This is a painting I made awhile back and I thought it would be interesting to make it from wool. I didn't have these colors on hand so I choose a different palate to work from as well as changing some various aspects.
First I started with the background or bottom layer. This is a short fiber merino batt.
Next, I added some colors that I wanted in the background, also a short fiber merino batt.
I then wet it all down with water so it's fairly flat then added on my fox and tree. These have been cut out of a merino prefelt. Merino prefelt is merino wool that has been partially felted. It gives you more control over shapes.
I then added some accents on the fox's face and wet it down some more.
The next part is where all the real work comes in! I add soap and warm water and start to rub and roll the wool. The warm water opens up the fibers and the agitation gets the wool to start interlocking forming a tight weave and cohesive piece. Sometimes this process can take hours, depending on your type of wool and size of your piece.
After all the rolling and rubbing is done I lay it out to dry. I then free motion machine embroider any details I would like on my cute fox. Below is my completed fox!
All finished! Now I just have to mat it. Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about this process and I look forward to making more progress/process posts!