Saturday, 3 March 2007

Needlefelt Challenge - Trapped

I decided with the "trapped" challenge that I wanted to do something other than a sample.

I started with black felt which I sprayed with 505 temporary adhesive. I then cut up small snippets of silk organza in blues and golds. I wanted a "broken" rather than solid look for the lighter part of the design and so I used a shot crystal organza - it breaks up nicely with the embellisher - and it shimmers! I added a layer of copper coloured tulle to "trap" in place and then I felted it. I am not sure about using 505 with the embellisher I may need to clean the needles before I start another project. I free motion stitched over the whole piece and just need to bind it.

I had an idea in mind when I made this piece, I even had a name for it! However when I showed it to Norman and asked what he saw is reply was nothing like what I had in mind when I made it. So what do you see?

Sashiko Samples

I did these sashiko samples as covers for my folders. The represent Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter (not in that order in the pictures).

This is an overall design and one I like very much. I did a lovely Koi carp in red on a black background but it won't photograph so I can't show you that one.
Once I try a technique I like to take it one step further (or more) and this butterfly although it started out as a sashiko piece I decided to paint it. I used Stewart Gill fabric paints some are irridescent others are metallica. I love this piece and I know someone else who might - it's all glittery and she just loves sparkles!


Leanne Hurren said...

It reminds me of the moon over water Carol.

Tonniece said...

I think "Trapped" is a great name for this piece, as it really does look as though there is somebody trapped.
I really love your Sashiko pieces also.
The Buterfly is super.
Ok, Ok, I know I love them all.

Dianne said...

Well it certainly looks like some one trapped in time to me,maybe its a woman thing..
The seasons are pretty but I think 1 is missing..
The blue piece looks like a piece of the lapelon a kimono..
Now you know I'm loven the sparkly butterfly it really beautiful..
Have a great weekend..

Purple Missus said...

It looks to me like the reflection of the moon on the water.
You must tell us what you had in mind and also what Norman thought it was. Whatever, you have still managed to portray the title of trapped beautifully.

Judy Scott said...

Hi Carol Have just checked out all your quilts postcards and boxes ~ what beautiful art you have created, amazing work, Jude xx

Julaine Lofquist-Birch said...

yes, the moon...quite beautiful!

Carol said...

Well ladies the trapped challenge piece started out as a moon over the water and as I finished it I saw a figure appear. I asked Norman what he saw and he said a spinning lady, an ice skater was the image he had in mind. The more I look at it the more I see it as an ethereal spirit. It's interesting to read what others see.

Carol said...


Thank you. I just visited your blog and love it.


Thank you for spotting one of my images was missing, I fixed it.

Carol said...

The first thing I saw was a swirling spirit, and wish I had been able to comment on it before I read yours and Normans thought's
I is lovely, and I love your Shashiko set.

arlee said...

ghost on a beach in the twilight--lovely!

Patti G. said...

Carol, I wanted to say the moon over water I can see that I see the same thing as some others!!!! :0) Your felting is wonderful!
P.S. Your email has your blogspot at the sign off after your name and the address is missing the A in your last name! I figured this out to find you! :0)

Carol said...

Hi Patti,

You saw exactly what I had initially intended!

I spotted the mis-spelling but it was a one off web post and I typed it incorrectly it's OK on my normal mail, sorry.