The First Leaf and First Light Framed

The framers have completed framing on two of my recent pieces. These will be going to 4 Ravens Gallery in Missoula and should be available after February 14th.

Framed textile artwork depicting birch trees in autumn.
The First Leaf – 14″ x 18.5″ – Framed – Available – $450.00

This one based on birch trees in autumn, is called The First Leaf. I love the texture of the nuno felt against the smoothness of the birch trunks. The birch trunks are made from silk paper.

Framed textile artwork depicting trees at dawn with light coming from behind.
First Light – 13″ x 19″ – Framed – Available – $450.00

First Light is all about how the morning sun reacts in the forest. The color palette was an interesting change for me but I enjoyed the challenge.

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Felt Applique Completed

I finished couching down the yarn on to the felt applique piece I have been working on.

Here’s the completed piece wrapped around matte board. I didn’t lace it on yet, just taped it on the back so I could see how I liked it. I think it would look better with a border but I will have to find the right piece of fabric for it.

Here area couple of close ups of the couched down yarn. I haven’t come up with any name for this piece yet. Any suggestions?


Making Slow Progress

I have still been stitching away on the felt applique hand stitch project.

Here is where I was last week.

Now I have appliqued down all the felt pieces and all I have left is to couch down the dark maroon yarn. I am going to use a thin thread in the same color to do this as I don’t think I need to add much more “detail” in the thicker, brighter color threads. I don’t want it to feel too chaotic.

Here’s a close up. I used a variety of stitches to applique down the smaller felt centers of flowers. Once I finish the couching, I will need to decide how I am going to finish this. The felt background is pretty soft so I think I need to stretch it around a board or canvas. I do think a nice border might be nice but I’m not sure how I would stitch that on without it ending up really irregular and wavy.

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Progress on Lupines

I have been doing a little stitching on the felt wildflower landscape piece. I added darker French knots after removing a bunch of the lighter ones.

Montana Wildflower Wall Hanging

Here’s a photo of the full piece. I am much happier with only a few of the light highlight French knots.

Close Up with Darker French Knots

Here’s a closer look at the mix of colors of French knots now. I am finished with the lupines and will be moving on to the red flowers which represent Indian Paintbrush. I think I will be adding fly stitch to those. Then I need to decide if I should add green stitching for leaves. What do you think? Should I add stitched leaves for the lupines?

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Stitching Wild Flowers

I wrote a post about creating this piece over on the Felting and Fiber Studio. I have started adding a little hand stitching.

Montana Wild Flower Landscape

I have a lot more stitching to go.

Close Up of Lupines with Stitching

I plan on adding French knots to all the lupines and then perhaps add more leaf detail and detail to the Indian Paintbrush.

French Knots

I’m not being really careful with the French knots as I don’t want them to be all the same shape and size. I am using Perle cotton that I hand dyed. It’s a variegated purple thread and was perfect for this project.

What have you been working on? Thanks for stopping by!