Tuesday, June 22, 2010

felted stitchy fun - the options continue

I've been absent around here, sorry for that. I'm going through a big cleaning binge right now, thanks in part to my mom's wonderful inspiration. Thank goodness the bub is feeling it too. We've already tackled our gigantic pit of a linen closet & my mom and I have set up a plan to re-organize the entire house, basically, once school ends and she has the summer off. One large component of the clean-up I've started to tackle alone is my studio/office. It's crazy right now. As I get ready to venture out into a business of my own VERY soon (i know! more to come soon!) I need to reorganize and inventory my work/supplies. As I do so I am re-discovering tonnes of random pieces and projects from the past. One such piece is a needle felted flower embellished with embroidery.

I was introduced to needle felting about 4 years ago and seriously considered starting a business based on those creations alone. The timing was wrong. I got back into drawing and mixed-media/painting eventually and the felted goodness has been stored high up in boxes ever since.

One piece I really enjoyed working on as well as the final result (the two don't necessarily go hand in hand, you see) is this flower piece. It's about 6" long and 4" wide at the widest parts. It started as a random layering of wet felt roving, and then i shaped the flower and added coloured wisps over top. Once it was dry I started embellishing it with coloured floss, moving along as it developed depth and definition here or there, and this is what I ended up with. .

My point? I loved working on these, then. I have a tonne of supplies and more to share if anyone is interested in seeing them. I didn't think I would ever go back to them for many reasons, but I find, today, a feeling that maybe I should go back to making a few smaller versions for headbands and winter jackets and see what comes of it. I do love felting and stitching. Who knows - I'll throw it on my to-do list!

Thoughts on felting? Have you tried it?



firstofmany said...

The intentional felting : two pairs of slippers and two hats. I LOST the first hat I felted and have a feeling it will be an all time favorite. The slippers were supposed to have a little needle felted ivy around the ankle and a little flower on one side, which I believe was meant to help identify left from right. The instructions for the needle felting were terrible, so I didn't even try. But I felt -- ha ha ha... I felt that the needle felting would really give them a finishing touch that they currently lack. But goodness are they warm and toasty!

Jacqueline said...

I'd never known about needle felting 'til I tried it last summer. A group of us sat on the grass at a baby shower and contributed a little felted something to a blanket for the impending babe. There were oodles of colours to choose from -- and sore finger aside from poking the needle -- I loved it!

And do you know what's completely uncanny?? I created a flower (instinctively, 'cause the blankie needed a fleur) that looked nearly the spitting image of yours, in design and colour!?!

I love the headband idea. Now that I'm aware of felting, it catches my eye whenever I see it!


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