At the end of the third post regarding this picture, I left you with an image showing you where I had got to when I had to stop because of a very painful shoulder. This is the image:

 pile of blended fibres in different colours, part of the original photograph, part of the felt painting, the felting cushion, the needle felted horse, a pair of scissors and a pair of glasses
At the End of Part 3

After some months during which the pain moved from my shoulder down my arm and into my wrist, I became pain free (relatively) and was able to finish the picture.  Here are the final steps which I took to achieve that.

You may recall from Part 3 that I had decided that the horse, which was the focus of the picture, would be created separately from the picture and added at the end; and that I had got to the stage where I was about to do that.  So now I needed to position the horse on the picture.  After trying a couple of slightly different spots, I finally decided where I wanted it to be on the picture.

the felt painting with horse in position held by a felting needle; mini carder full of green fibres on left.
Initial Placement of Horse

Here you will see the horse sort of held in place with a few swift jabs with a needle.  I have moved his tail so that it doesn’t get in the way while I am fixing him down.  I needled the surplus felt at the end of his feet and muzzle into the picture and then covered the white felt with more of the green mixture.  I also needled the lower parts of his legs.  Then I needed to sew the main part of the body to the picture – to avoid him falling out of it.  I used the linen thread that I had previously attached to the back of the body.

Image of the back of the picture with linen thread protruding from it.
Securing the Horse – view from the back

And this is a close up of the horse fixed in place .

Close up image of the horse attached to the picture.
Horse in Place

It was about now that I remembered that the original picture showed a pied wagtail in it near the horse, and that I had wanted to include one if I could.  So I looked up some reference pictures and saved three as they showed me the size that I would need to make the bird in the picture.

Composite picture of the images of pied wagtails with horse.
Reference Pics – Pied Wagtail

And here’s a close up of Willy Wagtail.

Iimage of corner of felt painting with wagtail near horse’s nose.
Pied Wagtail in Place

And that was it, done.  That is, I managed to stop myself “titivating” after I had tidied up some of the background.  I straightened the horse’s ears and smoothed his tail to allow for the appearance of it being stirred by a breeze, and mounted it. 

Completed felt painting mounted on dark green mount board.
Finished and Mounted Picture

Unfortunately, despite umpteen attempts under different lighting, the photograph shows the mount board as blue rather than green, although strangely it doesn’t seem to make much difference to the colours in the picture.

I took the mounted picture along to our local camera shop – which also does bespoke framing – to have the picture properly framed.  The horse, added on top of the bas relief picture meant that they would need to use a deep box frame, but they were to get some samples for me to choose from.  Unfortunately they didn’t, they went ahead with what they had, which resulted in the horse being pressed up against the glass (and I had made it clear that I did not want that to happen).  They had also sealed the frame so that I couldn’t get at the picture (which I had also insisted should not happen because I would need to make sure that the tail and ears were positioned correctly before it was finally sealed).  I found this very disappointing and I was not prepared to accept it, so the picture was removed from the frame and returned to me, along with my deposit.

The picture spent the Christmas and New year holidays sitting in our living room beside my other pictures, while we decided on the next step.  At the time of writing this, I have just returned from taking the picture to a “proper” picture framer. Having spent some time with them deciding on the change of mount board to a forest green colour and choosing a frame which would compliment the picture,  I am fully confident that the result will be just as I want it, and worth the higher cost.

I had hoped that by the time this post was to be published I would be able to add an image of the framed picture, but unfortunately it is not yet ready for me to pick up. I will however put up an image in the 2023 First Quarter challenge section – I have been working on this since late 2020/early 2021 so it must have been a UFO!

Now I can get on with the next picture.


18 thoughts on “GLORIOUS DEVON – IT’S FINISHED! (Almost)

  1. ‘Glorious Devon’ is glorious Ann! The background is pretty, the horse is magnificent and the little wagtail is the perfect finishing touch.
    The breeze ruffling the horse’s tail makes it appear as if he’s about to move to a fresh patch of grass and because he’s 3D it looks as if the sunlight is shining down on his neck.

    What a disappointment the first frame must have been – and I bet you don’t recommend the shop to anyone!
    Looking forward to seeing your picture framed 🙂

    1. Thanks Lyn. It was very satisfying to get the whole thing finished, though still waiting for the new frame. Soon I hope…

    1. Thanks you Veronica. I’ll start work on the next one as soon as the Panto is over (roll on Sunday night!) Well I say as soon as it’s over, I’ve promised myself a long sleep in first.

  2. What an adventure with the framing, Ann. I can’t believe they went ahead and added a flat frame when you clearly have a 3D horse there! I’m glad they didn’t do any permanent damage.

    I really love the wagtail detail, because it’s one of those things you might not notice the first time and then, one day, you see it! It’s a wonderful little “easter egg.” 🙂

    1. Thanks Leonor. I suppose that’s one of the benefits of a felted picture, a few squeezes in the right place and the horse plumped up again.
      Wagtails are one of my favourite birds, so I was pleased to get one in. I had hoped to put in some lapwings/peewits on one of the fields in the far distance, but I just could not get them to look right so abandoned that. There are some rooks and a buzzard there though.

  3. Ann, I love the end result. The 3D horse came out brilliantly. I look forward to seeing it framed.

    I have finally found a framer that does what I ask in a very professional manner. Yes, it’s more expensive but well worth it. I’m glad you found a framer that listens.

    Needle felting always makes my shoulder hurt, that’s why I mainly do wet felting and embellish with other methods besides needling.

    1. Thanks Ruth. I will post a photo of the framed picture as soon as I get it home.
      It turns out that it wasn’t the needle felting that caused the problem (though I suspect it made it worse) it was lounging in front of the laptop during lockdown, playing patients while listening to audio books. My own stupid fault. Isn’t it maddening when something happens and there’s no-one to blame but yourself!

  4. Wonderful piece which captures the horse brilliantly. I also love the addition of the wagtail. Your love of nature and colour is well represented here. Framing is my bug-a-bear! I look forward to seeing your final framing. Cheers.

    1. Thank you Linda, your kind comments (and everyone else’s) are really a boost.

  5. What a wonderful picture. Your horse is amazing and adding the bird was a great idea. What a strange thing for the first framer to do after explaining and saying they had to order the parts to make the frame. I hope this one has done it properly. I am looking forward to seeing it framed.

    1. Thanks Ann, I’m quite looking forward to it too, with a little trepidation in case of problems, but I’m sure there won’t be any this time (fingers crossed).

  6. What a beautiful picture Ann. I love the idea of the 3D effect for the horse so it really must have been such a disappointment (and very frustrating too) when the original framer did what they did. I am glad that you stood your ground on it and got your money back. Looking forward to seeing it in all its extra glory when it has been reframed.

    Glad to hear that the shoulder is getting better.


    1. Thanks Helene. The 3D effect for the horse has started me off down another rabbit hole. I’m planning to do something similar on my next picture.
      Regarding the frame, the one thing that makes me feel as if I got my own back (as well as the deposit) was that this was a custom sized frame with clearview glass in it, which presumably they can’t put back into stock. Hopefully that will make them take things a bit more seriously in future.

  7. The painting is very moving, and the 3D horse is a fantastic idea. I hope that the new framer will complement your piece with the right frame that it deserves!

    1. Thank you.
      I’m trying not to tempt fate, but I am sure that they will do a good job. I just wish they’d hurry up, I want the picture home.

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