Wool Painting - Needle Felted Cottage Landscape
Painting with wool by needle felting wool onto wool fabric is a new
and exciting art. There are very few people experimenting with this
and so I had to teach myself by trial and error. This piece is totally
needle felted, no part of it is wet felted. I printed a photo of a cottage then loosely sketched it with pencil, onto the wool. The rest was from my imagination.
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Pin it to the foam. It's important to do this to keep it from moving as you work.
Lightly sketch the landscape or picture.
For the cottage, I used a mix of white and tan.
For the roof I mixed textures and colors to give it a rustic appearance.
Experiment with how you lay the wool down. For the roof I went vertical and for the house I went horizontal.
I also mixed a tad of gray wool into the sky.
Finish the windows by twisting wool and felting as you go. Begin adding the grass by using a light green. Although I didn't add the fence until later (I sensed something was missing) you should add the fence now (see fence pic below).
To make the flower stems, twist a light olive green in your fingers and then carefully felt the thin stem onto the wool. This is tiny, fine work, you may need glasses.
The roses are made with a variegated rose colored roving. I took a small piece and twisted it in my fingers until it turned upon itself and then used a fine needle to felt it onto the stems.
The daisies were the most challenging. A fine piece of white, carefully twisted and then made into figure eights is then felted on. Add small yellow balls to the middles.
Don't felt down every part of the petal, let it stick out a little.
Add the wispy grass to the bottom. Add cross pieces to the windows.
Each sunflower petal was done individually on another foam mat and then attached to the main piece one by one. They purple flowers are simply two rose flowers put together. The small pink flowers at the bottom are simply small felted balls. I rolled them between my fingers until they had a good shape and then I felted them on.
Add more grass to the background. Stand back, look, put it away for a few hours and then repeat. You will find things you want to change, add a little here and a little there until it looks just right to you.
Drying fairy roses
At the cottage garden
If you are a felter, you NEED this book! I refer to it constantly.
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