For my Q3 idea I thought that now I’m surrounded by the New Forest in my new home that the ever popular and endless material of the subject of trees would be fitting!
I plan to make many tree inspired pictures but here is my first felted tree canopy experiment, made from layers of scraps of open weave fabrics, prefelts, nepps, yarns and random things from the felting confetti box … it was fun to make….just playing, adding layers, seeing what appeared!
It’s now sat in the pile of contemplation awaiting its fate. Possibly the scissors or paint or stitch, who knows!
It’s approx 62 x 62cm. It’s a bit thicker than I was initially thinking I might make, but I will make a lighter weight version too. I’ve got a list of ideas on the subject, and more brewing…
Here it is along with a couple of my inspiration photos.
I’ve started another piece, this time in a wide composition. Already I have strayed from the canopy theme and moved to trunks, but I’ll be back!…..
Here it is in progress (still lots of work to do) plus some inspiration pics…
A huge joy of the New Forest are the free roaming animals namely the horses, ponies, pigs, cows, deer and the ever so cute donkeys! Since tourists were interfering with the animals by petting them and feeding them new rules have finally come into place to ban touching or feeding them with a fine if you do. You are allowed to photograph though as long as you don’t get in their way, quite rightly it’s their forest and right of way. One day I might be adventurous enough to make a fluffy donkey picture, until then enjoy these photos, how cute!
Sometime between the 11th and 13th centuries Southampton became a walled city. The walls, including 29 towers and 8 gates, stretched for one and a quarter miles.
13 of the towers and 6 gates are still standing, making them some of the most complete medieval town walls in the country. ‘Walking the Walls’ tours are popular with visitors.
I made this representation by wet felt and stitching.
The main entrance to the old city, the Bargate, was built around 1180 and has served as a prison and a guildhall – it still stands today in the city centre. Left to right: the north side of the Bargate, the south side of the Bargate and the stonework you can see if you walk through the Bargate – photo credits: Wikipedia.
There are many old buildings in the city. Tudor House, in Blue Anchor Lane, was built between 1491 and 1518 and has been preserved as a museum. St Michael’s Church was founded by Norman settlers circa 1070. The church has been added to, bit by bit over the centuries, and it’s in regular use today. Photo credit: Historic Southampton.
This monument to Sir Richard Lyster, once resident of Tudor House, is dated 1567 and is inside St Michaels Church. Photo credit: Hampshire Field Club and Archaeological Society.
Southampton’s history can be traced back to Roman times, but today it’s a modern, sprawling city and home to approx 250,000 people. It’s the busiest cruise terminal and second largest container port in the UK. Photo credit: Wave Radio News.
We hope you’ve liked our potted views of where we live 🙂