Saturday, January 5, 2008

Three Flowers

Rose, Wool, Needle Felted, (1.5" x 1.5")

Sunflower, Wool, Needle Felted, (1.5" x 1.5")

Tulip, Wool, Needle Felted, (1.5" x 1.5")

The rose was my first felted PSI. I mixed three shades of green wool roving which was placed onto white felt and needle felted to create the background. The rose was created by mixing three shades of pink roving. I didn't have black roving, but I did have black yarn. The stems of all of the flowers are made from black fancy yarn. Forming curves with the yarn was not easy. I need to find some black roving. My sunflower first started out looking like a star with sharp points. I eventually learned to create curves. The tulip was my last piece. These three pieces show the evolution of my learning to needle felt.


morningDove said...

ok Fannie: this sounds crazy but I never thought about using the roving for the background too. I thought you had to have some kind of fabric for the backing. The rose if my favorite.

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Love your needlefelting, it is a slow but satisfying subject.

Fannie said...

Uh-oh. I need to make an update. The greens were needle felted onto white felt. Sorry. However, I read an article somewhere on the net that one doesn't need to have a backing. The fibers can be felted to create a surface for further needle felting. I'm sure this technique uses a lot of roving in order to accomplish a felted surface.

Fannie said...

Update done. Thanks for looking out for me.

Fannie said...

Hi, Stephanie. This is a meditative kind of art form, and I enjoy it.
Do you needle felt?

DeBee said...

I love the softness and texture of the felted roving. Your work is looking good! What will you do with your PSIs? I checked my local store for the Babylock Embellisher and they want to get rid of their demo model... Have to see if the budget will allow such a splurge! Then you'll have to come to Oregon to play!

Jacq said...

Your PSI needle felting is really cute.

Cindy said...

You constantly amaze me! These are lovely little PSI's, and working this small couldn't have been easy. I gotta get a felting needle. Thanks for the inspiration.

Fannie said...

Hi, DeBee. Yes, my work is evolving. I don't know what I'm going to do with the PSIs. They are just learning experimental pieces. You're getting the Embellisher? Congrats! I'm sure you'll have fun. A play day in Oregon sounds great! ;-D

Fannie said...

Thanks, Jacq. Do you needle felt?

Cindy, working small is not easy, but after the first piece, my mind was racing and thinking "what ifs." The small size allows for my "what-ifs" discoveries. Soooo much fun!

I didn't find needles in my local store. I purchased my Felting Needles Sample Pack from I used sizes 42t and 40t for these pieces. Here's the link:

Maggie R said...

Fannie your inchies are lovely..
I bought myself a BabyLock Embellisher for my birthday in October last year and only got to use it just after Xmas due to a busy schedule!!! WELL... I just love it. I made a journal cover which was included in a give away I had(see it on my blog the Queen of Hearts) and then I was doing another journal cover with an under the sea theme,I showed the process on my blog too, anyway when I got it all done it didn't sew up nicely. The felt I used for a backing was too thick in the end. I took it off the journal. ..cut out the centre and will apply it to a much lighter fabric to complete the cover... I learned a lesson here!!;-}
I think I will try some inchies... Did you work on the finished size, or did you work on a big piece of background and then cut it to size?
Thanks for sharing,
in snow is melting and fog is thick Ontario, Canada.

Fannie said...

Welcome, Maggie, and Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for the tip. I visited your blog and saw your journal cover post. Nice work. I also liked your thread painting. I'll try that sometime.
Re: PSI--For these, I worked on the finished size (1.5" x 1.5") and extended about 1/8" beyond the finished edges. I have another WIP piece that I'm working on a larger background and will cut it into PSIs. Snow melting and fog--sounds romantic.

Maggie R said...

Thanks for the info on the inchies! I'm going to try this.

Fannie said...

You're welcome, Maggie. Enjoy creating. I hope to see your creation on your blog soon. Thanks for looking.