Well, I have finished the felted picture I was making for my Mum and I loved every minute of making it. This is one of those things that Abi has done, I have supervised Josh with but never done myself. I think I still have ever such a lot to learn and could improve a lot more but for a first attempt I am really happy with it.
I started by laying out a base layer of wool tops on top of some bubble wrap with a towel underneath. I layered it up first in one direction and then the opposite direction. For this base layer I used some natural wool – Herdwick – we had left from one of Abi’s college projects. I would not use this again as a base layer as it had some very coarse white hairs in it and as I felted the piece these came through to the top.
I had decided on a scene with hills, river and a rainbow so next I added the greens and blues for the background.
I mixed colours together to get the shades I wanted by carding them with two dog brushes!
Then I added in a rainbow, (I have always loved rainbows, every time it rains when the sun is shining I rush to look for the rainbow.)
and some poppies and wheat in the foreground.
I covered it with dress net, wet it with soapy water and rubbed it with a scrunched up carrier bag to felt it.
(Once it was more stable I used a car buffer to continue the felting process as my hands and shoulders won’t take too much vigorous work but I forgot to take a photo at that stage!)
I then rinsed and dried it. At this point it was looking very flat.
so I added some stitching detail
and did some needle felting on it to give it more depth.
lastly I added a Bible verse ‘He is faithful that promised’. I chose this verse because the day Mum and Dad returned from their holiday last year there was a beautiful rainbow. Five days later Dad passed away after having had a massive stroke. In the Bible the rainbow is not only the sign of promise God gave to Noah but also an eternal promise to all his people and I have always felt that it was sent for Mum as a promise that God would be with her in all that was ahead.
I would love to do another felted picture sometime soon. It is so satisfying and easier than you would think. I love the way that you can ‘paint’ a picture with fibres.
I hope you all have a lovely week. I am hoping to have the first section of my new crochet blanket to show you soon.
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