… is all that matters here!

Posts tagged ‘embroidery’

Library Display

This is a quick post to show a couple of pics of a limited variety of my felting that is on display at Beerwah Library for two weeks.

If you aren’t in the area but would like to visit the library, the address is:

Beerwah Library, 25 Peachester Road, Beerwah Qld 4519. Phone for opening hours: 1300 542 727

It is lovely to have the opportunity to display my work locally.  I am a member of the Glasshouse Country Arts Trail and we have several weeks available to display members’ works.  Ilia Starkovsky is also displaying some of his photographic art, and Bronwyn Hill and/or Melanie Gray Augustin will also be bringing showing some of their work this fortnight.

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

A variety of my work in the display cabinet at Beerwah Library

Beach Wall hanging is finished!

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:

Moffat Beach wall hanging finished

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.

Free Tutorial – How to embroider without using a knot to secure

No knots visible on back

Back of felt showing blanket stitch, but no knots or other thread visible.

I’m adding this tutorial after having a conversation with a fellow felter who wondered how to blanket stitch around a whole piece of felt without using knots to secure the thread at the start of embroidering, or join shorter pieces of thread along the way.

This is a technique I ‘discovered’ (necessity being the mother of invention and I don’t like to see knots either).  Instead of using knots, you thread the needle about 1.5cm through the felt along the edge that you haven’t embroidered yet.

Then you blanket stitch along the edge, and you will also be stitching over the thread, keeping it very secure so it won’t come undone. It is also invisible, it works well and has no knots showing on the reverse side of the fabric.

This is something that can be done with a piece felt, as the material is thick enough to thread the cotton through without it being seen on either the front or the back of the piece.

Here are some photos to better explain what I’ve just said.

By the way, I’m left-handed and sew from left to right.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Completed felt wall hanging of Mt. Coonowrin – looks 3D!

I have spent today embroidering and needle-felting details onto the wall hanging that I felted yesterday.  I am very happy with the result because it now has a real  three dimensional-look to it.

I began by adding fine details to the mountain, by needle-felting woollen thread to create shadows and add the greenery that is evident in the real mountain.

After that, I wanted to add detail to the base of the mountain which is covered with bushes and eucalyptus trees.  I found some gauzy ribbons in brown and green and taking a deep breath because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, I set about needle-felting it into place with wattle-coloured merino rovings.

Next came the rocks, which I gave body to by adding a piece of pre-felt and then needle-felting variegated merino wool on top.  I’m pleased with how they turned out.

Then I added some tiny distant pineapples in embroidery cotton, which helps lead the eye up to the mountain.

Finally, I completed the pineapple.  The body was already quite spongy as I’d added plenty of silk noile when making the felt.  I used some orange embroidery cotton and ‘quilted’ the surface to give the little sections that you find in pineapples and made french knots to finish the detail.  I added a 3D pineapple top by cutting out some green felt I made a while ago, then needle-felted the leaves into position.

All in all, I’m extremely happy with how it’s turned out, given this is my first ‘official’ wall hanging.

I’m certainly motivated to make another one.  Hmmm, what subject should I choose?

Tag Cloud

esothemes

Reflections, revelations and proposals esoteric: Themes to elucidate the depths of human potential.

Open the Door to Your Inner World

Access: Transformational Energy, Guidance, Creativity, Life Purpose

The Procrastinator Dyer's Diary

A Journal of Observations

Beesybee fiber's Blog

Life in West Marin seen through the eye of a needle

Principally felt

experiments in life, decorative felt, nuno, knit felt and mosaic

Obovate Designs™

My dabbling and exploration in contact printing, natural dyeing, and soap making

nancybrownstudio

murals, textiles, ceramics, screenprints, festivals, community

Threadborne

Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Artists' Books, Vintage Textiles

Joni Phippin

I make therefore I am.

vintage country style

my move to countryside and planning a crafts business

MarmaladeRose

... is all that matters here!

Hearts Landscapes

... is all that matters here!

Colour Cottage

yarnie, picturemaker, horsenut

dedepuppets

dada inspired hand puppets

The Blog of Knitted Fog

art, life and stuff

feltingandfiberstudio

An international collective of felt and fiber artists