I finished the umbrella tree and finally got some halfway decent photos taken. I will be submitting this to the “Shelter” Exhibition being held in October. I still have to write up my entry and figure out an artist’s statement to go with the piece. But I’m sure I can manage that by the middle of August when the entry is due. I thought you might like to take a look at the tree. The photos are from several different angles as well as some closeups.
I have been continuing to work on my exhibition piece and it is getting closer to being finished. I started with felting a bunch of rocks, then ground to cover the base and last I made roots. Now I just have to put them all together, sew on the nuno felt to the umbrella and finish up the details.
Next up, I laid out the wool around the base. I wanted to felt it right around the trunk so it there would be no seam. I’m sure I could have done a piece of pre-felt but decided just to felt it right in place.
Here it is being wet down. I had the felted rocks on top of the wool but decided they would have to come off or everything wouldn’t felt properly.
Here it is drying in the sun after it was completely felted. I did have a bit of shifting of the surface “earth colored” wool but that will most be covered up by rocks, roots and other finishing details.
Next up was making some spikes for roots. Here they are after dry felting and rolling on the “Turbo Felting Board”. This board really works great for making cords. You can use stair tread that they sell at hardware stores as a substitute.
I got two roots started on the needle felting process. I am still going to add some padding underneath the “earth” and glue it down so it won’t be shifting around if someone touches it. So it is getting there. I am happy with how it is turning out.
I also thought you might like to see part of my inspiration for this piece. A poem by Karen Shragg:
Think Like a TreeSoak up the sun Affirm life’s magic Be graceful in the wind Stand tall after a storm Feel refreshed after it rains Grow strong without notice Be prepared for each season Provide shelter to strangers Hang tough through a cold spell Emerge renewed at the first sign of spring Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling
I made some progress on my exhibition piece with the theme of Shelter. If you don’t follow my Permutations in Fiber blog, you might have missed the post about felting the umbrella. Take a quick look at that post first and this one will make more sense. I showed you the green nuno felt that I made for Ann’s challenge and it got put to good use.
This was the scary part, cutting up the two pieces of nuno felt that I made. I was unsure if I really had enough fabric. I needed four triangles all together. The red pattern piece is the original fabric from the umbrella. I decided to let the bottom edges be uneven to make my tree less uniform.
Here is the first piece cut into four sections. They were definitely not all the same size but I decided not to stress about perfection as it wouldn’t be that noticeable later. I also cut up the second piece of nuno felt into four triangles.
Then I sewed all eight pieces together. And put it on my felted umbrella frame. It is not stitched down to the frame yet because I still need to felt the base of the tree and make roots for it. I will save the stitching down of the “leaves” until last.
But this is actually my favorite view. I love seeing the light come through the thinner parts of the nuno felt, the felted branches and being under the “shelter”. Next part to work on is roots and covering the base.