I didn't get the kind of detail in the hare that I was wanting but I did like the piece. So after letting it sit for a while I got inspired to get busy with the sewing macine, embroidery threads, silk ribbons and bits and pieces of fabric.
I do enjoy this kind of layering and all the different textures and the rather flat hare now is hiding in the grass rather than boldly posing for his picture!. Next to learn is how to get the texture of animal fur that I've seen and admired in other people's work.
It's a very good picture Marian! If you want more depth you need to "think deeper"! Example-the eye is sitting deeper, so put a bit of darker wool around the eye. The same where the neck is - you could create a shade with some dark wool there. Try to put a very small amount first and look. You will see the difference. Especially with practice. But even at this stage the picture is VERY good!
Post by blythwhimsies on Apr 21, 2016 13:45:24 GMT
Thank you for all your lovely comments. Felicity - do you cut your roving to get small details? I've found it fiddly to manage long strands to fill in small patches like you suggest. The wool looked so much better before felting as I had lots of different shades of brown, but then it all became blended.
Marian, I do not work with roving when I make pictures, I work mainly with carded wool in batts, like here www.worldofwool.co.uk/products/249/carded_wool_batts/merino_batts.htm In this case you do not have long strands and it's much easier to handle. Another point - I think you over felted the piece a bit. It depends on the purpose of your item, but if it's mainly ornamental it needs less fulling I think. Even if you want it to be fully felted you'd better do it more gentle, no bashing and very hot water, but rolling and rubbing instead. It will stop excessive migration of fibres. But it will take more time.
P.S. If you use roving and want to get the shorter fibres you could tear them to the length needed or even cut with scissors...
Wow, I think your first try was excellent! I thought the same as felicity about over felting, because of the texture. I don't know anything artistic, but seeing Felicity's stuff I'll agree with her there too