Lovely Felted Virgin Mary

Felted Virgin Mary by Kimberly Pulli featured on www.livingfelt.com/blogMother Mary, Kimberly Pulli, Pennsylvania

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.

Kimberly Pulli of Pulli’s Woollies is fast becoming known for her incredible art work purses featuring unique and beautiful faces of women. This lovely Virgin Mary is on a purse that was a gift for her Mother-in-Law. Kimberly wet felts the purse and uses it as a canvas. Her process includes both wet felting and needle felting in stages.

She uses Living Felt MC-1 Batts, Merino Tops, Luster Fibers, Silk Fabrics and other fibers for her textural art works.

We are very excited that Kimberly will come teach a class at Living Felt this summer.

Felting Faces Class with Kimberly Pulli featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We still have space in her 3-day class in July. It is going to be fun!

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

Painting with Wool: Realistic Animal Portraits Workshop

Painting with Wool featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

Painting with Wool: Realistic Animal Portraits
2-day Needle Felting Workshop with Dani Ives

Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790

Date: May 18th-19th FRI, SAT
Time: 9am- 4pm Friday & Saturday

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Includes wool, wool felt fabric, embroidery hoop, all supplies and use of shop tools such as felting needles and foam.

Students will work with Living Felt brand fibers including our CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts, New Zealand Corriedale, Alpaca and other fibers.

Painting with Wool: Felting Realistic Animal Portraits
Come learn how to needle felt realistic two-dimensional animal portraits with fiber artist, Dani Ives. You’ll learn the entire process of creating a needle felted animal portrait. We’ll chat about selecting and assessing an image, methods of transfer, and use of color to mimic lighting and texture. You’ll learn about adding key details and techniques to emphasize realism and make your portraits pop. Dani will be offering detailed demonstrations and tons of individual instruction.

Topics Covered:

-Composition

-Assessing an image for a portrait: how to study an image to determine what colors to use in order to portray the light and shadows and how to work with bone structure and fur (or feathers/scales/skin)

-Transferring Image: either reversed with transfer pen, or poke and connect dots

-Eyes: Demonstration, order of pieces, tricks to make them “pop”

-Nose: Order of pieces, demo

-Color blending, working dark to light, bottom layer to top

-Fur textures: short, shiny, long (Other animal covering textures as needed)

-Sharp lines, cleaning up edges, outlines for drama

More Info or Register Here

Beautiful Felted Bird Portrait

Felted Bird Portrait by Rachel Carter featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“I love experimenting with new techniques and generally becoming braver with my ideas. This piece is my newest that I made yesterday; I made prefelt out of black merino and alpaca with rainbow silk, cut out the shape of the bird and assembled everything on black prefelt. The background has merino, yak, and baby camel/silk blends. I already have ideas for my next experiment with this style!”

– Rachel Carter, Orgeon
Rock and Flower Felt

Spectacular Felted Tiger Portrait

Felted Tiger by Adrienne Assinewai-McGee featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What a spectacular work of art!

“Forest Guardian” 8 inch hoop, all Living Felt wool and whiskers kindly donated by our cat Stryder. This was inspired by someone else’s tiger creation posted on here [Living Felt Friends Group] awhile ago (sorry forgetting names! ??). I loved it so much and wanted to take a crack at it myself later so here’s the end result!”

– Adrienne Assinewai-McGee, Ontario Canada
RavenStar Studio

Adorable Felt Dog Portrait

Felted Dog Portrait by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

It is NO WONDER that Sonja is getting a waiting list for commissions! This little angel just stole our hearts!

Finn the Dog featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“Meet Finn. He is a chi-chinese crested mix. Left at the shelter because his owners thought he was ugly. I think he is awesome.” ~Sonja shared he is no longer at the shelter … now with a friend 🙂
– Sonja Weeks Oswalt, Tennessee