"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

First Felting Finished!

I finished the felted piece that I first showed you back in mid-May. I made some cording on my machine and hung it from a bamboo rod. I stitched some shells with natural holes to the cording. I think the rod needs something as it looks rather plain. Any suggestions? I may dip the ends is glue or UTEE and beads. I'm just not sure.
As I worked along, I wasn't sure how I was going to finish the edges. I finally decided that I liked all the raw edge pieces going on and wanted to leave them. I backed the whole piece with a bit of hand dyed scrim that was just the right size. I think it was a good decision.
Here's a close up. The whole piece is hand needle-felted, hand stitched, and hand beaded. It's about 12" x 15" not including the hanging parts. Now I need to figure out what to call it! This is one of the pieces that will hang at Eye of the Eagle in Clayton in August.
~Michelle

7 comments:

Gabriela said...

That's gorgeous Michelle!!!Too bad you weren't here to enter at the woolfest! Maybe next year I can enter it for you!

jgr said...

Beautiful colors! And big CONGRATS on Sew Somerset!!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You have a wonderful "hand" to your felting and have inspired me to return to a piece I have left unfinished. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

I will run out to pick up SEW magazine :O)!

Karen said...

Really nice Michelle, somehow it reminds me of the sea.

Cathie said...

Wow that is absolutely gorgeous. Nice work on the felting. I've hung a few pieces like this and decided that I like to use a piece of knotted, a bit crooked branch that I sand and stain a nice rich color to compliment the piece. My two leaf pieces I did this way.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36688184@N00/4008143491/
it serves the purpose and adds a bit of texture and uniqueness.

Kelly said...

Michelle! that is beautiful. Congrats. How about a piece of bamboo or a rough stick? I used some branches from the trees in my backyard for one hanging I did. I love the earthy-ness of it.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

It's beautiful Michelle! Here are some titles......Beached, Enchanted, Low Tide, Seas Drifted Dreams or Dreams Adrift.