Stained Glass Felt Hanging

The lovely Ruth Lane from the Felting and Fiber Studio Forum is creating a book of contemporary designs and posted a request for interpretations of a couple of designs in different art forms, this is my interpretation of the Nature design in nuno felt.

I started by increasing the size of Ruth’s pdf on a photocopier to make it more manageable for felt and traced that design onto the dull side of some freezer paper. This was ironed onto a piece of black prefelt.
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Then cut out the internal sections to leave a black felt frame. I wetted out the prefelt to help the silk pieces stay in place.

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Then I started laying out pieces of hand dyed silk chiffon, trimmed so that they overlapped the black prefelt.
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Once all the cut-out areas had been covered with silk, I laid a piece of white prefelt over the back, if you want to hang your piece in a window so that it will be seen from both sides you can carefully place black wool over the chiffon edges to cover them.

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When I flipped it over the freezer paper was still attached to the front, this was very carefully removed so as not to pull the black prefelt out of position.IMG_5603
Then I gently rubbed the surface through some decorator’s plastic to fix the silk and wool into position before rolling it.

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Take care to check the prefelt has not moved off the silks after every 100 rolls.

The finished wall hanging:

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I think it looks a lot like looking through a window into a garden full of vines. I’m toying with the idea of adding some embroidery and squaring up the frame but I also quite like it as it is and don’t want to ruin it! What would you do?

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