Amazing Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

A Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona
– by Debra Bosio Riley, Michigan

This week we share with you four different artists who have created art works on similar subjects, using four very different approaches to create a 2D work of fiber art.

First, Debra posted this amazing piece in our facebook group and blew us all away. Lots of questions were asked, and below we have included snippets of her responses to the community. She shared that most of her fibers were from Living Felt MC-1 Batts — and some of the facial colors she dyed with kool-aid. She drew the outlines for the art free-hand. She was very generous to show the work in different stages and share that the detail and shading comes in layers.

“Mostly wool needle felted, just a bit of buttercup silk embroidery thread for the crown, and other embellishments. Finished this last week. I did this to teach myself… It’s done after a detail of Sandro Boticcelli’s Madona el Magnificant.

I took a square of white silk fabric and placed it over a similar size piece of 1/8″ thick white wool felt. These I pinned onto a foam felting block, then I drew the image onto the silk with a felt tipped pen.

I stabbed all of it. I called it painting because that’s the only way I could describe it. I’m fairly new to needle felting, and this is all needle felted.

… I’m a beginner really, though I have spent my life as a painter. Here is a photo of a few layers as I went. I drew the image on silk backed by white wool felt. It may help you get an idea of how I did this. Layers, lots of layers.”

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Awesome Fire Mountain Designer Pack Felted Ensemble

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We challenged the ever-adventurous Sonja Weeks Oswalt of Tennessee to felt up anything she felt inspired to with our Fire Mountain Designer Pack, and she made this awesome ensemble.

Fire Mountain Designer Pack featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

She added approx. 2oz of additional fiber so she could make all 3 pieces. The scarf is nuno felted and the silk was initially dyed with Kool-Aid. The wrist warmers were wet felted over a resist, we have a free video lesson for this, and the hat was first wet felted flat and then shaped over a hat block.

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog. She used the Fire Mountain Designer Pack.

The wrist warmers can shrink quite a bit!

Wet Felted Wrist Warmers by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

 

The Blonde Bombshell

Beth Drucker calls this piece “The Blonde Bombshell.”


First I sketched in the face, then I figured out what kind of hair I wanted it to have. I drew the “hair” out separately on a piece of flat, felted wool fabric, then needle felted the dyed fiber/hair onto the felted wool fabric. I used a couching stitch to keep the wool in place. Then I hand-sewed the hair onto the denim jacket. The beret is velvet fabric attached with french knots. The face is painted and embroidered. There are also leather, crystals, beads, and nailhead trim embellishing the rest. It is lined with a re-cycled tablecloth.

The hair for this image was done with felted raw fiber dyed “blonde!”

We suggest stepping back a few steps to view the image. It’s really stunning!
Learn more about Beth at
www.arielcreations.com