Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here is my needle-woven sun, complete with a cloud mask for those not so happy moods. The sun's face is felted, then padded before I sewed it down. I combined 3 or 4 threads and treated them as one to needle-weave the rays of the sun. Then I couched down some chenille to cover the edge of the felt sun. I added beads and wound some wire around a pencil for some extra rays.
Here is a close-up of one of the rays. At first I mixed yellows with some gold metallic fibers, but didn't like the way it looked, so I just stuck with different shades and textures of yellow fibers.
This shows how I created the felted cloud. I drew the cloud on a piece of paper, cut it out and set it aside. I pinned down the paper with the cloud cut-out to some grey felt on my felting pad. Then I placed 2 cut-outs of the eyes in the proper place and pinned them down. I used a single needle to felt wool roving around the outside curves of the cloud, around the eyes and in the middle. I was careful to pull the roving away from the paper eye areas so I would end up with the eye openings in the cloud. I know you can order cookie-cutter type forms for needle-felting, but they are really not necessary. With just a piece of paper, you can create any shape you want.
This was so much fun!