Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Dales in Felted Wool.


 Well hello there! Nice to see you again. Thank you for the lovely quilt comments you left on my last post :)
There has been a bit of wet felting going here recently, complimented as usual by a little machine and hand embroidery. I've tried to keep the embroidery to a minimum to let the wool take centre stage on these smaller pieces.
Inspired by the views from my attic window, Swaledale sheep,  gentle hills and the odd farmhouse. It's a good job I don't need inspiration today as it's thick fog outside, it looks as though Mother Nature has pulled a white sheet up over her head and is hiding away.
They are all worked to quite a small scale, about A4 size which means I can experiment a little as I don't usually do landscapes. They all differ slightly as I've changed the way I've used the wool in each one to see what works best.
It was nice to have something I could hold easily in my hand to embroider as usually I'm fighting with much larger pieces.
This last one is a little bigger as it is a commission piece destined for the USA complete with one black sheep and a thatched cottage. I hope the lady is question likes it, fingers crossed. 

Love Fi x


25 comments:

Angie said...

I'm sure she will love it! They are all beautiful!
Angie x

Judith said...

I love all your felted sheep. I'm sure the little black one will be loved. Judith x

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

All your landscapes are very lovely. I am sure the person will love what you have created for her. I especially love the first Sweledale Sheep one with the pink flowers. Love it.

I am planning to do my first wet felt seascape in the Spring. vbg Hugs Judy

Maggie said...

As ever, some lovely inspirational work here. They remind me of the landscapes I used to knit back in the 80s, using different wools, different stitches, to create pictures of my beloved Dales. I have in mind to do another, this time a Norfolk one with wide blue skies, red poppy fields, yellow fields of rape and so on.... someday!

The Weaver of Grass said...

These are lovely Fiona - and a jolly sight warmer than the Dales today, when fog is back with a vengeance.

The ones with a white cottage in remind me of the Hawes to Ingleton Road, where there is a shepherd's hut which used to be limewashed and kept in good repair - a really lovely landmark. Sadly now it is neglected and falling down.

Twiglet said...

Breathtakingly gorgeous! What an inspirational place the Dales are and your work certainly does them justice. x Jo

Irene said...

Stunning, beautiful and gorgeous. I love how you have captured the landscapes and sheep perfectly.
luv
irene
xxxx

Annie said...

Just stunning Fi. How lovely to be surrounded by so much inspiration.
Hugs,
A x

Stacey Moore said...

Fi these are really good my favourite is the top one! Keep up the good work!!x

Stacey Moore said...

Fi these are really good my favourite is the top one! Keep up the good work!!x

Plain Jane said...

Once again this work is beautiful. The colours you use really bring the landscape to life and I love the fact they are hanging from parts of the actual landscape itself - the twigs! Surely this should be i a gallery x Jane

cathy@potterjotter.blogspot.co.uk said...

They are all so sweet and I particularly like that they hang from little twigs! Was just admiring your quilt - it puts mine to shame ... but then mine was the first I ever made! Your lines are so ... straight! Your corners perfect! oh well! xCathy

Magnolia Tea said...

Your work is absolutely beautiful! I had no idea wet felting could yield such results. I'm really in awe of those landscapes.
Have a wonderful day!

Ali Hogg said...

hi, your landscape felt panels are stunning, ali

Ali Hogg said...

hi, your landscape felt panels are stunning, ali

Noelle the dreamer said...

This particular lady loves all your work and can't wait to see this one hanging here in our island home!
Fiona, you outdid yourself and I really like the way you display yours with the twigs.
Hugs,

julz said...

stunning - it shows that the feel of the land has got into your bones - all the best

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... Bimbi said...

Ooooh! Does that mean I'm next???? Can't wait.

This one is sooo lovely. Those gorgeous sheep.
Bimbi x

Chrissie's Crafty Corner said...

These are just beautiful and I love the twig idea! I've dropped some heavy hints to my family for my birthday/Christmas/anniversary present!! xx

Chrissie's Crafty Corner said...

These are just beautiful and I love the twig idea! I've dropped some heavy hints to my family for my birthday/Christmas/anniversary present!! xx

dottycookie said...

Oh my goodness - thos are astonishing!

pam said...

What a surprise to see the first image (my mind's eye seeing it quite large) and then to see it's size and presentation in the next image. What an imaginative way to display and view this absolutely sweet and lovely piece.

Swallow Barn said...

it is stunning - you are very talented!
Nikki x

Carol said...

Simply gorgeous. I do love your choice of colours and the way they blend. Something i would love to try one day.
Cx

kathy said...

your felt work is beautiful. i love the little bits of stitching on the small pieces too, french knot flowers! It would gladden my heart to open the mail and see one of these.