Sunday, 3 July 2011

A ball of wool

I bought this ball of wool a while ago, just to have. It made my mouth water, all those colors together!



I seem to be drawn to these colors in the garden



Contrast has gone a bit funny but I'm still getting used to the new program.

Calendula, Alchemilla Mollis, Linarea Purpurea & Geranium. Simple flowers with a lot of zing.



                                                        A really quick sketch!


A sample. I got my needle felting machine out from under it's dust cover (thank goodness I'd put the thing on!) Had a fabulous time needling together dark pink, orange & purple with a bit of turquoise thrown in wool- I don't have any lime green wool strangely! Added to this bits & pieces of recycled fabric, mainly from clothing & some bought organza. Listening to some of these fabrics rip into ribbons is certainly part of the fun! I needled from the front & back to do a little blending. Then added recycled yarn & ribbon, some bought. I wanted to suggest the pink, purple & lime green flowers (oh, there's no lime green here ;) & then emphasize them with sketching stitches in the right flower
 shapes.


The orange flower was too much even after I stitched all over it so I trimmed them in the little hanging above - it's about 14" x 5". The purple & lime green were a little subtle so I added french knots. Pleased with the sketching around the pink flower. It really does help to hang it up & stand back & squint at it. I enjoyed making an extra piece to cut up & roll into beads - I've been longing to dangle something off some pieces! Used embroidery thread in the 4 colors to make cords. They're just pinned on the back at the moment. I'll back it with denim but this time I'll keep the wild edging as every time I look at my last felted piece with a narrow denim border I feel it looks trapped. I'll roll the top of the denim over a twig, probably, wrapped with various cords & ribbons in all the colors I can possibly find, well within the 5 used anyway. ;) I may add beads but my eyes had had enough.

I started a second one at the early stage & look forward to getting back to it.



Couldn't help the turquoise getting into both of them. I guess that's forgetmenot, but they're over of course - pale cornflower? I'll think of something! My garden is being so useful at the moment, even having to water it, I will willingly.

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18 comments:

ju-north said...

These new pieces are so colourful - so much to look at!

Ro Bruhn said...

Love the ball of wool and all of the colour. Your felted piece with the dangly bits is divine.

Katie said...

I also drool over balls of wool and all those colors! I love what you made with it and enjoyed seeing the process and inspiration!

Jan said...

that ball of wool is nearly art in itself. Loving your new pieces, very nicely melded colors. Great that you find inspiration from your garden. My roses are just now coming on, my creativity is maybe coming back although the piece I am currently working on is neutrals. I love your dangly bits! your art dangly bits, that is;-)

jan said...

These are beautiful, I love all the delicious colours in the middle piece especially x

Angela said...

These new pieces are lovely, the colours are so vibrant. Love how you dangled the little beads from the bottom of your hanging

artymess said...

Mouthwatering indeed ....i love that first sample its so deliciously scrummy .....xx

Catharina Maria said...

You have made wonderful art with these colors !
Love ♥RINI♥

Beverley Baird said...

The wool is gorgeous - you almost hate to use it!
Your pieces are lovely! I've never tried anything like that - looks like great fun!

Julie said...

Yummy!

Heloise said...

What a wonderful collection of colours you have used. Love the middle piece with the added beads.

Linda said...

I ♥LOVE♥ these hangings Emma! You're on to a winner I think :-)
XX

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

My kind of brights Emma, these are brilliant, love the hanging parts and the whole feel of the texture here. xox Corrine

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

The colors are breath taking.

Suztats said...

wild and colorful, Emma, but very pleasing to the eye. Wonderful balance, and I like the dangly bits.
Looking forward to seeing the second one finished. I'm loving the turquoise!

Jenevieve said...

That wool is gorgeous! Love your new pieces, so pretty! :) x

Iz said...

These are so bright and cheerful, and I love the dingle dangle beads. And that ball of wool is making me drool...

Quilters Cottage Norfolk said...

Hello Emma,
I love these wool wall hangings, they are fabulous.
Best wishes,
jane C