First, here is my work space.
Next, I choose a piece of felt for my background. Sometimes I know what I want, other times I just look until I get an idea. Today, I knew what I wanted.
I decided to make a picture of a rock pool. So I began by making the rocks by needle felting two colours of rough carded wool.
|The two colours of wool on my foam felting pad.|
|The needle is extremely sharp and barbed, as it is pushed in and pulled out the barbs catch in the fleece tangling the fibres.|
|The wool becoming matted by the movement of the needle|
|This is the 'wrong side' of the felted wool showing how the needle drags the fibres through.|
|Here I have added extra colour.|
|Natural raw fleece is used for 'sand '.|
|The fleece is felted into the background.|
|The elements start being drawn together. The rocks are felted in place and I've used some brown fleece to represent seaweed.|
With this guidance I added these to my picture.
|Starfish and anemone.|
I added a tiny shell with a pearl. Several clear beads as air bubbles, a striped bead as a sea snail. There are highlights of green fleece and metallic thread too.
I hope you have enjoyed this insight to my work.
This piece, and the others I have made can be seen and purchased at Teeny Tiny Textile Art