Posts Tagged ‘needle felting’
I’m gradually filling the jars from my Goodwill shopping spree a few days ago. Here is the latest. This is a larger terrarium and it involved a combination of wet and needle felting. Wet felting the slender stems makes them a lot sturdier and more uniform in shape than needle felting. Short post, gotta work. Enjoy!
Large White Terrarium, 2010
Short post, gotta work!
Posted on October 27th, 2010 by admin. Filed under Uncategorized.
My wrists have been burning to get some new decoration. What better inspiration could a girl get for new products to sell? I made this set of three bangles over the weekend. They are needle and wet felted around a heavy duty linen cord which will hold their shape. I chose this grey because it is Icelandic wool and I am in a constant daydream about Iceland and living there. And, well, the weather has been so blustery and grey that this set sprang forth from my love of the tumultuous Autumn weather.
Grey Bangles, 2010
One of the best parts about making mushrooms is that they get more challenging. Through my research I continue to find more obscure and outlandish looking mushrooms. At first, I’m stunned, I have never seen mushrooms like this. Mushrooms are so weird! And then, I ask, could I make that out of felt?
Onward and upward. I’m submitting this, and my previous Amanita, to the Puget Sound Mycology Society Art Show. *crossed fingers* I’ve been hearing good things about mushroom lovers and their love of fungi art.
Posted on September 21st, 2010 by admin. Filed under Uncategorized.
Today’s mushroom is of the Amanita Muscaria variety. The second in this series of large-scale felted mushrooms. Personally, in craft, these mushrooms are in danger of becoming over done. They are the go-to mushroom for people who want to create a fake mushroom. I went ahead and joined the masses anyway. I made a smaller one last year for my sister Kathryn and now I’m going bigger. This baby is fully needle-felted and, I know, needs some friends.
Amanita Muscaria, 2010
Tis the season for Mycology, so look for these soon in my Etsy Store.
What kind of mushroom should be next in this series? Boleta? I’m loving this other type of Amanita but how do I not make those look phallic? Or do I care? They is what they is.
I admire the simplicity in structure and care of Air plants. Pick em up, water them and then shake them off and the rest of the time they are there for you to enjoy. I have nothing close to a green thumb so, it actually surprises me that I don’t have one of these yet. Well, for now. Its going to sit on my bookshelf until a very lucky person purchases it for their delight. Heh.
Air Plant, 3.2010
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This is a recreation of one of the many mushrooms I saw this past weekend on top of Mt. Guemes. This one is quite a bit larger than its natural counterpart. Its about 9 inches tall. Needle and wet felted. Inside the glass dish are the beginnings of an air plant terrarium.
Last week I cleaned all of these bottles that once held delicious kombucha tea. Today, I took the next step. I’m both excited and worried. I think that the project will definitely work better visually as a series. This first one looks to me more like the product of a head cold than tea. But then again, does kombucha itself even look like tea? Yum.
Sometimes people ask “well, could you make [this] out of felt?” when they see what I’m doing. Those questions stick with me as sort of a challenge in my invisible notebook (brain). As I experiment with this medium I am constantly learning what I can do and.. well I haven’t found too much that I want to do an can’t. Having the basic knowledge of how this wool fiber functions is my most powerful tool.
One more recent “question” was that of Lichen, could I make wool lichen?(Thanks Jeremy!) Well, I can, and I started small with this new terrarium. As I branch out from my mushroom infatuation the lichen will get bigger.
Terrarium with Lichen, 2010
Here is the latest installment of ‘Amanda makes felted mushrooms’ project. Is my art blog becoming predictable? Well, I really think I made some progress on creating the “paper thin” gills with this mushroom. Somehow it feels less delicate than the first gilled mushroom I’m not so sure that it is, though. I stuck with my mushroom muse Both will be up on Etsy very soon. Now isn’t that exciting?! I’m still feeling concerned about shipping these bad boys because they are art and so very fragile. I’ll figure it out, I’m mostly excited for someone to have these in their home.
gilled fungi, 2010
Etsy (soon to be live!)
Here is my first attempt at creating the gills that I have sought after in these soft sculptures.
Gilled Mushroom, 2010
It is probably the most delicate so far. I used the wet felting process to make “paper thin” sheets of wool felt. Then I starched and ironed them. Next time, in lieu of chemicals and heat, I will spend more time agitating the wool in the wet stage. More agitation, I suspect, will give me a stronger felt that will lend better to attaching the gills to the top. This one will be on Etsy when I find the right vessel for it.