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Linda Hall

www.fabricartbylinda.com

www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

Lindahall526@gmail.com

For tutorials and other felting information, visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

Newest Booklet and Free Pattern

"Creative Ideas With the Baby Lock Embellisher" is my newest booklet of ideas and photos of projects on the Baby Lock Embellisher Machine.

It was published for the event "Babylock Tech" in St. Louis in August and I am able to offer it for sale now here on my website. It is a 20 page idea book with photo references to my latest work, my first book (The Art of Machine Needle Felting), new project ideas for the Embellisher machine and a free pattern enclosed. To order go to the Online Store button and click on the "Add to Cart" button to begin the check-out process. You can use Paypal or any credit card to order.

 


My new book and CD on Machine Needle Felting has been published by Tacony Corporation; the makers of the Babylock Embellisher Machine. For complete information and to purchase, go to the Online Store. 

This book was featured on the program "Sewing With Nancy TV" and can be viewed at the following link:  http://www.nancyziemantv.com/quilting-videos/make-a-falling-leaves-art-quilt-with-needle-felting/.  So far, it has been sold on every continent worldwide (except Antarctica) many times since its release in October of 2010.



              



Finally, a handbook for any needle felting machine owner that needs to learn how to create, maintain, and use their machines to their best advantage.  Learn about fibers, fabrics, yarns, tools, replacement parts, not to mention patterns and directions for your own art work.  To view some pages and to purchase go to the Online Store tab of this website. 





Needle Felted Wool Paintings



For tutorials and other felting information, visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

 

Monet Wool Paintings

The style of the Impressionistic painters of the 19th century, such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh have always looked more like fabric than paint to me and I've wanted to try to duplicate them.  The Babyock Embellisher machine is the best way to transform fiber into a wool painting.  I purchased the Babylock Embellisher, with its 12 felting needles, and have not stopped creating with it since.  I can paint with it quickly and easily and plan to continue experimenting with all that it can do. 

Oleander - 18" x 24"

This piece was a study in florals with the Wool Painting technique.  I have used wool and alpaca roving to build up the color in very thin layers to produce the colors.  I learned that a white flower is never really white, especially in a painting and I used many different colors to acheive this white oleander flower.  The felted piece has been finished and mounted on a canvas wrapped artist frame.  For details about framing go to www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

  

 


 Autumn Tree - 16" x 20"

This smaller piece was machine needle felting with the Babylock Embellisher on a flannel base. I use flannel as a base because it can take all the action of the needles and provides a stable foundation for the picture to be developed layer by layer.  All of these machine felted pieces are also wet felted to finish the surface web of fibers that gives them a smooth look.  This one is also finished and mounted on a canvas wrapped artist frame.  For more information about mounting and framing, visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

              


 

Morning Mist - 18" x 18"

This piece was also machine needle felted and this time, I used alpaca fibers, the thinnest and finest fiber available to create the mist on the water.  This piece was finished in one day, which makes it a good candidate for a needle felting class.

 

            

                         


For tutorials and other felting information, visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com

Provincetown

Although I already did a smaller version of this painting described below, I decided to try it much larger and I was able to add much more detail at this format of 31" x 45."  For a tutorial documenting the creation of this work and others on this page please visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com.  This piece won the Best In Show at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds in MD 2011. 

 

 I followed an oil painting tutorial about underpainting  colors by Lois Griffel and I think it translated well to using wool.  You can see the photo I was following, the pastel painting I did first and then the final wool painting.    Many of the ideas I've had about creating this wool painting medium have worked out the way I thought they would.  I used many different types of fibers from my stash and they truly do create the look I was after when I tried them. For example, the house has an underpainting of yellow wool, then an overlay of a multicolor wool roving.  The front of the house in shadow has a blue underpainting with a darker multicolor roving spread very thin on top.  I use merino wool for its long, thin fibers, and the shorter Waldorf wool I dyed myself as the "working wool" as underpainting, filling holes and wherever I needed fluffy non-linear color.  The star of the show I think is the Peace Fleece.  It creates the foliage instantly and easily and brings everything to life.  I wouldn't be without it and I have many colors in my stash, just for this purpose.  To see more about Peace Fleece, go to http://www.peacefleece.com and click on the retail catalog.  Click on Felting, Spinning, roving, then click on Felting and Wool Crafts and scroll down to the batting. 

