Well, I really need to get back to sewing!!! I miss it.
Take care and Happy Quilting. Martha
|I started with a piece of wool fabric for my background|
|Then I began to pull pieces of wool roving off the long|
strand and place them on the wool, creating a picture.
|I really just continued in this way, trying to create a picture|
that resembled the ocean and sand with the sun coming
up in the background.
|This is all freehand, not following any photo.|
|I would do this for awhile and then take a break. Looking|
at it from all sides also helps to see where more color
|It gets pretty fluffy as the layers pile up!!|
|But as I continued I could see it come alive!!!|
|This was SO FUN!!!|
|This photo shows all my wool roving. We have a yarn shop in town and they|
have some awesome wool roving!!! It's called Knitty Gritty Yarn Shop here in Lebanon Oregon.
|Looking pretty good at this point.|
|These are my needle felting needles. The one on the right|
didn't work too well, so I just stuck with the single needle.
|I decided to needle felt the entire piece all over to begin the process of the wool|
migrating into the wool fabric backing.
|You can see all my needle felting marks!!!|
|These needles are sharp and hurt when poked in a finger!!!|
|close up of the needle felting|
|I purchased bubble wrap and taped it together to create a|
|Then I laid my piece on top of the bubble wrap.|
|This shows all my tools for the wet felting. A swimmers|
noodle, warm soapy water in the bowl and tulle.
|I laid the tulle on top of the piece. Then ladled on the warm|
soapy water. All over so it was very saturated.
|Then I rolled it all up, tied it tightly and rolled and massaged|
and even banged the entire piece on the floor.
Wet felting needs wool roving, water, soap, and friction.
I think I did this part for 30 minutes. What happens during this
process is your loose wool roving turns into felt.
|Here we are after beating it up!!!|
|I felt like it needed more, so leaving the tulle on, I added more|
water and hand rubbed it all over for about 15 minutes.
|Then to the bathtub of clean water to soak out all the soap.|
|Time to dry out!!|
|This step is the process of needle-felting in the grasses and path to the ocean.|
|I'm using that sharp needle to do this process and like before, I am just adding|
wool and creating it as I go. Kind of like painting only doing it with fuzzy stuff.
|Notice who is helping out!!??|
|You can see that I am working on a large foam piece. When needle felting, you|
have to have a thick piece of foam for the needle to go into. The wool will be
pushed through to the other side of the fabric and into the foam.
|Looking good but missing something?|
|I needle-felted in a sailboat. Lauren's family grew up|
sailing, so a very needed subject!!
|I wanted the border to seem like the ocean with the light of the|
sky and rising sun dancing.
|My sewing room.|
|Small border on and time to layer and quilt.|
|Some of the sky. Quilting this was very different than a fabric quilt.|
|OK, I hated the ocean quilting I did on this. So the day before|
this quilt was to be put in the mail, I ripped out all the ocean
quilting and re-did it. Not fun. Added a minimum of 6 hours,
but I am so happy with the results.
|Quilting the border.|
|All quilted, just need to bind it.|
|And close up so you can see the quilting!!!|
|And here it is in it's new home!!! I am so happy with the results and Lauren|
loves it. Makes my heart warmed!!!!