Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Aliens Are Coming!

Alright, of course I am teasing, but Mr TB has nicknamed my latest offering the "Alien Signpost". This is by far the largest piece of felt I have ever made, it was about 1.5 x 1.2 m (5 ft x 4 ft) when first laid out. It has proved to be quite a challenge, firstly just reaching the middle to lay out the surface decoration but also when trying to move it / roll it up, it was just such handful!

It also took an incredibly long time to lay out the design too, about 8 hours including the time it took to card the wools for the background.

When finished it will be a felt hanging and was based on a monoprint I made on some handmade paper last year.

It is still at the prefelt stage, I allowed it to dry out so I could deal with a couple of prefelts that weren't adhering as strongly as I would like and needle felt some finer details before fulling. This is what it currently looks like:
I am expecting the colours to become muted during fulling as the paler background colours migrate to the front.


  1. I am looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

  2. Not sure about aliens but it does look intriguing! Can't wait to see a final result!

  3. Dealing with large pieces of felt is always interesting. Not quite as big as my yurt panels but I know how much work it is. It is looking gorgeous and I can't wait to see the end result :)

    1. Thankfully no, not as big as yurt panels, I am still amazed that anyone (including the Mongolians) can make felt so big, much kudos to you for pulling it off! :)

  4. Wow, I can't even imagine working on a piece this big, I'm very impressed! Also looking forward to seeing it finished. Think of those arm muscles you're developing.

  5. Not sure about bigger muscles but it certainly made my back ache! I will try to make time to work on it some more over the Easter weekend...