Felt pictures

Not mine you understand, the work of a small group of students this week. The day began with me thinking it would be a very small group, just me and Tanya in fact but then, Anthea and Ros turned up and the day got quite lively. It’s a shame Delia was unable to join us as I do think she’d have had fun. We set the world to rights, squealed with laughter at things discussed at the school gates, drank tea, ate biscuits and held a group discussion about a Chattel house.

Oh, I suppose you want to see what people made. Well first up is this calm blue offering from Ros who was attracted to the repeated arch theme.


It was Ros’s first ever piece of felt and she managed very well, it’s not always easy working in a single colour but this works for me. Below, is the first piece by Tanya who was attracted by the shape of the leaf and has every intention of using this as a base for embroidery. Tanya was the first to use a resist and you can see the inner part of the leaf stands proud from the background.


Ros’s second piece is another piece of felt destined to be embellished.


It’s in bright, happy colours, not that Ros knows where it will go as she doesn’t have these colours in any rooms at home but the colours just called to her. I think it was Tanya  who suggested it would make a lovely table mat.

Tanya’s second felt is based on a flower and again features 3D work. It’s a real shame I can’t show it to you finished because I’m sure it’s going to be spectacular. After making felt rolls to be added when the work is dry, Tanya made more felt rolls which were attached during wet felting.


The curly bits are Teeswater curls and the orange just sings our against the blue. I do hope Tanya remembers to send a photo when it’s finished. Anthea came with a theme in mind, a Chattel house. After making pre-felt in pink (house), grey (roof) and green (shutters) we held a group discussion about the building.


I know you can’t see it. Anthea was very unhappy about how it looked, it would have needed some later embellishment to help seat it in the picture and knowing herself well enough that it would never be finished, the house was, with group consensus, removed. However. her addition of a figure on the shore was inspired.

Drawing further inspiration from Tanya’s leaf, resists were used under two of the palm tree leaves to allow them to hang free of the background. You can just see coconuts underneath one of the leaves. I should have taken a picture of the stripey pre-felt Anthea intended to use for the house shutters as she swears she’s going to make it into a courgette!



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