Thursday, October 10, 2013

Area Rugs art the FFF

Here is a  photo of some felted area and throw rugs from the Fall Fiber Festival (2013) in Montpelier Station, VA, held this past weekend.   I think I just might try to make one (though all that work just for dirty feet!).  I think I will need some coarser wool than usual and a thicker batting.  I will also likely need to make it in the bathtub, due to the larger size.....hum, got to get planning!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fall Felt II

I started a second fall felt project this time using leaves with more distinct shapes.  In the first version (see previous article), I detailed the leaves using needle felting.  This time I am using another technique, embroidering with DMC cotton floss (of which I lots from my long-ago days doing cross stitch).  I intend to work other elements into the felting, including beading and embeds (for example, small felt spheres of differing color that are then revealed by carving the top layer of wool, lace or natural items like feathers or plant parts), but not all in the same piece necessarily.
Here is a closeup of some of the embroidered leaf veins:
I certainly need more practice to recall my old embroidery skills, and good lighting and magnification, but it is a start!