Wall Art - Original Felted Art Pictures

This gallery shows you my original felted pictures, framed and unframed. To see my home decor and wearable please look at the relevant page.

Wall Art - Original Felted Art Pictures

Wall Art - Original Felted Pictures:

I began felting in 2019. It was a gift from my husband. It was the year we decided, we had enough ‘things’ and wanted experiences. I chose two felting workshops. From then, I was hooked. I have been a teacher in high schools for the last 24 years. I have taught many subjects, specialising in Design & Technology, Textiles and Art.

I have practised many crafts and art techniques BUT could not get a handle on felting. These workshops changed everything. From then, I have been making felt, almost daily. I also joined a local art group and Open Studios. Very exciting times.

Then Covid came…. I practised many, many times. Through my wonderful art group, I meet lots of lovely positive and creative people. They gave me the opportunities to exhibit with them and hold three Open Studios. Long story short, I am now launching as a professional artist /maker. I will be involved in four Fairs and two more exhibitions before this year is out. I am nervous, overwhelmed at times with the many roles of sole trading (heehee) BUT very, very excited!!!

This part of my website is called Wall Art. I create pictures from wool, felted and stitched. I also create fabrics to make clothing and accessories, which you can find on the Wearable Art section. Each picture starts it’s life with a sketch, a painting. Then I wet felt the background. Agitating Merino wool fibres to create a background. Details and texture, I then needle felt, hand and machine stitch.

The process:

I use a wide range of colours to blend, fade and create landscapes. I want to create products that are individual, slightly whimsical and a little fantastical. I buy all of my Merino wool tops from World of Wool in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Product planning starts in my sketchbook, where I use watercolour brush pens to create a quick sketch. I want to try out new ideas on paper before committing to the felting.

Step 1 – I lay out the fibres in the design I want. The fibres are laid down in four or five very thin layers to build up the picture. Using a water spray bottle, I gently dampen the fibres. This part of the process needs to be gentle, so as not to disturb or move the fibres.

Step 2 – Cover the wool fibres with a sheet of nylon or fine netting. This keeps the fibres in place and allows the water and soap to get through to the fibres. Using very warm water, helps the fibres open and attach to each other. The soap, makes the process smoother and helps with the agitation and rolling. I soak the fibres and agitate the fibres using a sweeping motion with my hands. Sometimes, I use a rolling pin or other tube like items. The fibres need to be flipped several times, to ensure I felt them evenly.

Step 3 – Fulling: Wonderful  word. This is the process of fulling the fibres. It means, I roll the fibre fabric many, many times. This helps the fibres to shrink and felt with each other.

Step 4 – Shocking: Once all the fibres have felted with each other, the fabric needs to be washed in hot , then cold water. This finishes the shrinking process and washes out all the soap, I have added during the process. Hang out to dry. Air drying will take several hours or overnight.  

Step 5 – Now I have a lovely fabric to use to make my products.

Yorkshire Moors

On one of those wonderful days out, driving along the winding roads of the Yorkshire Moors and Dales. We had to stop many times, to take photos. One of those photos, became a sketch and then I began creating this picture.  The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching.    Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm.

Collingham Trees at Sunset:

Our village Collingham is a beautiful little village in West Yorkshire. A thriving village, surrounded by fields and countryside. We have magnificent trees and at sunset, their silhouettes are a wonder to behold. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching.    Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm. 

Little Bright Houses by the Sea:

This is not a particular place but rather a memory of all those gorgeous seaside towns we have visited over the years. The sea and sky are vast and the houses seem to cling forever to the rock on which they are built. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching. The houses are made from felt and I’ve added acrylic paint for further texture.   Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm.

Dark Houses by the Sea:

This is not a particular place but rather a memory of all those gorgeous seaside towns we have visited over the years. The sea and sky are vast and the houses seem to cling forever to the rock on which they are built. It is a dusk scene and I was inspired by the magical element that happens to our surroundings, when day becomes night. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching. The houses are made from felt and I’ve added acrylic paint for further texture.    Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm. 

Spring Flowers Abundant:

When Spring really gets into its swing, the garden comes to life with all types of flowers and I do include weeds in there, as they can also be beautiful. I’ve tried to get as many colours and textures into this picture, as possible. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching. The flowers and petals are made from felt and I’ve added different threads and yarns for further texture.  Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm. 

Harewood Trees:

There is a beautiful walk around the perimeter of Harewood House near Leeds in West Yorkshire. The walk takes you through woodland, through the Deerpark and across fields. As you walk up the hill back home, a copse of trees makes me stop and gaze (and catch my breath). Those trees stand proud and strong every day, every season. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine stitching. Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 32cm. 

Into the Grasses:

I love green. It’s a colour I wear and have in my house. Its in my garden. I love it BUT sometimes other grasses and flowers are even more striking. You may wonder at the title, since, the colours are mainly pinkish. When I daydream and stare off into the distance, I’m staring at the flowers, the grass, the sky…. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching. I’ve added a wide variety of threads and yarns and pre-felt to create the grasses and petals.  Framed Dimensions – 47cm x 37cm. 

Night-time Berries:

I love the contrast between light and shade and the fade between black and white which is what I played with here. At night, grasses and flowers in the garden create wondrous silhouettes. The intention of this piece is to show the beauty even in the dim light. The background has been felted using the ancient art of wet felting wool fibres. I use Merino wool fibres and agitate them until they become a strong fabric. Details have been added using machine and hand stitching. I’ve added a wide variety of threads and yarns and pre-felt to create the grasses and petals.  Framed Dimensions – 42cm x 52cm. 

One Crisp Early Morning:

A glorious crisp Autumn morning walk around the Yorkshire countryside inspired this piece. The majority of the piece has been felted because I just wanted to celebrate the colours and texture created from blending and felting the fibres together. Additional details have been added by embellishing yarns and threads into the picture.      Dimensions – 42cm x 32cm.

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