Summer Sunrise – Nuno Felt Landscape

I have been working on a set of nuno felted and stitched landscapes and I have finished another one. This one I am currently calling Summer Sunrise unless I come up with a better name.

Here’s how the piece looked after nuno felting. It reminded me of flowers so I thought I would go in that direction with the landscape. I googled Montana wildflowers at sunrise and found several photos to use as guidance and inspiration.

I started by free motion machine stitching a line of mountains and some tall, skinny pine trees.

I added a few lines of grasses so the trees didn’t feel like they were floating.

Then to add a few mid-ground lupines. I just kept moving down the piece as I created these from background to foreground.

Then the lupines needed a little greenery and leaves. Now on to the main attraction, the foreground flowers.

I created the foreground flowers and leaves with hand dyed silk organza. I fused them together and then fused them to the surface of the nuno felt. Here’s where I forgot to take many photos. I get involved in the process and forget all about taking any photos.

Here’s a midway photo. I used free motion machine stitching to add the details and lines. I kept layering and stitching the flowers and leaves.

After I got the two large leaves applied at the very bottom, I felt that they were too bright green and really drew your eye right to the bottom of the picture. So I decided to darken them up more. I added darker thread but ultimately, they were still too bright. So I used oil pastels to tone down the bright green.  I also used oil pastels in the mountains just to give a little bit more definition of the mountains in the distance. So this one is complete and I’m still working on the slow stitch one. I will have an update on that one next week.

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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13 Responses to Summer Sunrise – Nuno Felt Landscape

  1. It’s awesome! I did some felting years ago but never with this skill and detail.

  2. Jackie B says:

    Beautiful work. I love the combination of felting, machine embroidery and appliqué. Gives the piece amazing texture.

  3. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    Lovely picture, Ruth. Great perspective and a lovely sense of early morning in the mountains.

  4. annielynrosie says:

    Very atmospheric and beautiful.

    It’s so easy to forget the camera when you’re ‘in the zone’.

  5. Beautiful, evocative work Ruth….a year ago I had the pleasure of trekking amongst the wildflowers in the Central Mongolian steppes. This puts me back there!!! Thankyou

  6. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Beautiful colors, very rich yet subtle. Love the layout and can’t wait to see it after your stitching magic. Have fun!

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