3D Felt Landscape

3D Felt Landscape

I sold three of my landscape pieces in March and I need to get more down to the gallery shop soon. So I took five pieces to be framed and I needed to make a few smaller pieces to go in ready made frames. The first one was easy, I made a replica of the holiday exchange card of winter time birch trees. I wrote a post about creating it here.

Here’s the second version. I forgot that I had used two layers of prefelt for the birch trees so they weren’t as white this time. But to me, it just makes it look colder!

Then I needed another idea. I have been watching some artist spotlight videos on the Youtube channel Fibre Arts Take Two and had seen one about the felt maker Kristy Kun. There were several short segments in the video that showed a bit about her process which looked interesting.

Then I walked by this small piece in our living room that I created in Level 3 Art and Design. It’s made with paint, gel medium and cardboard. Perhaps I could recreate this design in felt? And I could attempt some three dimensional felt on the horizon line with a similar method to the video I had just watched.

I first laid out wool in similar colors as the original. I should have noticed at this point that the horizon line was too close to the center vertically but I missed that.

Then I laid out some strips of the dark red and black mixed together in different sizes.

Then I began felting. I only wanted to go to the prefelt stage with both of these elements. The red bits reminded me of bacon the entire time I was felting.

The strips seemed too wide for what I had in mind, so I folded them in half lengthwise and ironed them. Once I figured out what I wanted the arrangement to look like, I began stitching them in place. I used a thread that would blend in so I wouldn’t need to take it out.

Suddenly, I remembered that I was supposed to needle felt these in place before stitching. No worries, I went ahead and needle felted the already stitched pieces and kept going.  Once everything was in place, I felted everything together. I spent a lot of time rubbing the strips in place and making sure that they were holding on to the background felt. I even tried a little underwater felting as I had seen in the video.

Here is the end result. I am happy with how it came out and it is well attached between the strips and the background. It didn’t shrink down as much as I wanted so I will need to find a bit larger frame for it. And I might remove a bit of the bottom to make the horizon line a bit lower. It was a fun experiment and hopefully, someone will love it and take it home.

Post edited to add final photo.

Here is the final photo of the piece in it’s frame. I did trim a bit off the bottom to change the horizon line a little. The frame is 8″ x 10″.

20 thoughts on “3D Felt Landscape

  1. I think I’d be tempted to remove a bit of the top of the picture and raise the horizon. Then maybe add some grasses or something to one corner at the bottom. (I’d say the LH side for balance) You could try making a paper ‘frame’ and moving it up and down to decide which you prefer.

    1. Thanks Nancy! I had already cut off a portion of the bottom and put it in a frame. I edited the post with that photo at the bottom. But thanks for the suggestion, that would have worked too.

  2. What can be done with wool is mind boggling. I never knew about felting until I met Ann, then I found about creating images using wool, and now dimensional creations. Wool is really a wonder in the right hands. What wonderful images you have made Ruth, really extraordinary.

    1. Thanks Bernadette! It is mind boggling all the possibilities. That’s why it’s such fun to try new things and ideas and keep asking “what if?”.

  3. This is so beautiful Ruth and thank you for describing your process in such detail. The horizontal 3D is so close together I’m thinking that the wet felting process must have been very challenging. I love it! can I ask what size the piece is?

    Are you familiar with the work of interior designers Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier (Italian and Dutch respectively)? Their work is very large scale. I had the pleasure of meeting them once. Here’s a link to Claudio’s site http://claudiovarone.com/felt-for-architecture.

    I have just checked out that channel on YouTube. It looks very interesting so I have just subscribed.

    1. Thanks Helene! It was a bit challenging for the horizontal 3D part but since it was stitched in, I was able to work carefully and not move anything. I did edit the post and add a photo of the piece in the frame. The frame is 8″ x 10″ so the piece is slightly smaller.

      I think I have seen Anneke Copier’s work before but not the two combined. Thanks for the link. Cool large scale pieces.

      The Fibre Art Takes Two channel has some interesting videos with a variety of artists. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Love that you shared this piece and process – to inspire us. I think it turned out amazingly and it is inspiring me to be more adventurous in my work. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Linda! I hope you will try some new things with your work. I love to experiment and ask “what if?” so it’s great that my process inspires others to do the same.

  5. Yes, the birch trees do look colder and it’s a beautiful picture.

    Trimming the bottom was a good move as the horizon looks right a bit lower and the red is perfect – lovely colour and texture. The dark frame makes the picture ‘pop’ so it will probably not be in the gallery for long!

  6. Congrats on selling some work.
    I agree with Lynn the birch tree picture really conveys cold & frosty!

    Love your bacon lamelli picture 🤪 very sculptural yet delicate….you worked your magic on it.
    Thanks for showing us all the final framed piece, I too hope it flies into its forever home very soon.

    1. Thanks Antje! I took everything down yesterday so fingers crossed. It was funny how much it looked like bacon. Thankfully, after it was attached, not so much 😉

  7. Thanks for sharing your process with us, Ruth! It never ceases to amaze me what can be done with wool. I hope you sell the Bacon Landscape soon 😉

  8. You did a great job re-interpreting both pictures, Ruth, they’re lovely. I’m sure they will be popular and I look forward to seeing what you make next.

  9. Love them both Ruth and I’m sure they won’t be in the shop for long. I particularly like the felted landscape and I know what you mean about that shape before it’s felted in, I’ve several references to bacon rashers in my sketch book!

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