"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.


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.
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.


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