Since this seems to be the week to share my felting adventures, here's another recent project. My dear friend Judy Simmons celebrated a milestone birthday last month. Her fabulous work often features mushroom motifs, but she won't eat one!!
I decided to see if I could needle felt one for her. NOW...I must admit I know little to nothing about this method of felting. With the help of some online tutorials, I decided to give it a try.....beginning with wool roving and a piece of pre-felt batting.It's common to needle felt onto a foam base.....well....I didn't own any but a piece of foam pipe insulation was a good substitute. These very sharp, barbed needles work the fibers into a dense mass. Both of which I broke....clearly I don't have the technique down pat!
Not surprising, once a mushroom was completed, it seemed to need a base.
.....and then another mushroom grew. So I wet felted a 'forest ground' to display them.
Yup.....and you all know how this goes....one idea leads to another and another mushroom was born. Some hand-dyed gauze threads helped to provide the mossy appearance.
I'm linking to the following blogs where you can see what others have been up to: Off The Wall Friday, Whoop, Whoop Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.