I am busy working on some knitting projects but since they are gifts, I am unable to show you till later in the month. Now with a new working position, I find myself with less time to work on my knitting and felting projects! 😦
Since I have started to be interested in felting and have found a new way of expressing myself, I bought this new book on felting called Flowers in Felt & Stitch by Moy Mackay and it is really interesting how she has created beautiful works using the needle and thread along with other sewing items on her finished felted piece. It is a progression of layers worked first on plain white merino roving wool as a template to her “painted” flowers. Moy then works, as a artist would, with colors that reflect her idea of a background. She then begins with her vase and actually shapes it with scissors, which typically is not a tool that you use in felting. This gives the vase sharp, clean edges. Next she works on the stems and leaves. This part allows you to manipulate the felt to reflect your vision of stems and leaves. It’s your eyes intepretation as with any expressive work. Moy has explained and photographed the process so well for the reader. Here are a couple of the pictures that I took from her book. I plan on utilizing some of these techniques in upcoming projects.
This is her beginning template with the sky being added.
Shaping the vase.
Placing the stems and adjusting them as she wants.
Adding the flowers – just love the colors! This last picture does not reflect the finished piece, it’s just the beginning of a beautiful artwork!
There is so much more in the book and I am anxious to find the time to read it!
Happy knitting and felting,