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.”