|Size||28″ x 28″|
|Source||Based on this online tutorial|
The mission: an exercise in pointillism from this online tutorial. A personal challenge to create a felted image of this design:
For the background, a beautiful undyed felt batt from Bennet and Gregor.
For the dots, some natural colour wool nepps (small felt balls) – ordered online and delivered from World of Wool in the UK.
I gradually started to fill in the area, trying to space the nepps out appropriately – closer together in the darker areas, further apart to create lighter areas.
Here is the completed dry layout – I think its lookíng pretty good:
I lay netting over and wet it down. I spent a lot of time gently rubbing the nepps in, using a scrunched-up plastic bag over the netting.
It was clear from early on though, that a lot of the nepps were merging together, creating a really solid block of colour. I thought all my painstaking placement of dots had just gone down the drain. Not wanting to give all up for lost I strategically removed some nepps hoping to be able to recover the original feel of the design.
Once I was sure the nepps would stay in place, I stared rolling the piece in bubble wrap. I rotated it 90 degrees every so often to make sure it shrunk evenly, retaining the spherical shape of the design and the square shape of the background.
I had a lot of uncertainty about how this would turn out but I think it worked. I’m pretty happy with the end result: