Needle Felted Landscape Workshop Feb. 2020 part 2

Needle Felted Landscape Workshop Feb. 2020 part 2

When we were last chatting about the workshop we had got the students to the point where the image had been transferred to the felt and they were beginning to work on it.

As with other painting mediums, I had them work from the background towards the foreground. This is common in pastel, and often seen in Oil or Watercolour painting. You can lay-in the required colour by hand blending your fibre then checking it against your reference photo.  The students discovered that very little fibre could affect a significant colour change in the resulting blended fibre.


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7-10) laying in the background then working forward.

One student using her own picture decided that the figure in the foreground was unnecessary for her landscape and after much debating removed him.


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11-12) Re-editing image and checking with phone

Kim’s lighthouse image was mostly blues and a bit more challenging. It was a photo taken at dusk, so the colours become more subdued.


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13-17) the progression of the light house

One student chose the round hay bales picture I had also done.


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18-22) Winter hay bales progress as more detail is added

Another chose the sheep in a snowstorm shot. It was vary painterly! The sheep are suggestions hidden behind the grasses amongst the snow.


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23-25) sheep in snow behind branches

The alpaca picture was coming along nicely.  When I checked again it had suddenly gone from 5×7 to the full size of the frame without the mat! (That is twice the felting space of the other pictures.) I like the tree details she was developing.

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26-27 Alpaca in progress and finished

The students did very well with their pictures and even had time for a relaxing lunch break! It was fun to see them putting the frames on their pieces, which always makes it more of an artistic statement rather than just bits of fluffs of wool.


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28-34) the students framing their finished paintings!

One student was having so much fun she started her second picture on the remaining half of the wool felt.


35) One student was starting another picture at the end of the workshop

This was a fun workshop to teach and the students seem to have had fun too. I still have 3 workshops full of 3D felted sheep coming up this spring. They will be scheduled when we have a classroom available and I am back to fully healthy again.  (ok March has got to be an improvement on January and February Right?) I hope you avoid the flu, both the imported and domestic varieties and instead have lots of fun felting!

12 thoughts on “Needle Felted Landscape Workshop Feb. 2020 part 2

    1. Thanks Ruth, it was so much fun to see the Ah Ha moments happen. i think we will have a few new Felters who will continue to create.

  1. Looks like a great class and the work your students made is very impressive. They’re clearly having lots of fun and seem delighted with their pictures. What more could you want?!

    1. Thanks Lindsay! i was vary impressed again with how quickly the students got the idea of painting with wool and how well they interpreted the images to felt. getting the image into a mat and frame really seemed to impress the students. there pictures were all vary good. especially when you realize some of them had never felted before.

  2. All the pictures are amazing! Your students look deservedly pleased with their work – great class – thank you for sharing this lovely art with us.

    1. It was so much fun to watch them discover how much fun it was to paint with wool. i was really impressed with there pieces and am hopeful most will continue in felting.

    1. Thanks Marilyn, they worked vary well and quite fast we had time for a name tag, a 5×7 picture and an unrushed Lunch brake! i hope i get to teach this again, i have to get suplys to replace the ones thay used but it was a lot of fun.

  3. Your students look so delighted with their beautiful works….and you have taught them Valuable skills (colour blending, background to foreground etc) that are transferable. Kudos to you Jan.

    1. Thanks Antje, thay did seem vary pleased and also seemed to be haveing a lot of fun.

      i find that you can take info from one activity and often find a way to aply it to another. (except for spelling, ask my english teacher the year the french teacher tryed to get me to read and right in french – no you cant have 3 vowls together in eglish even if the french teacher says its fine). having been able to try many difernt things helps when you try something new. it gives you ideas you can try in difernt mediums or ways of doing somthing in one method that may work in another meduim.

      i think pastels is the easyest way to think about painting with wool. then add a bit of arcilic painting to get the blending for colour. then add embelishments with other meduims, embrider, beeding, inclution of found objects… if you feel inclined!

      even as a sculptural medium felt is fantastic, it is both additive like clay and subtractive like stone! We have the Best Medium Ever!!!

    1. Thanks Ann! i would be honered and nervis! you already make amazing paintings in wool! you just showed me another one today. i hope my students had as much fun as i have had at your hat workshop, which i have taken many times. (was it 5 or 6 times for your hat class) and i will eventualy do wet felting while keeping perfectly dry and come out with anothe werd hat! which i will have enjoyed making emencely!

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