WIP – A Flower Painting

I have been looking for full time employment since I’ve been back from our holidays.  In between job hunting, I have been felting and blogging.  You can start reading about the places we went to since the beginning of June.  It’s on my other blog.  I believe there is a link on the sidebar.  We started in France and the rest is a bit of a roller coaster!

I have been putting my hand to wet felting.  It is like painting, but with wool.  I have amassed a nice collection of different wools to play and experiment with.  Interestingly, each type of wool has its own characteristics and is better for some things than others.  Merino wool is supposed to be great for wet felting with.  I haven’t wet felted with 100% Merino wool yet.  Corriedale is meant to be great for dry needle felting (2D and 3D) and the Merino is meant to be great for wet felting as the fibers are thin and long.  Merino is also very soft.  Some manufacturers make blends.  Needle felting has opened up a whole new world for me, and also jargon.

So far, I have wet felted exclusively with Corriedale wool which is a bit more coarse and with shorter fibers.  So far, I have learned that it wet felts very quickly.  I am guessing that is due to nature of the shorter fibers.

My current work in progress is based on one of my drippy flower paintings.

IMG_5264Here is the painting after wet felting for the second time.  First I used Corriedale as the bas, and then I used a mixture of Merino and Corriedale for the colors I needed.  There was a slight issue with some of the shapes going askew and the colors not being vibrant enough, so I needle felted into the painting to tidy it up and added some extra leaves.  My edges also got really thin, so I tacked on some extra wool.  I then wet felted the whole thing again and got the above. My painting spread out quite a lot and I think that this is a characteristic of the Corriedale.  This piece measures 12 x 14 inches.  I started with 12×12 hoping it would shrink down, so I need to work out how to improve on that as I have been following the instructions (there are different ways!).

The next step was to do the free stitching.  I found some colored sewing thread and embroidery thread cheap at the charity shop and topped up at the haberdashers.  I get a bit scared of the free stitching as you don’t use a foot on the darning plate.  Anyway, here is what I did next.

IMG_5305I just sat at the sewing machine and went for it.  In my acrylic painting, the flowers are quite abstract, with swirls of paint in each flower to show movement.  Here was an opportunity to do something different.  The next step is to add some detail with the embroidery thread without going over the top.  Wish me luck!  It’s been a long time since I have done any type of embroidery! 🙂

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Wet Felting a Poppy Painting

 

Poppy – Wet Felted Painting – Approximately 7.5 inches square

This is another experimental piece.  I have been reading Moy Mackay’s books and having been inspired by the poppies in France I decided to have a go at the way she makes them.  There is a tutorial in her book, Flowers in Felt and Stitch.  I decided to make one big poppy.  Instead of Merino wool, I made this with Corriedale.  I started with a white batt and added the two layers of blue and then the poppy colors.  Now, if you don’t know, Corriedale is pretty fluffy, so I had a pretty tall pile of wool to wet felt.

The white wool feted quite small while the blue wool migrated outwards and past the white.  I had to fold over the blue in some places.  The picture on the left shows how it was directly after wet felting and dried.  The white migrated up through the blue.  I had to add a lot of color to get rid of some of the white to make the flower stand out and add more color.  I added the stem afterwards as I was initially of two minds about having a stem, but the green makes it pop.  I also added some French Knots.  My stitching is slowly improving.  This was quite a thick piece to sew on.  I will be trying something a bit different for the next one.