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Anatomy of a Felted Still Life

This is a still life felting project I worked on during the autumn of 2018. I assembled this picture using a combination of wet felting, needle felting, as well as hand and free motion embroidery. I’m often asked what different fibres can be used for, so I though I’d share some of the materials used in this project.

A – This project started with a background made from natural white Merino pre-felt that was slightly larger than the finished picture.

B – The vase along with the flowers and leaves are made from Merino roving which has been blended to provide some shading and depth. Using multiple colours and densities of fibre help prevent flat looking areas of solid colour.

C – Strands of banana silk fibres in a complimentary colour were added to the table surface to make it more interesting.

D – Recycled silk fibres help in adding texture to the surface and add some eye catching sparkle.

E – Loose locks add a decorative spray from the bouquet, like decorative twigs or sprigs of leaves.

F – Clusters of wool nepps and small pieces of wool locks add areas of interest like babies breath or willow buds.

G – Throughout the picture machine embroidery with cotton thread is used to darken the shadows and to help define other areas.

H – Chunks of tightly wound banana silk fibres provide the finest details in the smaller flower clusters.

I – Bright embroidery floss stitched by hand are used to create eye catching highlights.

Which fibres or embellishments will you try in your next project? As always, please let me know if you have any questions about our materials or need advice on how to use them.

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