At last, after showing you the felted first stage of my latest wall hanging, I’ve worked on it and now (apart from putting a backing onto it), it is finished and I thought I’d share a bit of the process for anyone interested.
First of all, here’s the finished wall hanging:
The colours are actually brighter in real life than in this photo, and I’m very pleased how it has turned out.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had a “Can I do this?” moment, but after feeling very pleased with how my Mt. Coonowrin wall hanging turned out, I began this project with more than a little trepidation. Madame Doubt kept whispering “was the first wall hanging a one-off?”, “will I stuff up this next one?” in my ear and it took several weeks before I got up courage to begin, and lay the first tufts of blue sky.
Once it had been wet-felted though, I was happy that I have got a bit of a knack to doing this, and despite having to shave the bottom half of the project, could see in my mind’s eye how I would complete this work.
How I added detail
I needle felted a lot of detail, including fixing up shadows, adding silk noil to the sandy walkway, and grass details. Toe make the She Oak trees look more realistic, I embroidered leaves on top of the felted leaf colour, which I think adds depth.
I didn’t like how the yarn had felted into the sea. It had started off with a lot of blue in the variegated colours, but after wet felting, all I could see was maroon. I spent time needle felting over these threads with various shades of blue wool and also turquoise silk tops. Much better.
The waves were added by needle felting thin pieces of selvedge edges from tissue silk that I cut off before making scarves. By cutting off these denser edges, it ensures the wool rovings migrate right through the edge of the scarves. Plus I get to use the selvedge edges for other projects, like the waves in this picture. It is delicate enough to give that bubbly frothy white caps that form on the tops of waves as they approach the beach.
To finish, here’s a collage of pics, working up to the finished piece.
My next two are going to be smaller, longer thinner wall hangings – abstract in design but reflecting beach colours, and perhaps shells.
Anyway, here’s the gallery:
I would like to acknowledge Gusha Visual Media who have inspired my latest work with some of their photos of the Sunshine Coast. In particular, Moffat Beach, which is so beautiful, I wanted to try and capture the scene in felt.