Fleece Paintings


I always need a start point for each new work. This may be an interesting movie, a memorable melody, a favorite picture or a sheep fleece from England itself. Sometimes it's all connected to the story I want to tell.


My lamb fleece was absolutely amazing. The strands were completely different: white, silver, chocolate, brown - any shades of color I might have wanted. They asked to be painted.


I like birds, especially crows, very much; so, when I've seen "Black Bird" paintings of Canadian artist Eden Bachelder -  I was interesting how these birds can be looked in the felt technique.


So, it took me: 3-4 oz. of fleece, 6-7 oz. of 18m merino wool, some decorative fibers.



We'll need an entirely "canvas" for our arts and there's no need a specially form-fitting for this model. so, I took a basic pattern and simplified it. Unfold the pattern in a plane, ignoring waist tucks.


Prepare "a canvas" for painting: I've used a conventional, two-layer wool layout with an additional strengthening layer along the edges.


Moisten the wool and rub through the mesh. This vest will be stable and warm, so it will need pockets. In such a way, use two-layer layout for these pockets, strengthening  the entrance.

Continue to the most interesting part of the lesson :) Getting creative using a combination of fleece, decorative fibers, tussah silk. Not necessarily be able to draw well, but you can hold the source of inspiration before your eyes. Pay attention to the ratio, colors and composition.


I bring to your attention a small musical sketch :)

Carefully rub the painting, cover with film to prevent any flush and turn over the "canvas".

Laying the brown fleece as the lining. Each strand must be carefully stretched  before laying down.


Moisten the wool and rub through the mesh again.

Cover with film and turn over again. Look at the painting: it is not too late yet, to fix something.

Put the template on its original location.


Start to connect the shoulder joints. Bend the allowances, decorate the obtained joint with fleece, wet, rub the joint manually from inside and outside (use a sander if available). Watching to avoid any ripples.

Start rolling vest entirely in a tube in different directions. From time to time, unfold to avoid any defects.

When you feel that the wool has become dense - take off the template and continue felting until it becomes suitable for the first fitting. Try to form the edges and stretch out any ripples.

I like watching at the creativity process from the outside: this is like "a miracle out of nothing"

Good luck!

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