Shades of Green – Nuno Felt with Applique

In my Level 3 Stitch class, we are working on applique this session. After creating an applique using silk organza, I decided I wanted to see if I could combine a nuno felted background with silk organza applique. I thought the texture of the nuno would contrast well with the smoothness of the silk organza.

I created the nuno background with some deconstructed screen printed silk and a piece of white prefelt. I stitched the edges of silk that didn’t adhere down completely on to the back of the felt to give a neater edge (right hand photo). I also shaved and removed any large white pieces of wool on the surface of the silk. This piece immediately made me think of the woods, now on to the applique.

I used the background to help figure out the tree shapes and placement. Here is the silk organza trees laid over the background.

I basted the trees in place and stitched with tiny stitches trying to avoid fraying the silk organza as I went. The photo on the left shows the piece partially stitched with the basting lines still in place on the right side. The right photo is when the trees were completely stitched down. I used a stab stitch and machine weight thread.

Here’s a close up of the tiny stitches. (Click on any photo to see a larger version.)

Next, I started working on the path. I wanted to have a vague path but not something that overpowered the rest of the composition. So I used a variety of green threads with running stitch to create the path. But in the midst of stitching, I kept finding my eye drawn to the black dots over the bottom portion and then in a straight line up into the sky. What to do?

I considered adding stitching to diffuse the black dots but decided in the end to cover them with a paint pen and markers. I have no problem mixing my media, so I used a white paint pen and then covered the white with green marker. I definitely think that helped to take that line of dots away and emphasize the path more. I also added a bit more darkness with black marker so that there wouldn’t be such a straight line of “ground” at the base of the trees.

Next was the decision, leaves or no leaves? I tried a bunch of different types of fabric and ended up using black and green tulle cut into pieces with a layer of green sheer pieces over that. In this photo, the leaves haven’t been stitched down.

Here is the completed piece. It is hard to see the subtleties in a photo but I am pleased with the result. It reminds me of walking in the woods at dusk as the shadows deepen and perhaps you can hear the owls saying good evening.

 

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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18 Responses to Shades of Green – Nuno Felt with Applique

  1. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    Lovely atmospheric picture, Ruth & an excellent combination of felting and appliqué

  2. Very atmospheric! Love it

  3. Patricia says:

    A lovely wander through the woodland glade ! I think the leaves on the trees are just right .
    Great picture and thank you for the encouragement to experiment .

  4. annielynrosie says:

    Mixed media is fun! The path draws your eye through the woods and it’s certainly a walk at dusk…makes you wonder what’s at the end of the path? And will you get there before it’s dark? Well executed piece!

  5. It worked really well. I liked it before the leaves but it was a bit foreboding. I has a happier feel with the leaves. I like it more that way.

  6. tesivaara says:

    Oh my, this reminds me of the woods where I used to walk my dog. Kind of scary at dusk. The silk organza applique is so delicate as well as those tiny stitches!

  7. Flextiles says:

    Definitely less foreboding with the leaves! I really admire your experiments with mixed media – so much to explore. 🙂

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Kim! I just experiment to create what I need for a particular piece and I don’t discriminate against trying ‘out there’ options.

  8. Karen Lane says:

    Very atmospheric….love the muted colour scheme.

  9. Lovely and mysterious!

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