Third Quarter Challenge – Part 2

I showed you my ideas, concepts and sketches for my cityscape last week. Now on to the felting.

First I needed to make some prefelt for the buildings. I had a mixed brown batt already in my stash so I decided to use that as the buildings in my inspiration photos were variegated brown.

Once I got the brown wool to prefelt stage, I let it dry and then used my sketch to make pattern shapes for the buildings. I used tracing paper to trace the shapes and then cut them out of the prefelt. This is when my perspective began to go wonky.

I found a piece of hand dyed silk in my stash that looked like night sky. I put that over a piece of commercial white prefelt and then laid down the black base, trees and prefelt building shapes. I thought they were well positioned for the perspective I needed but with felting they must have shifted slightly.

Here it is after felting. The buildings are getting wonkier. There is a reason that I don’t usually felt man made designs. I have difficulty keeping the perspective correct and as I progressed in this process, they just seemed to get more and more off as I went. But I had hopes that with the addition of windows and doors, this would improve.

I did fold the extra silk fabric to the back and hand stitch it in place. This gives the edge a more finished look.

I eyeballed where the windows and doors should go and tried to get the perspective correct with them. But that didn’t really work out so well. In hindsight, it might have worked better to stitch my lines for the wooden siding first and then added the windows and doors afterward.

Next week, I will show you the machine stitching and the finishing technique I used to get a starry sky. If you have created a cityscape, please go over to the forum and post it here. 

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10 Responses to Third Quarter Challenge – Part 2

  1. Mary Stori says:

    Terrific Ruth!!

  2. annielynrosie says:

    We love wonky Ruth! The silk works so well as a night sky behind the trees and lovely buildings. We’d like to see your technique for the starry sky.

  3. It’s coming along nicely Ruth. My last cityscape was wonky too. I look forward to seeing it finished.

  4. It can be very frustrating when things move. have you tried realigning them with a felting needle? Laying it almost flat and poking the edge toward where you want it? Might let you fix your perspective a bit.

  5. Antje says:

    Ruth it is a ghost town so wonky is fine – it just adds to the atmosphere. Love what you’ve done so far and looking forward to your explanation of creating a starry sky.

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