Felted Heirloom Wedding Photo Album Gift

Felted Wedding Photo Album Gift by Anna Repke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This wonderful photo album is an heirloom piece celebrating many generations. See below for more detail on the making of this piece.

“Tried something new as a gift for my daughter’s wedding. Felted old stuff from Moms, Grandmas and Great-Grandmas for a photo album.

Felted Wedding Photo Album Gift by Anna Repke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

I took this picture so Amelia can identify the different things and, who’s they were, in the cover.

Felted Wedding Photo Album Gift by Anna Repke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Lay out of pieces over three thin layers of roving. I added bits of wool between them… just like Marie has taught in her Nuno felting video.”

Felted Wedding Photo Album Gift by Anna Repke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This is how it looked once wet felted

Felted Wedding Photo Album Gift by Anna Repke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Anna top stitched and included the initial of each person from whom the piece came from in the design, and added embellishments from the jewelry and notions.

– Anna Repke, Illinois

Wonderful Needle Felted Angel of Light

Angel of Light by Barb Sackel featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Angel of Light, Barb Sackel, New York

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.

This wonderful work art is based on a cross stitch pattern – we think it is a brilliant needle felt rendition!

“Done with my second piece. This one was titled angel of light by lavender and lace. It was a Crosstitch pattern. I had some trouble converting the pattern as you can see in the picture.

Angel of Light by Barb Sackel featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

I used batt, roving, merino top and locks. I used the locks in the ribbon and from a distance it looks like velvet. I wet felted the background with Roving and used Angelina fibers. On to the next……”

An Expression of the Seasons

Dorie Ellzey Blesoff  created these four panels to correspond to the meaning of the seasons.

Each panel represents one season, and the time of day/night that most closely connects to my feeling of that season.  I created them all in the same location, but a different season, over the course of a year and a half.  Each panel has features that resemble the geographic area in which I created them (woods, lake, paths), yet each one has its own design based on the feeling of that season.

Winter = Reflection
Spring = Reawakening
Summer = Renewing
Fall = Releasing

 

She explains her process and inspiration. With the exception of winter, she created these pieces outdoors.

1. “As above, so below,” starts in the sky for winter (pearls sewn in) are also seen as sparkles on the water, or the colors of the sunrise in spring are also seen in the colors of the flowers on the ground, etc.  

2. The time of day corresponding to the season, so winter is night, fall is twilight, spring is sunrise and summer is high noon.

 

Dorie was encouraged to be creative from an early age.  She’s done pottery, carving (on pottery and wood), and she is primarily a musician – singer/song-writer since the age of 12.  Her CD’s are available through her website.  www.dorieLZblesoff.com

Dorie explains her move towards felting:

I learned to felt as part of a special retreat in Western Ireland in 2008, to help us integrate our experience of each day.  I have experimented a bit since then, and discovered this landscape felting two years ago.  I have had fun buying roving from people who raise their own alpacas and sheep, and finding wonderful colors with which to express the colors of each season.

 

A Natural at Felting from the Beginning

Jo Schram is 66 years young, and she was a natural at felting from the very beginning. Although she doesn’t wet felt, she creates stunning landscapes that have been featured in the annual Illinois Craftworks juried show. Jo says, “I had no idea what I was doing. I knew you needed barbed needles, wool roving and felt.”

She started felting 5 years ago with regular felt she purchased at a craft store. She eventually discovered Living Felt and bought a foam base and also, a brush base.

She began to realize she could incorporate some of the hundreds of yarns and specialty fibers she had accumulated from her scrapbooking days.

I liked the way they looked and could envision them as flowers, shrubs, fields, etc. by punching them into my felt base.

I paint with the wools, trying to pay attention to shading, etc.

Jo likes her very first felting so much that she refuses to sell it. She liked the way it turned out so much that she has continued to make hundreds of landscapes.  She tries to make them as realistic as possible, thus lending a fantasy quality to her work.

Jo says she’s done some 3D felting but, “I stick myself too much!

She recently purchased a felting machine and managed to break all the needles on day two.  She said it was an expensive mistake and just recently ordered more.

She has a great deal of admiration for the artists who do the dyeing and painting of the wool. “The colors they obtain are amazing.” Jo also does pastels, and created this Otter.

Currently, Jo lives in the East Bay, San Francisco. Her works are for sale at the Berry Patch in Pleasanton, CA, and she also has at Etsy shop. She advises that her best works are in Pleasanton.

Felted Wall Hanging Land & Sea

Donna Brau is taking her felting passion in new and functional directions. Here’s a lovely example of home decor.

“I just finished this 2.5′ x 3′ land and sea wall hanging using all wool roving from Living Felt. Lately, I’ve moved away from making little critters and people to trying some more ‘unique for me’ items including wine bottle koozies, glass vase elaborations and wall decor. They seem more ‘functional’ and in some ways, more ‘artistic’ for me…but you know a photo never really seems to do these projects justice, because so much of the appeal is tactile – that wonderful textural experience while doing and then the overwhelming instinct to touch a piece when it’s done. I don’t think the photo really catches the depth of this particular piece either though I’m anxious to hang it in my home and enjoy it on a daily basis. Thanks again to Living Felt for providing such wonderful products and amazing customer service!”

Donna Brau

Felting Wool Tutorial: Wool Roving, Sliver, Batting & Top

Since we get so many questions about roving vs. top, vs batting, we have put together this little video. We do not go into detail on breeds of sheep, but this brief intro to the difference between wool batting, wool roving, wool sliver and wool top along with suggestions of felting projects you can create with each. We show samples of our merino cross batting, new zealand corriendale, merino top, merino silk blends and more. Also covers which wool you might choose for your wet felting and needle felting projects.

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