          

                                        Wool Painting                                                                                              Pastel Painting                                                                                    House Photo

I put borders on the Cape Cod House wool painting.  I used upholstery fabric because the texture seems to better suit the felted painting.  The finished size is 33" x 27".  I presented this piece to Ron and Barb Spaulding, the owners of Pottstown Sewing in Pottstown, PA as a gift for all they have done in bringing about the development of this art form. 




For tutorials and other felting information, visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.blogspot.com


Color and Light - a Study with Glass Bottles

 



I decided to recreate the Bottle Study in a larger format from the one described below, which is 24 x 36 inches mounted on a gallery-wrapped artists frame.  I found that the larger scale works better with the fibers and was able to recreate the look of sunlight on glass outdoors.  It was a good study in developing the light, cast shadow, transparency of the glass, etc., which is normally not associated with wool as a medium.  For more information on the process of building a wool painting,  visit my blog at www.fabricartbylinda.com.   This piece won Secon Place at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds in MD 2011. 

I first did a pastel drawing of the still life scene, which made it much easier to translate into wool.  Following are the finished results - the photo, the pastel drawing and the wool painting.  I've been using a DVD tutorial on Oil painting by Lois Griffel to learn how to lay down thin colors of underpainting so that the finished painting is more glowing and rich in color.  I am happy with the results so far.

                                    


                                           Original Photo                                                                            Pastel Drawing                                                                        Finished Felted Painting



 


 Monet's Garden  20" x 26"



I wanted to try out some new ideas for landscapes using hand-dyed wool, tencel and cotton neps left over from the manufacturing process.  Here they are designed as a flower garden in the style of an Impressionistic painting by Monet.  I used the 12 needle Babylock Embellisher to create these and wet felted them by hand as a final finish.  I used hand-dyed lamb's wool, rabbit angora, silk roving, and several types of neps to produce these. 



    








Skies Over Lancaster   37" x 40"


After learning how to use soft pastels (somewhat), I was able to translate the art into wool paintings.  I made two of these in order to travel in trunk shows and they turned out a bit different from each other.  I used angora rabbit fibers, goat mohair, sheep's wool, Angelina fibers, Firestar trilobal nylon, silk fibers, bamboo fibers, yarn and cotton flannel for the base layer.  The fibers are laid down in very thin layers and felted one layer at a time, building up the color and texture as I go.  There as as many as 7 or 8 layers built up one on top of the other to make these paintings.  There are more to come. 




          




          




      




 




 




   




                                       





Falling Leaves   34" x 48"



Upholstery fabric, Ultra suede, polyester, flannel, hammered distressed copper,
wool roving, spun wool yarn, wire, metallic thread, machine quilted



I have been using the Babylock Embellisher for awhile and decided to produce another Art Quilt with the results of my study.  I collect wool roving and was able to make felt using needle felted wool in various colors.  After making the felt I cut it into leaf shapes and stitched veins and spun wool stems on to them.  I also made up some similar leaves using the wired needle lace technique and added hammered distressed copper leaves as well. This quilt was recently published in the book,"500 Art Quilts: An Inspiring Collection of Contemporary Work" published by Lark Books, 2009.  It was also invited to the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX in 2010.  










August Afternoon  18" x 24"



This piece was the prototype that convinced me that Impressionistic paintings were possible with the Babylock Embellisher.  It is machine needlefelted with a variety of hand dyed fibers such as wool, bamboo, silk and mohair.  I learned a lot about what fibers work best and where to use them with this work.  It is mounted on a gallery wrapped artists frame.   








 

Kimberton and Santa Fe    15" x 32". 

In my journey of discovery with three dimensional texture and alternative fabrics, I finally broke down and purchased a Babylock Embellisher or needle felting machine.  These two little quilts were designed on a flannel substrate and were easy to learn and fun to do.  They are made entirely of wool roving, wool yarn and wool fabric, put together on the felting machine. The design for Santa Fe was adapted from some Pueblo Indian basket designs simplified for needle felting.  I use these projects to teach others how to use the Babylock embellisher.  See Classes tab for details.  To visit my friends on the Felting Forums for other great felting art, go to

http://feltingforum.com/