Felted Tapestries & Wall Art
Felting is such a satisfying activity. The sensual feel of the wools, silks, cottons and such make the process almost more enjoyable than viewing the end result. Most tapestries are wet felted and some have needle-felted embellishments added. I am particularly fond of adding lady bugs to pieces - they're such fun to felt! (oh, and anything with a ladybug or goat qualifies for my Goat Project fundraiser)
The wet felting process involves laying out wool roving fibres as if I were “painting” with wool. The pieces are often embellished with silk, sari threads, other natural fibres and anything else that will felt in order to create the image I want. The piece is then felted using hot water, soap and agitation to help the fibres mesh together into one cohesive piece that’s strong, yet soft. Much like watercolor painting, the felting process tends to change the colors and move fibres around, so I’m never exactly sure what I’m going to end up with.
Barnyard Series: Sheep, Goat, Pig, Rooster, Cow, each approx 12" x 16".