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BRIDGET ON A NAVAJO RUG, A NEEDLE FELTED WORK


 

Bridget on a Navajo Rug, A Needle Felted Work.

 

  • To begin this work, I make an outline drawing of one of my three Chihuahuas, Bridget, seated on a Navajo rug. This is done using the computer program Procreate.
  • I then transfer the drawing via silkscreen method, printing the linear drawing onto a rectangular piece of linen measuring 18.0" x 12.0".
  • When the linen is dry, needle felting is undertaken with lengths of variously colored wool to impart color and the trompe l'oeil sense of reality plus the illusion of three dimensionality with depth on a flat surface.
  • The linen panel is supported by a thick wool mat in preparation for the decorative, but difficult, needle felting process to follow.
  • The time-consuming needle felting method, which involves piercing wool with a barbed needle many times over in order to bind the wool fibers to the linen supporting material. The task proceeds very slowly, requiring considerable tenacity, persistence and concentration by the artist. When well done, however, the results justify the prolonged effort and tedium.
  • Notwithstanding the difficulty inherent in this technique, it is artistically gratifying because it results in a fine work of art emulating the detailed realism of trompe l'oeil artistry.
  • Date: 2020.
  • Size: 18.0" x 12.0".
  • Available for purchase. Price: $.
  • A work in progress.
  • Page under construction.

 

 


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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

Outline sketch of dog and rug made in ink on a rectangle of linen cloth.

     

  • An outline sketch of the figure of Bridget, one of my three chihuahuas, seated on a Navajo rug, is made using the Procreate computer program.
  • The image will be transferred from the computer file to a rectangular panel of cloth by means of silk-screening.

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Image transferred to linen cloth by silk-screening method.

 

  • The sketch is shown being transferred to the linen cloth by silk-screening.

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The dried linen cloth is laid on a wool mat to facilitate needle felting with a barbed needle.

 

 

 

Slow progression is being made in the long process of needle felting.

 

  • The needle felting process proceeds slowly as the highly detailed colored image of dog and rug emerges.

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Further progress is illustrated as needle felting continues.

 

  • More advanced stage of needle felting to demonstrate the power of the process to provide a sense of realism and depth.
  • The sharply-defined image is characteristic of the trompe l'oeil art form.

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Somewhat more advanced state of the work.

 

  • Rear view of the partially needle felted linen cloth demonstrates the reverse side of felting process.

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Still more progress is shown.

 

  • Progress is slow because needle felting is labor intensive. It takes a long time to achieve its objective.
  • The fiber artist who uses this valuable method needs much patience and perseverance.

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The needle felting process is nearing completion.

 

  • The needle felting is now far advanced as it nears completion. For further information, see a fuller description of needle felting in the Glossary.

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The needle felting process is completed at last.

 

  • At long last, the needle felting is done. The completed work is shown here unframed.

 

 


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A WORK IN PROGRESS

PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION