In August of last year I made a textured felt sample, shown below, by sprinkling chopped up bits of fulled felt onto a bed of loose white merino fibres, then felting it all together (blog post).
I liked the result and thought it could be useful in a textured picture, so I chopped up a few more pieces, had a think whilst snipping away, and jotted down a few ideas... but that's as far as I got.
Fast forward eight months and a new challenge from The Felting and Fiber Forum has been announced - to make something using off-cuts from your scrap-box and/or finish a UFO that's been hanging around too long.
My overflowing felt scrap-box (Annie has one too!)
Last August, one idea I'd jotted down was to make a picture of the fingerpost at Lands End, Cornwall, using the chopped up bits of felt to give an impression of the background. I still liked the idea, so after laying out a bed of white merino fibres, I scattered bits of scrap felt, of appropriate colours, on the top of the loose fibres to represent the sky, horizon, sea, hill, beach and flora.
This is how it looked after felting:
I dug around in the scrap-box and found enough white off-cuts to make the fingerpost. I hand-stitched the place names, cut out the shapes, then stitched them to the background.
The finished piece is approx 50cm x 34cm (19.5" x 13.5") and the angled photo below shows the texture well.
We've had so many lovely holidays in Cornwall that working on this piece has me looking forward to the summer!