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This piece was started by needle felting wool roving on cotton. I then sewed various free motion shapes on water soluble stabilizer and once the stabilizer was dissolved out I sewed them on over the felt.

The subject was inspired by a tree I saw while driving to my cottage.

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Great Blue Heron

Last weekend I took a course given by Megan Cleland on needle felting animals. The course was given at Fibrefest in Almonte. It was a small class and Megan gave excellent instruction and demos. I chose to do a Great Blue Heron from one of the photographs taken on a morning walk. I thought I was finished when I left the class but since then I’ve done the back ground 3 times. I then removed a lot of it because it was too busy.

Needle felted Great Blue Heron.

I’ve painted the heron in watercolours several times and that helped me in doing this picture. The felting is easier but takes longer to do even if you don’t remove what you’ve needle felted in place several times.

It is now pinned up on a wall so I can look at it and decide if there is anything else I need to add or change before I mount it.

Earth Goddess

My latest fabric sculpture is an Earth Goddess. She is inspired by the colours and shapes of the ochre quarries of Rousillon, France which I visited several years ago. There is no mining of the ochre now but you can visit an old quarry.

Fabric sculpture of an Earth Goddess

Poly: Earth Goddess – Fabric Sculpture by Nancy Leigh-Smith

I took this doll to the NIADA Conference in Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California, where I had a great time and met some wonderful doll artists.

In order to facilitate packing and transportation I used magnets to join the legs to the torso.

Cloth sculpture

Back view of Poly: Earth Goddess – Fabric Sculpture by Nancy Leigh-Smith

 

 

 

 

 

I painted her with watercolours before adding the face features with  pastel pencils. I painted absorbant ground on the base before painting it with the same watercolours.

 

Face detail of Art Doll

Face Detail of Poly: Earth Goddess – Fabric Sculpture by Nancy Leigh-Smith

 

 

 

 

I spun the yarn for the hair on a drop spindle before sewing it to the head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I randomly beaded the light parts of her torso, arms and legs.

Beading detail on Cloth Art Doll

Beading Detail on Poly: Earth Goddess – Fabric Sculpture by Nancy Leigh-Smith

She is named Poly because she has 6 fingers on each of her hands.

Five

Some red roving had been staring at me for days,  just asking to be needle felted into a piece.

I learned the technique of making the metal pieces from pop cans in a Hilary Rice workshop.

Embellishments

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Hilary Rice workshop: Imagine and Create: Embellishment Techniques for Quilters.  It was great fun and I learned a lot of techniques I will use in future projects.  Hilary is a great teacher and I was inspired by her techniques and art.

This is the piece that I started in the workshop .

Not all the techniques are included on this piece.  Others were done on smaller pieces of fabric to experience the technique.

I’m not sure if it is finished yet.  I’m going to put it up on the wall and look at it for awhile.

Colour Personified

Colour Personified is a needlefelted piece based on a watercolour (see post here) I did a while ago.

Colour Personified

 

The curly bits are hand spun wool yarns I used to add more texture.

This piece, along with 2 others were in the OOTB‘s Colour Unboxed show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum  that closed earlier this year.

The other 2 pieces were:

Nature Colours  also based on a watercolour  can be seen here. I renamed the piece for the show. The original watercolour is here.

Forest Fawn, an applique and part of the OOTB green colour challenge is here.

 

Colour & Texture III

Colour & Texture III

The latest in the series.  Although I still have some of the hand painted fabric I think I will start on a different project.  I have some bits drawn out in my sketchbook but the ideas haven’t yet coalesced.  Maybe a few more sketches are required.

Colour and Texture II

I have been working on a series of abstract hand embroideries on hand painted fabric.

Colour & Texture II

 

I’m enjoying finding new stitches to try.

See Colour & Texture I here

Winter’s Day

Winter’s Day

I started this project after a walk on a beautiful sunny day.  Using white fabric, I machine stitched shapes using a twin needle and then cut out parts.  I coloured a second piece of white fabric using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Derwent Inktense Pencils.  The plan for the piece evolved as the weather changed.  An ice-storm brought down many branches from my pine trees and then froze them to the ground and covered them with snow.

Detail – hand embroidery and weaving

I stitched the pine branches onto water-soluble stabilizer with the sewing machine and once the stabilizer was washed out I sewed them onto the back side of the cutouts.

Detail: Winter’sDay

This will be one of the pieces I will be entering in Out of the Box‘s Fibre Fling 6 show in April.

Colour and Texture

Colour and Texture

Colour and Texture

This piece is hand embroidered on hand painted fabric.

I painted a piece of fabric (cotton/silk) with Golden Fluid Acrylics and cut it up into 6 equal pieces.  This is the first piece that I have embroidered.  I used the embroidery to add texture to the colour of the paint. I haven’t done a lot of hand embroidery and I’m finding it to be addictive.

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