No, I’m not down but I do seem to have done quite a lot of work in blue recently not least of which is the cushion below. It’s a wonderful mix of warm and cold blues onto a white background.
I’ve incorporated wool roving, turquoise Teeswater curls, bits of crystal organza and turquoise and white silk fibres.
After felting I’ve also added some areas of stitch using a loose french knot in: ice blue, teal, navy turquoise and sea green. It’s an envelope style cushion and the back is plain white.
My fibre of choice? Blue Faced Leicester of course!
I decided to make an all in one envelope cushion in Blue Faced Leicester fibres and set to with a will. I began by making pre-felts in 5 different colours and influenced by folk art was thinking of stylised trees and flowers.
As you can see, the laying out went well. The background was worked to pre-felt stage and my trees and flowers laid out.
I was very happy with it at this stage and it looks quite fine. As it’s a cushion it needs to be well felted and I knew that pre-felts can sometimes appear to ‘bleed’ so I was working with quite firm pre-felts. Even so, it’s really not a good finish.
The white has really come up through the colours as expected but hasn’t given me quite such a pastel finish as I’d hoped for. What really ruins it for me is the ‘bleeding’ on the black pre-felt so this is now destined to be a sample. It did lead me to further experimentation with pre-felts and I can push them much further than I’d thought and still successfully felt them together. We live and learn.