Sunday, October 11, 2009

Felted Fabric

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

I saw this gorgeous tapestry at the Common Ground Fair a couple of weeks back. Made from roving ...
(*Roving ~ A bundle of fibers. Roving is the fuzzy stuff that is cleaned, carded and often then dyed from sheep or maybe Alpaca before it is spun into yarn.)
...which is then felted or fulled....
(* Felt is a dense, non-woven fabric and without any warp or weft. Instead, felted fabric is made from matted and compressed fibers or fur with no apparent system of threads. Felt is produced as these fibers and/or fur are pressed together using heat, moisture, and pressure)
...then shaped into flat, thin fabric. This creative and talented artisan then placed on the starfish and needle felted....
(* using special barbed needles to attach fluffy roving)
... the starfish on. After step number 1,153 was done, she then stitched around the starfish and added little embroidered stitches in their "arms"! Wow, but boy, it sure is pretty!

Do I need another hobby? My mom would say no....but you know I am dying to try this for myself.

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sproutsandsweetpeas said...

Wow, that is beautiful, but sure sounds like a lot of work. I try to stick with instant gratification crafts, must be my short attention span! But I can sure appreciate the skill and time put into that. How large was the full tapestry? I love the colors too, that color green (celadon!) is my absolute favorite. What a showpiece. Just gorgeous!

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

Thanks for the comments! They were about 4'x4' in size, could be a nice wall hanging. And I agree, instant gratification is nice...this would take alot of patience.