Picture workshop

A couple of pictures from yesterday’s workshop to share with you.

This one by Anne was still in the making and the soap is obscuring the colours somewhat but I bet it’ll look great once it’s dry.

Margaret was working from a photo and wanted to know how to bring more life into her work by using relief and working with pre felts. It was coming together quite nicely and I know it will be transformed with more relief work and stitch before we next see it.

This was Angie’s first picture, worked from a photograph and quite successful. Another one destined to be stitched into!

Jackie brought in a black and white photo of a landscape reflected in water to work from. It’s come out very well and the silk added to give greater lightness to the piece is just beginning to shine as it dries.

Textured pictures

Another really lovely workshop with lots of chatter and some wonderful work from the participants. We were exploring how to add texture to pictures.



Anne put a rope of felt between layers that created the strong raised heart outline. Texture on top from a further felt rope, dyed Teeswater fleece, nepps and fabric.


Sue also tried out a felt rope between layers to create this lovely tree silhouette.



Jane’s moonlight picture worked well. A little noil under the fabric of the moon raised it up and the second fabric piece on the sea crinkled in a way that suggests waves.


Another way to create texture is to cut sections away to give different depth and in this case to reveal a second colour.


Sue’s picture has gentle texture through additions of wool nepps, dyed BFL fleece and short pieces of yarn.


It was inspired by a magazine photo and is a lovely interpretation.


Jane did exceptionally well creating this high relief picture of a lilly.


Ttexture was created on the background by the addition of crystal organza.


Nicky’s piece was inspired by a holiday photograph.


The lighthouse was created with a piece of pre-felt, some beige fabric, black wool and a piece of black netting.


Lots of texture in the foreground with rock shapes between layers of wool, fabric, yarn, nepps and parts of an old scarf on the top. It works very well

Picture workshop

I taught a private workshop on Thursday and wanted to share the output with you.



Karen and Victoria are new felt makers, very pleased with their first effort (and they should be) which are both destined for further embellishments.



First felt making when you’re not sure what’s going to happen or what it’s going to look like is always so exciting. I love the exuberance of Karen’s second piece and I know Victoria was very pleased with her sheep. We used recycled plastic fibres for the sheep which as they don’t felt down down add more of a 3D element to the sheep.

Book Review

Andrea Hunter is a well known felt maker who specialises in felt paintings which owe much to fine art techniques. For those interested in picture making Andrea has written a book ‘Creating Felt Pictures’

If you’re looking for a book that teaches lots of felt making techniques then I’ll state right now, this isn’t the book for you. It is very specifically aimed at those  interested in felt pictures and not other forms of felt making.

However this is a great book for taking you through all the elements to consider with picture making. Andrea begins by extolling the virtues of collecting images through photographs and sketches before beginning work, how she sets up her workspace, what wools she uses and basic feltmaking skills.

There’s information on how to create lines with wool, setting out a basic structure for your picture, how Andrea uses pre-felt for definition and tips on persepective. It also covers; proportions, focal points, 3D illusion, balance and how to scale pictures up if you wish to work larger.

After the drawing elements above Andrea then covers painting with wool in which she discusses how to blend colours, different ways of layering fibres for effect and light and shadow.  If you had a bad experience with art as a child don’t let these terms frighten you. Andrea discusses them in a very clear way and walks through how they affect her work and what you need to consider, it’s all very straightforward. There’s even a section on hand dyeing and presenting work.

If you like creating felt pictures I’d recommend this book

My turn

I was inspired by Saturday’s workshop to play around and create a picture of my own.I began by laying out carded fibres before wet felting the scene of the cow and calf rocks in Ilkley.

I used one of my own sunset photos as inspiration but wasm’t completely happy with the sky as I made it too dark. Well, I’ve had a little play and added more fibres using needle felting.  I’m much happier now.

This one was created using only wet felting techniques.

It’s inspired by a photo I spotted on the internet and just fancied having a go. The fibres for the tree were carded browns and blacks but everything else was laid on in layers. I just kept adding more until I liked what I had plus my home grown critic (daughter) agreed I could stop.

Generally, pictures aren’t one of my favourites but I think I may be doing a few more now – I’m in the mood.

What a view!

Just two of the pictures created at Saturday’s felt workshop. Lindisfarne by Ruth and the icy mountain picture by Ruth  (2). It was a very creative day so much so, that I won’t be showing all the pictures created as there were too many and I had a technical failure with the camera meaning some pictures were too blurred to be used (what do you mean ‘user error’ ?)

A great picture by Chris who’s new to felting, you wouldn’t believe it would you?  All the pictures were created using Merino wool fibre and a variety of techniques for laying out.

This careful study is by Barbara who has a love of birch trees. I thought you might like to see what was used for inspiration so have included the source material on this one.

This pretty, dynamic flower is by Sandra and was a favourite with my daughter. It’s amazing how a camera transforms them from pieces of wet felt into pictures.

A second picture by Barbara and created in a very different manner to the first. Had I had any available I’m sure Barbara would have created the first picture using tweezers but this was done in a looser more fluid manner and a shorter time but is no less lovely.

This evocative scene is by Ruth. The detailed tree gives structure but the background and leaves are in an impressionistic style.

This was Mich’s second picture but is the one I choose to show as it’s so very different in style to the others. It’s interesting to see how Mich interpreted the postcard and just how successful it’s been.

Everyone created beautiful work and my sincere apologies to Pauline as due to my blurred photos I haven’t been able to show any of her work. My thanks to Chris for her assistance in tidying and sorting the wool in her free moments. Thank you all ladies, I’m inspired to go and have a play!

Friday felt

A small select group met at my house on Friday for a smidgen of felt making.
We’d not met before but we had a great day together, I know I had a ball and felt energised by the session.

Claire had never made flet before , lovely colours on here, inspired by pebbles.

Simple but very effective felt from Kirsten.

Ang loves driftwood and tree bark.

A lovely landscape from Claire.

A wonderful textured tree bark from Ang, can’t wait to see what she creates at home
so remember to send me a pic Ang.

A painstakingly created hellebore from Pippa. the colours are wonderful,
the stamens stand out from the centre and although it’s not quite finished in the picture the
edges of the petals will also curl upwards.

Great landscape  from Kirsten, have you spotted the castle?
Come back soon ladies, I’m ready for another session when you are!

Textile Art Pool workshop

This is the final one of my three workshops for Textile Art Pool a cheerful creative bunch of ladies dedicated to textiles. Their main activity is quilting but they like to broaden their work and incorporate new skills where they can. Our focus for the day was texture although some preferred to focus on pictoral work.

We used; net vegetable bags, throwsters silk waste, cotton wool, recycled plastic fibres, crystal organza, muslin, hessian and ropes from old blinds to create the textures. As usual, the ladies were enthusiastic, creative and supplied me with a fbaulous lunch. My thanks to you all.