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?