Playing With Wool

Completed Moose - for now anyway!

Completed Moose – for now anyway!

While at the Maine Quilt Show, I saw quilt blocks made by needle felting and embroidery.  I don’t recall the teacher’s name, but I do remember she lived several states away.  Knowing a class with her would not be feasible, I have been trying to self-learn the process.  Here’s what I’ve been dabbling in:

I started with a random sized piece of wool as my background.  I live in Maine in the woods and have a mother with a birthday coming up who loves moose.  Hence, my focal point would be a moose.  In a past life I toyed with dying wool and had some already.

Block, Needle, Roving

Block, Needle, Roving

When my boys were much younger, I took them with me to a day of dying with friends.  One of the women had a kit for felting that my boys used.  It consisted of a foam block and a single barbed needle along with a piece of wool and some roving.  Pack rat that I am, I still had these somewhere…..

After finding my boys’ kit, I went to work.  When I longarm quilt, I create a lot of animal patterns and used a favorite moose as my outline.  That was the easy part.  Deciding on a background and foreground were more challenging.  Always work from the back – which I didn’t do this time around.  I was too excited to see how my moose would look to go in proper order.

Moose in water

Moose in water

I knew I should have my moose standing in foliage or water.  My first attempt was to make water by making circles with the roving and then felting.  This looked awkward.  I corrected that by laying the roving straight.  I looks more “wispy” this way and I like it much better.  And that’s how I came to my cloud in the sky.  You could keep building the background.  Fun!

Tree Detail

Tree Detail

Trees and moose go together.  I’m not thrilled with my tree as its proportion to the moose is way off, but it’s not a bad first attempt.  I outlined the trunk in floss and then felted in the trunk.  For the branches I used more floss and the outline stitch.  Not sure if I love the effect of this stitch, but it’ll do for this first project.  The leaves were done with the lazy daisy stitch and fall colored floss.  I wanted to add some “bling” and achieved this by adding beads.

Deer in Foliage

Deer in Foliage

Next I started a deer block.  I used a different color wool for the background.  My deer will be peeking out of the foliage – hopefully!  I found a small bag of fall colored roving and thought I could make bushes with it.  Again I put my focal point in first!  When will I learn???  Anyway, my deer is small and I’m not pleased with how blurry he looks.  I need contrast between him and the bushes.  I outlined him, but I need something more.  Hmm.

Then I’ll need to determine how to attach deer block to moose block.  The quest goes on and the learning is never complete.  This is why I love quilting and crafting!

Comments

  1. I really like how the moose came out! Would be a great pillow I think!

  2. Thanks, Christina! A pillow is a great idea — except that Mom is allergic to wool! Maybe a wallhanging of some sort!

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