Recently I took a needle felting class with Christie Minchew, where we used a barbed needle to mesh fibers (wool, yarn, ribbon, paper) to each other and to a commercial felt base, all without stitching. You can read about it here. I started two small pieces in class and have been working on them at home. I love all the interesting textures, colors and shapes that you can get with needle felting, starting with no plan in mind and making it up as you go along.
Even though these are only my first needle felted pieces, I have had the audacity to name them and frame them!
I thought this piece looked like the profile of a girl with a ponytail having an ummm.... shall we say... interesting... hair day! I named it Feelin’ Kinda Crazy Today.
This one with flower-like shapes I called Sophisticated Lady because of the large flower in the upper right - it's sheer and shimmery, made from turquoise organza ribbon, dug up from Christie's stash, and stands out from the other 'regular' flowers, which are wool roving.
I’ve always framed my silk paintings without glass, but I’m experimenting with putting these felted pieces in shadowbox frames.
I must say, I quite like the 3-dimensional effect of the frames... what do you think? This Saturday I'm going to learn another felting technique from Christie - wet felting. Can' wait!