Entry by Cindy M.
I was delighted to see the 2nd Quarter Challenge – it is perfect for the piece I just made -a close up of Saguaro ribs. I have been admiring the light and shadows on the ribs on the saguaros in my backyard. I made a few small saguaro felt sculptures trying some different techniques to get some textures. I then had an idea to make a close up of the ribs -thinking that the Shibori process would work for image I was seeing. I made a piece of prefelt with layers of colors, then stitched with running stitches to make the “ribs” and between the ribs for design purposes. I then continued to felt and full the project by hand. I cut small snippets out of the top of the “ribs” to unearth/see the colors underneath. Felted a little more to heal the cuts. I am very happy with the final piece – shown here on a piece of felt and wood frame. I enjoy working with fiber every day and find it amazingly wonderful all the ways you can work with it! Hope you enjoy! cindy 🙂
Entry by Marie E.S.
Needle felt and stitch attempt to recreate the moss-covered stone in my garden, for the 2nd quarter challenge.
For my 2nd quarter challenge, I took a photo of chipped paint on the side of a building and then created a large (about 4ft long) multilayer design with nuno felt at the back followed by a layer of joomchi paper rods, free motion embroidered cheesecloth and finally more joomchi paper on top. I decided it needed to be a wall hanging and added a series of felt ropes as my interpretation of macramé. When I hung it on the wall, a completely different image emerged – I thought it looked like a dress! I added another series of ropes as a “belt” and am calling this one done. Having seen some of the dresses at the Met Gala this week, I think this would have fit right in. 🙂
Capi’s 2nd Quarter challenge entry
To read more about Capi’s challenge piece, click on this link.
Donna B’s 2nd Quarter challenge entry
Here is my submission for the 2nd Quarter Challenge! I loved the inspirational photos provided and attempted to incorporate many of the images into this single piece. It was great experience for me to try to replicate the peeling paint, the bird’s wing, the sedum? plants, the lichen growth on the brickwork. I used mostly merino wool as well as some silk fibres using a combination of wet and needle felting techniques. I would appreciate any comments that could help me increase my skill level as I am still learning (and probably always will be).
Ann B’s 3rd Quarter Challenge Entry
These are 3 felted flowers and 1 sprig of oak with acorns which are attached to stab pins for attaching to matching scarves.
Ann B sent another excellent submission for the 3rd quarter challenge. Ivey on a stone wall
This is modern stump work ivy on a needle felted stone wall. The wall is my first step into using mixed media with felting. The stones of the wall, after shaping with felting needles, were painted with artist’s gesso and then, when it was dry, painted with acrylic paint. Then the “Lichens” were added with needle and thread. Something I completed more than 15 years ago I think – I can’t really remember when.
Mireille G M sent this submission for the 3rd quarter challenge
Inspired from a quilting technique called “yo-yo” flowers which are usually made of round fabric loosely gathered with thread and then sewn in place with many buttons.
For these flowers, I used small discarded pieces of silk fabric, gathered then made a centre of needle felted wool later wet felted. The flower assembly was set into a crocheted linen base pod.
Third Quarter Challenge Entry by Penny E.
Australian Merino wool, hand dyed by ‘colour Steams’ (Australia). Appliqued thinner felt flowers, free machine stitched with a neutralized green cotton. The brim edging was a length of free machine stitch, worked on ‘solvy’ in the same cotton.
Now to tell you the truth….I appliqued flowers because there was a very small area in the crown that was thinner than I liked and once one flower was sewn on I had to keep going until I liked it! In the end I was glad that there was a week point as I enjoyed the appliqued effect and have used it on other hats since. This hat sold as soon as it went out on display so someone else must have liked it too!
Third Quarter Entry by Cindy M.
I took a photo of this prickly pear cactus in bloom many years ago thinking one day I would make a piece of art from it. Well, I am happy to say that I finally managed to do so and it works perfectly for the floral challenge. Actually, I created two of these felt paintings – the first one wet felted and the second one needle felted. This photo is of the first wet felted piece. I don’t know if you are like me, but I love when you have the entire piece fully laid out and it is all texture and fluff. If only there was a good way to keep it in this state without sandwiching it behind glass.
After laying out all the fibers, I needled felted them to stay in place as I wet felted the piece. Unfortunately, it lost too much of the texture and became too “flat” for me. I decided to add line and texture back in it by free motion embroidering it. That really helped to define and finish the piece.
Third Quarter Entry by Cindy M.
Here is a photo of the needle felted piece. The two pieces are not the same size – I made this one smaller than the wet felted piece . I made a couple of raspberry pink pre-felt/felt sheet with wool fiber, viscose and silk edges so that I could cut out the many petals and then needle felt them to the piece. This one has tons of depth and texture and fits more my style than the wet felted piece.
It is fun to show them together – so that you can see the inherent differences between wet felting and needle felting. Hope you enjoy! cindy
Third Quarter Entry by Helene D.
Here is a little piece I did during the summer of 2020 when the world was in lockdown. I am afraid that I can’t credit where I saw the idea, I think it may have been a Russian Felt Maker but unfortunately I cannot locate her name. I don’t know if this is how she achieved her result – all I remember thinking at the time was that it was cool to experiment with fresh flowers and wet felt! I thought it might be fun to share it with you and hopefully it is appropriate for the 3rd quarter challenge.
I laid down white merino tops to start, then I wet the fibre to hold it in place and I popped some single stalks of fresh lavender on top. I then covered this in Margillan silk (this is the finest of silk and quite transparent). I wrapped the silk around the back of the merino and began felting. It was a very delicate process as I did not want to break the stalks. When the silk had attached itself to the merino I gently rolled the piece. There was no rough fulling given the contents. Then it was rinsed and dried.
I rolled the piece up and just found it recently. Two years on and there is still a faint perfume from the lavender which is pretty good going. I should really have made it into a drawer liner. It certainly would have added a little luxury! The photo looks a little unclear but I think that is because of the silk covering. Apologies for not posting this when the plants were in season – it might serve as a small project for next summer!