“Mother and Child”, Yuliya Chayka (in English letters) St. Petersburg, Russia
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.
“My dear friends!! On December 24, on the eve of the Catholic Christmas, two years ago my daughter Sonya was born!! This is the great Christmas gift) Probably, it’s no coincidence, I managed to finish my new woolen picture “Mother and Child” today!
Merry Christmas to all!”
This amazing “wool picture” is not felted. Yuliya hand blends the wool in small amounts and builds the picture up layer by layer until is framed under glass. She is using small amounts of fine Merino Top in tiny pinches. The process is much like that used for wet felting a picture, but she does not needle felt it or wet felt at all.
This image was shared in our facebook group – and there is a video (albeit in Russian) where she demonstrates her methods.
If you go to our fb group, search Yuliya Chayka
Photo by Dan Cepeda, Casper Star-Tribune
We were thrilled when Lisa Shanor contacted us to tell us about Painting with Wool, an article published by Casper Star-Tribune that features Lisa’s work, as well as our MC-1 Felting Batts.
“I am just sending you this for fun. I thought you might enjoy this article. You can see alot of livingfelt wools in the photos! Fun to see felt art appreciated!
Thank you, Lisa! We love seeing our felting batts captured in the beautiful photos of Lisa’s work.
Cheryl Bowen of Humming Star Alpacas is sharing fiber arts with young ones … whenever she orders, we wish we could jump in the box and go play!
While many of our Alpaca Farming friends have lots of fiber, they sometimes supplement with our wool & specialty fibers, get great deals of felting foam and needles, and even get silk chiffon for painting & nuno felting scarves!
– Cheryl Bowen, Alabama
Humming Star Alpacas
Sonja Weeks-Oswalt combines her passion for creative explorations and service to others through her art.
This beautiful, one of a kind 8 x 10 portrait of a young Mexican girl is entirely hand made of 100 percent carded wool on a background of 100 percent wool. Sonja uses Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts and New Zealand Corriedale for her work.
“I freehand all of my fiber art portraits, and use photographs of unknown children as inspiration, combining them to produce a unique child’s likeness. These works of art are 3D relief works.”
I began working on these portraits out of a deep love for the children I sponsor through Compassion International. Proceeds from my sales go to Compassion to support the Christ-centered work they do to provide hope and relieve poverty across the globe, one child at a time.
These images or a custom portrait is available through Sonja’s etsy shop:
This serene yet vibrant mermaid wall hanging was needle felted by Anne Zimmerman of New York.
She says, “I love to do needle felting as a painting medium. It is so relaxing, portable, and tactile”
These wall hanging can be made using Living Felt Merino Cross Goody Bags. Anne says, “I try to achieve a watercolor effect with the fibers…by blending and swirling the coloful fibers onto a piece of felt. I can achieve surprising shading by layering dark over light or light over dark.”
Thank you for sharing your beautiful needle felted paintings with us, Anne! We hope to see more soon!