture. Then you simply place glass on top to hold it all in place. It may sound quite easy, but in theory it does have a drawback. When I and others create a wool picture, we may go on to free motion or hand sew it, or add all sorts of embellishments such as beads etc. The laid fibre technique makes you think a little further, you have to create the picture as a whole, as it cannot be added to in this way, as it essentially, loose fibres. I find it a very satisfying way to work, it feels very ‘calming’.
I have stayed in touch with Penny the fibre artist who inspired me and I am pleased to say we are now great friends. She lives in a rugged part of North of Scotland, Thurso. I am sure we will meet one day. She has been very generous with her tips to get me to this point of my creativity. If you would like to see more of her work, find it here:
I have created a few laid fibre pictures and I am thrilled to say I have sold three of these, the sheep has found a home in the USA.
Sunflowers and Tulips
If you would like to see more of my work you can find me on fb at Tracey Thompson Textiles. Thank you.