Adding leaves to my summer tree.

Adding leaves to my summer tree.

The next step to do for my summer tree is to get it some leaves. I decided I wanted some texture so thought I would use some silk fabric to make some needle felted nuno felt.

I found some of my boxes of fabric and had a rummage for some green I found mostly silk and some stuff labelled nylon which is a very good imitation of silk.

The green and brown was my first thought but best to try them all.

I pulled out my sampling tree. The one that looks like a peg having a bad hair day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I then thought maybe I could put the dark fabric down and then add some other fibre on top. the dark fabric is the nylon. It’s a very loose weave so it pulls threads when you poke it.

I tried adding some loose threads but they just looked messy. I think they would make great vines in a swampy picture

I decided it was a waste of fabric to put the dark green down first It would be too hard to leave some showing properly and it would prevent any of the branches from showing.

On to the real tree, I did fiddled with the branches in the middle and it does look better naked. Not that much of it will show but still, it was good practice.

I tried adding it all as one piece but I couldn’t scrunch it properly. So I pulled it off.

I added the silk in small amounts

and all done, I left a few holes for the sky and a few branches peek through. I left the edged raggy to add to the texture.


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And here’s the finished overall look. I like the overall look. I am going to have to fiddle with the roots. Combined with the slant of the land, they are making the tree look like it’s leaning over. I think a little poking in on one side and poking out on the other should fix it. I am going to have a look for the wool I used for the grass portion of the background to maybe put a little over the roots. I will have to do some googling for pictures of roots.

Next, I think I will add some rocks around the roots and maybe a few around the field in the thin spots. Then maybe some tufts of grass with stitching.ย  I may fiddle with the cloud too. I am still thinking.

13 thoughts on “Adding leaves to my summer tree.

  1. Well Ann, I have to say when I saw the first sample of the needle felted silk I thought “that’s not going to work, it looks awful.” How wrong I was. It’s great. The silk does look like a full canopy of leaves.
    I can’t wait to see how the picture progresses.

    1. I am glad I surprised you. Before I sampled I had thought the dark green or green and brown would be best but I think the lighter be best for summer. The dark would work with a sunset behind it.

  2. Interesting use of silk to create leaves. I’m not sure I would have come up with that method but it does work really well. I will have to keep that in mind for future projects. I think the “leaning” of the tree is fine. Lots of trees lean. I’m not sure it needs much more detail. How big is the piece? Perhaps a little grass around the roots but it looks finished to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks Ruth, I would love to see what you do with it. I was thinking it might work for an evergreen if you made it look more organized in to lines. Te piece isn’t big, 6.5 by 6.5 inches (16.5×16.5cm). I think some rocks on the left might be enough and something with the roots, they are bugging me but rocks might fix that too.

    1. I like your tree very much, and I think you have chosen well with your colour choice – I see it just as all the spring buds uncurl into lime green leaves.

  4. Looks great Ann. Love that fabric for the leaves. I think a bit more shading (some grey or a bit of lichen/moss) on your tree may also be helpful. But I love how this is coming together.

  5. I’m so delighted to have seen you working on this in person in the studio – the idea of using the silk fabric really blew my mind. So many ideas and possibilities! I love how it came out.

  6. adding bits of silk to stand in for leaves looks great i like the efect of leaving bits of sky and branches showing! you are definatly having fun with your trees!!

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