Large experimental landscape felted at last!

Yesterday I was able to finish the large felt landscape that I had started at the beginning of the adverse weather conditions recently.  You may remember that I had been playing around laying out loads of different fibres and broken up pieces of cobweb felt for my design, it had been languishing for the last couple of weeks damp in my bath!  

Landscape prior to reworking

 

Anyway, here is a photo o f the piece yesterday morning before I got down to re-wetting and fulling the felt.  At this stage it measured approx 85cm X 49cm and you can see that the sky area looks slightly pinkish.

I boiled up a couple of kettles (STILL no heat or hot water!) and immersed the felt into a basin of hot soapy water.  It took a bit of dunking and squishing before the fibres totally absorbed the water but once I was sure everything was saturated I soaped heavily and then rolled the piece firmly using my old bamboo blind.  Because I was aiming for a nice textured surface and didn’t want too even a surface I didn’t roll for too long, just enough to totally felt the piece and once finished the completed landscape now measures 77cm X 49cm. 

The finished landscape

As you can see from this picture of the finished landscape the sky now is white with grey wisps for clouds and extremely pale pink strands of gauze streaking it in places.  It is hard to describe how like the mountains surrounding me these colours actually are.  Where my farmhouse is situated at Clasheen the Blackstairs Mountains  almost enclose me and every morning I am woken up to an ever changing view for inspiration! 

Silk threads highlight the hills

 

The finished landscape is now ready for a new home!  To me it is completed as it is and would be a wonderful reminder of Ireland for a special friend.  I do think however that if there are any needle felters, embellishers or stitchers out there it would also make an amazing base to work your magic on!!  I am going to put the landscape up for sale in my Etsy store as soon as I have had a coffee (internet connection permitting) and am happy to include some extra fibres if anyone would like to play around and embellish the surface some more.

Please bear with me through internet problems!

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last few days, I seem to be having internet problems coupled with almost no time to investigate the cause!  For some reason my gmail is up the creek so I am having problems with comments and this morning I had problems accessing WordPress.  Anyway, if you want to have a look at an experimental piece that I made recently check out my Flickr images, it is a small ‘rug’ made using the Osman technique but emphasing the bumps and ridges formed where I laid out less wool.  I like the effect and am planning a much larger scale piece, this one was designed using swirling water as inspiration and for the larger rug I am debating creating a mountain inspired abstract landscape.  Hopefully tomorrow morning I will get time to write a proper post, off to get ready for another day on the road!

First time getting ‘Tagged’!

Hi everyone, I have just been tagged for the first time and had to do a little bit of research to see what this actually involved!  Thanks so much for the tag Joni.

Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Share six (6) non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.  I think that you can share things that you love!
Tag at least 3 people at the end of your post and link to their blogs.
Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Six Things About Me:

1 I am exceptionally messy although people who have never been to my house assume that I am very tidy!  I drive poor Alan mad with my messiness!!

2 I love country life and am inspired by the mountains surrounding me

3 I love meeting up with friends and family and really enjoy entertaining

4 I love time to myself

5 I absolutely hate when someone puts butter in the marmalade or marmalade on the butter – please use a butter knife and a jam spoon!

6 My studio is so untidy that all I ever seem to do is move things around, where oh where do I start to get it in order??

The people that I would like to tag are Cathy, Holly, Anna and Micky.  I hope that you all accept the challenge!

An Autumn Scene

An Autumn Scene

Here is an image of the landscape that I made yesterday, it was inspired by the mountains around Clasheen and measures 35cm X 49cm.

Sculptural felt update

After the success (or lack of success!) with my last attempt to insert wire within my felt I decided to try a small sample as before but insert the wire as soon as I removed the laminate underlay resists.  It worked!!  I laid out a small landscape in Bheda wool using the mountains and fields surrounding me as inspiration.  I inserted the wire, finished the felting and fulling process and voila.  It was possible to manipulate the wire to create interesting shapes within the finished felted piece.  I can’t wait to try this out on a much more ambitious project but will have to wait until my work for the Green Energy Fair is over.