Painting with…. Fiber? Felted Tapestries!

September 30, 2016 , In: Beadwork, Favorite Posts, Fiber, Mixed Media

Felt. Fiber… Not my usual materials…but its so much fun!

I am always looking for ways to evolve my work, and creatively challenge myself. And as an artist/business person I am also thinking of ways to offer my pieces to consumers in a new and enticing format. These felted tapestries hit on all marks, in my opinion. My pendants are the star, yet showcased in a non jewelry fashion. I can satisfy my Muse’s love of color and touch on my painting background – in a fast and immediately satisfying genre. Here – let me show you…

I often start with a shape cut from an up-cycled felted sweater. It’s a great cost-friendly canvas. Here I am needle felting with wool roving, onto a navy sweater piece. I plan to pair this with my mermaid ceramic pendant… and a few curly locks were the right “splash” of accent color.

Felting, finishing edges, and embellishing… 

I also use “pre-felt” as a canvas. I like to use the focal as the starting point for the wool palette. Here the focal is a polymer and resin mixed media piece with a vintage Art Nouveau illustration. (Please note: I am not going into the HOW of needle felting here. That could be a topic in the future. I will list resources below.) 

Felting the tapestry, folding and felting the edges. 

The joy to me is adding beads! But hang on – lets get the focals in place… I use waxed linen and a tapestry needle. A few simple stitches and done. They disappear into the felt texture… Or you can leave the waxed linen ends on the front of the piece and embellish with a few beads there too!

Waxed linen to attach the piece to the felted tapestry. 

Here is this batch ready to go – but the larger rectangular pieces need something else…

Waiting for bead embellishment… 

Excellent! Stamping blanks from Nunn design are the right size and scale.

A little word play… 

Alright – time to bead. I’m off. What no bead pictures? Here let me tide you over with this one until next time – when I will talk beaded embellishments and framing/presentation for these lovelies.

Stay tuned for beads and framing next time! 

Stay tuned for next time: beading! Framing! Secrets exposed! (Or at least happily shared…)



Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Davies-Reazor is a mixed media artist inspired by myth, folklore and the natural world. A proud Jack-of-all-trades, she concentrated in metals and painting in art school, turned to clay during her teaching career, and is truly happiest when mixing materials in unusual ways. From clay to resin, paper to polymer... Since leaving her ceramics classroom, Jenny is always in the studio: fabricating jewelry, creating ceramic shrines and decorative tiles, and teaching in a variety of mediums. " I love sharing my passion for art, and seeing sparks light up in student's eyes..."
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