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Old 02-20-2012, 02:17 AM
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Fencepost -- machine felted

A project this weekend, from a drawing a few months ago. I have been inspired by a wonderful book, Drawn to Stitch, which explores the crossover of drawn line, form and then how it translates into fiber. So in my Fiber Art journal, I have a series of drawings, largely from nature, that I am now working with.

This is "Fence Post" - machine felting and quilting on grey silk, with quilted background. 8 x 10.



The scanner is flattening it out, as there are two layers of quilting. The fence post is machine felting, then made into a quilt sandwich with the crack lines quilted. I then wet felted roving into a cord, needlefelting it on and adding the shadow. I did not want the shadow to be quilted down like the crack lines. so it goes over the quilting. Then I quilted a simple background. I went REALLY simple, and with no embroidery or bead embellishment, as I wanted the subtle aspect of the machine felted wool to stand out. I then put the fence post section on the background, with more batting to make it puff out a bit. then I hand quilted some of the larger black cracks and knots. The result is a 3D sense, both from the loft of the batting and the the shadowing.

Here is the original drawing -- watercolor pencil and graphite.




Comments and crit's most appreciated!

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Nicely done!
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Wow, now that's painting with fabric.
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Well done Jen !!
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Brava!
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Beautiful work, Jen! I wish I could watch you do this. I have no idea how you do it!
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Re: Fencepost -- machine felted

Thanks all! I am loving my machine felter!

Bonnie, the machine felting (compared with needle felting) lets one work with a thinner layer of wool / roving and gives a flatter finish. Just the sheer amount of power, number of times the needles punch the wool gives such a different result from doing it by hand. As a result you can put down small amounts, blend colors, make more subtle transitions. Another artist who has recently posted here in the Forum, Linda Hall (Fabricart) describes it as "wool painting." It is really true -- creating form through layers and sections of color, just like with pastels, chalk and paint.

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Re: Fencepost -- machine felted

This is beautiful, Jen! Love the laying of felting & quilting... thanks for explaining the process. Made me wonder if you'd been wandering around my yard though... I've got a few just like it
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Just amazing, and I have a few of those fence posts too, and I walk right past them looking for something to paint. You have the most active and creative imagination Jen, love it!
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very creative ,I love your work !
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