Monthly Archives: January 2017

The garden grows

This large commission piece is really taking shape now. I’ve been mixing bright colours of dyed wool and thinking about summer on these dreary January days. The inspiration for this design came from my own flower gardens. I have a series of raised beds that I plant with a rainbow of dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers. Looking down from my upstairs studio, the garden looks like waves of bright colours.wp-1484584266628.jpg

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Moving along

The canvas has taken shape. I used a hand tool that holds eight barbed needles to tack the wool fibers to each other. This canvas, the largest I’ve ever made, used more than a pound of wool fiber!

I’ve also added another layer using a mix of six different shades of green wool. This forms the background of the garden design. I tacked it in place allowing a border of the plain gray wool to show all around. In the finished piece it will have the visual effect of a mat.

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Commission Underway

The hectic December show schedule and holidays are behind me. January is typically a steady stream of show application deadlines but this year I am also working on a commission project. The customer liked my Garden Impressions design but needed a larger horizontal format for her wall. The size she chose makes this the largest felt panel I’ve undertaken. It is exciting and challenging due to the sheer size. This first picture shows the construction of the wool canvas. It is created with more than a pound of wool stacked in thin alternating layers.

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Creating the wool canvas

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