Today I needle felted and machine stitched some threads, ribbon and yarn to an eco dyed wool background.
New journal covers coming up! [6 photos]
Here is an overview of the textile art postcards I’ve been working on. They will now be mailed all over the world!
Made from pieces of eco dyed wool blanket, incorporating oil stick rubbings of a carved panel, needlefelting, machine quilting, hand embroidery and metal washers.
Music is “Nocturne” by Duo Sol.
i’ve been working on these for just over a week
here are the first 3 pieces (one still being worked on and unframed)
i’m calling them my impressionist series –
[needlefelted thread and yarn snippings, fabric scraps and ribbon onto wool felt; machine quilted in free motion; hand stitched embroidery]
to find out how i started this project, click here
in between other projects and looking after the gallery, i’ve been layering some thread and wool snippings onto an A4-sized sheet of wool felt
then i needelfelted the whole thing before adding torn strips of fabric and ribbon and needlefelting it again
the photo above shows the completed first stage, just after i cut it up
my daughter suggested making the strip into a cuff – good idea!
will post the final ‘products’ when i’ve done the embroidery – finished one tonight …
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
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