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

Fantastic Needle Felted Fox

Needle Felted Fox by Donna Moore featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Didn’t Donna do a fantastic job on her fox? Everyone fell in love with it and we all are in love with her work table as well — she covered it with vintage rulers …. just fabulous! 🙂

“Tried my hand at the fox and can’t wait to start on the Cardinal!”

– Donna Moore, Texas

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
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Precious Felted Barn Owl Family Picture

 Felted Barn Owl Family Picture by Linda Brodersen featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What a precious family captured in pictures, and in felt.

“I had to say goodbye to my barn owl family, made on commission for a friend. These two “lovebirds” and family were in her brother’s barn and he captured this precious picture by leaving a video camera on. I think his pic should win an award! I hope I did them justice. I’m happy to say my friend loved them, and as usual, my hubby said, “I want that” so guess what I’m doing again! Hopefully it won’t take me as long the second time.”

– Linda Brodersen, Michigan