Remember my first forays into 2D needle felting and, in particular, dog portraits?
I thought you might like to see how I’ve been getting on since I started at the beginning of February.
My dog Stan was my first go but I could see room for improvement. Which was just as well otherwise why pay for a course?
The next one I did was a Trailhound. I don’t have a Trailhound, and don’t know anybody who has but the photo was in the course for us to use as a practice piece for a smooth coated dog. Even though he was only my third go – I did a practice Jack Russell too which I showed in an earlier post – I think he’s still the best thing I’ve done so far.
I was really pleased with him and the practice will come in handy for when I do a portrait of my girl Flo as she has a similar look.
Next I did another practice piece, copying the Lhasa Apso photo on the course to try out a longer haired dog as I wanted to do my sister’s Westie for her birthday.
The long hair was difficult but I think I made a passable portrait and I was pleased with the collar.
We lost Phoebe, our lovely German Shepherd back in 2013 and I didn’t have that many suitable photos of her to copy but I used what I had and I’m quite pleased with the result.
I’m sure those of you who paint will already know how many different colours are present in things you previously thought of as comprising only a few. I used so many colours of fibre in those ears and, close up, I thought it looked ridiculous but, once you stand back, it all seems to work.
Then it was time for the Westie. He’s called Harvey and my sister adores him so I wanted to make my first portrait for somebody other than myself a good one.
Again, the long hair, going off in all different directions, was difficult but hopefully she’ll be able to recognise her beloved fluff ball. To be honest, I think most Westies look the same but I’m sure their owners don’t think so.
I won’t be framing my practice pieces, but for the others I found some good frames in Ikea which are perfect for textile art because you can sink the image quite a way down from the glass. At least it was glass when I bought this one to frame Phoebe but when I ordered another four of the frames online the glass had been replaced by some sort of polycarbonate.
I still think they are good though and very reasonably priced if you are thinking of framing any textile work. The model is called Ribba, they come in both black and white and they cost about 7 euros.
Next up, will be my beautiful Flo
I’m still really enjoying myself with this and working with lovely pure wool fibres is a treat.
Thank you for visiting my gallery.