WOW! We think Kate nailed this…don’t you?
– Kate Frego, Canada
Princess of Wales Parakeet with Hibiscus Flowers, Sandi Kramer
“The burlap bag that came with my first Living Felt order was my inspiration. I machine felted onto the burlap haphazardly until I saw the image of a bird appearing in the wool.
Everything else came from there. The burlap bag was just ‘speaking’ to me to be a part of my art.”
Sandi Kramer, Arizona
Winging It, Rebecca Hostetter
“I was completely blown away when I stumbled upon Moy Mackay’s books on wool painting. This was copied from one of the art pieces she featured in her book as a picture, but was not a project pieces with instructions. So I had to wing it…Oka, I admit it. I couldn’t resist! 🙂
What I am most excited to share is the method I used. I used the artfelt paper. This wonderful invention allows you to create detailed art that stays in place during the felting and requires no hand felting. All my flat felt painting is done using this incredible paper.”
Winging It, Rebecca Hostetter
Blue Heron, Sandra Atkins
“When we moved to our new house in SC we discovered that the builder put a big ugly electrical box in our hallway. I had been needle felting 3D figures for about 18 months and decided to try a 2D wall hanging to cover the box.
Since we live on the marsh, a heron was the natural choice for my subject. The electrical box was fairly large and at the time I didn’t have a large foam mat so I had to do the piece in sections.”
prefelted background; all natural fibers (mostly from Living Felt) including core wool, merino top, silk blend and locks, plus some karakul fiber in the grasses from a local VA breeder
Sandra Atkins, South Carolina
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.”
Justine did an amazing job capturing this sweet little one. She used our MC-1 Batting.
“My first people portrait, all living Felt wool. Hope the gift is well received. It sure was a challenge.”
– Justine Heinrichs, Wisconsin
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.
-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