rainforest + needlefelting

this is a selection of my needlefelted samples, made before i created the exhbition piece i blogged about earlier, called forbidden fruit

this sample (1 of 4) ended up being framed

i called it rainforest

after needlefelting layers of fibres onto a broken/found piece of crochet mounted on alpaca wadding, i embroidered it heavily, and then added beads and 2 metal leaves

it is mounted on a padded background covered in vintage silk

the 3 remaining samples are waiting for the next step

i used the same techniques but played with different colour groups

these were also machine quilted before adding hand stitching etc.

sample 2

sample 3

sample 4

the samples followed suggestions i found in quilting arts magazine, but they took on a life of their own and became my unique creations


not for salesamples 1, 2,3

forbidden fruit

in 2011 i bought myself an embellisher so i could try some needlefelting

i made some samples first [which i’ll post separately]

then i started needlefelting a circular piece which became the centre of a round quilt

the background is the tops of 2 pairs of men’s socks, including a worn-out pair made by my mother

i needlefelted threads, yarns, torn fabric and ribbon onto the background

then i added machine quilting, followed by lots of hand embroidery

the border (which was tricky to fit) was then handquilted with red thread

some washers from the hardware section of our supermarket surround the central circle

the binding is made from the wrong side of a piece of patterned fabric

this quilt is currently touring around tasmania as part of an exhibition called circles

here is the artist’s statement i wrote to go with the quilt –

forbidden fruit offered on a plate –

luscious, succulent and sweet at first,

followed all too often by disappointment,

disillusionment and pain

© Rita Summers 2011

for sale – click here

river 2

this is the finished river community project

i love the way each section was individually made by different people, yet it all comes together so beautifully

being in australia, some parts of the river are in drought


river 1

i made this sample for a community installation workshop i taught in queensland, called river

this first step was to stitch white-on-white on shaped pieces of cotton wadding using scraps of lace, torn fabric, buttons, embroidery and (in my case at least) crochet –

the next step was to dye it in 3 different colours using the microwave –

i chose blue, purple and green for my sample

[next post – photos of the finished installation]


chairs abandoned in odd corners

i took an old chair for a walk around our yard and photographed it

then i manipulated the photos digitally