Flowers Inspired by Rebecca Crompton

One of our assignments for Level 3 Stitch was to create a piece inspired by Rebecca Crompton. She was an embroidery teacher in Great Britain in the early 20th century. You can read more about her on the V&A site and see some of her work.

Nuno Felted sample with grey wool and red/green silk in woven pattern

As I was thinking about what to create, I came across this old sample of nuno felting in my stash. I was thinking of gardens and flowers (Rebecca Crompton has several garden themed pieces.) I thought this would work for a background piece.

Nuno Felt stitched with Kantha stitch in hand dyed wool lace weight threads.

I decided to add some base stitching. I used hand dyed lace weight wool thread with running stitch.

Applique fabric pieces applied to stitched surface of nuno felt.

The next step was finding different fabric for the flower elements. I cut out various flower shapes and tried them out in a variety of places on the background. I wanted the colors to move throughout the piece but for it to all feel cohesive. Now to stitch them in place. I could have fused them down but I don’t like the way fusing flattens everything. I prefer raw edges, a bit of fraying and texture.

Completed piece of nuno felt, stitching and hand stitched applique

Here is the final result. I added a few French knots and couched down a bit of yarn for the branch at the top left. This isn’t my usual style but I enjoy the movement and liveliness of the piece.

Framed Artwork and New Gallery Representation

Lots of people asked to see my recent landscapes once they had been framed. I get my work professionally framed with a narrow, black wooden frame. If you’re in Whitefish, MT and need some framing done, I highly recommend my framer, FoR Fine Art. They also have a wonderful art gallery in Whitefish and Bigfork, MT and Tucson, AZ.

Here are the two biggest pieces after framing. They are approximately 20″ x 30-32″.

Here’s a couple more that I completed over the winter.

And the last one with it’s new frame. 

I have been working on getting new gallery representation and contacted a couple of places. I heard back from Northwest Handmade in Sandpoint, ID. I took 16 pieces over to them and will be taking them some snow dyed silk scarves when we go back by there in July. Yay, happy dance.

I decided to make a few more 5″ x 7″ pieces to take with me but didn’t get a chance to show them here. These are included in the 16 pieces that went to Sandpoint. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by and visit Northwest Handmade!

The five framed pieces shown at the top of the post weren’t ready when I went to Sandpoint. I picked them up from the framers and the next day, I heard back from 4 Ravens Gallery in Missoula, MT. They were interested in carrying my work too! Wow! Those five landscapes will be on display towards the end of June. Again, if you happen to be in Missoula, MT, please stop by and visit 4 Ravens Gallery.

It is great to have two galleries carrying my artwork but now I have to get busy and make some new pieces to replace any that sell. (I’m being hopeful and thinking positively.)

Greeting Card

When I am planning on free motion machine stitching on a piece, I like to practice a little bit first. Usually I practice on a small piece of felt or even plain interfacing. So when I was working on my tamarack piece, I needed to practice the leaves.

Here is the finished piece with the leaves in the upper right hand corner. I was going for a more abstract approach and decided to try some zig zag stitch for the leaves and “straight” free motion stitch for the branches. I practiced with different thread colors on a piece of nuno felt.

Here’s the finished greeting card that I created from the small scrap of FME practice. I added a piece of painted paper behind it and stitched it down with zigzag around the edge. I love to make cards from whatever is laying around in the studio.

Nuno Felting

My local group met for the last time before our summer break. We did nuno felting. Sally and Louise made scarves, Paula finished up a piece she was already working on and I made some samples.

This is Sally making her scarf. She used a cotton cheesecloth/scrim type material and merino mixed with silk. She had never nuno felted before but did a great job.

These are some pieces that Paula had made previously. I didn’t get a photo of the piece she finished today. Hopefully, she will frame it and I can get a photo of it framed.

And here is Louise’s project. She used butterfly silk, cotton threads and a mix of poodle hair and merino. It took a bit of extra effort to get the poodle hair to felt but it worked in the end. It did smell a bit like a wet dog though.

Here are a few samples that I made. The pink one has a layer of viscose fiber in the middle. I think that I added too much wool because I thought it would be a bit more light weight than it is. The second one is a weaving of two silk fabrics that I then nuno felted. The red and green fabric is from the pillows I recently made. It is silk charmeuse and very heavy. I didn’t think it would felt but Zed suggested I try weaving it in with a lighter weight silk that would hold the heavier fabric down. And it worked. The colors aren’t too exciting together but I was just testing out how the silk would hold down. I also tried sandwiching the heavy silk fabric between layers of wool to see if I could still see an outline of the silk in the middle. That one didn’t work. It just looks like felt. You can feel the silk as the felt kind of slides around on it but otherwise very unremarkable. But we all had fun so that’s the most important part.

A Present for my Other Sister

This is a nuno felted scarf that I made for my other sister for Christmas. It didn’t get completed in time but since I am going to visit her soon, I will just take it with me then.

Nuno Felted Scarf by Ruth Lane

The silk scarf was actually a gift from Shepherdess Ann several years ago. I finally got around to using it. Thanks Ann! The scarf was dyed gold and purple. So I added a grey purple merino, slightly more purple merino and a gold merino. I also added some silk fibers and silk thread that Paula gave me. Thanks Paula! Very useful to have generous fiber friends.

Nuno Felted Scarf by Ruth Lane

Here’s a closer look of the silk fibers and silk thread.

Nuno Felted Scarf by Ruth Lane

The thread is loose in places so I hope it doesn’t catch on things. I thought about stitching it down but I like it the way it is.

Nuno Felted Scarf by Ruth Lane

And here is the silk side. I hope my sister likes it. You can click on any of the photos to get a larger view. Hope you have a good weekend!

 

P.S. I forgot to say that it was snowing when I took this photo and if you look closely, you can see a few snowflakes.