When felting, I used fibres that linked to the colour palette I have created for my FMP. For my first attempt, I didn’t add enough layers, so the finished sample was slightly holey in sections. I worked back into the felt using hand embroidery to add detail and more texture to the piece. I made my next piece double-sided, with bracket fungi on one side and the top of toadstool mushrooms on the other side. I like this sample, and it worked a lot better than my first attempt. To add interest I machine stitched detail into the bracket fungi side so that there would be an abstract pattern over the toadstool side, and then I cut up the sample, switched round the panels and sewed it back together again. I made my next to samples circular, one was a tree trunk, and the other was a mushroom. When laying out the mushroom sample, I tried to lay the pieces of fibre to look like the gills of a mushroom, but they fell off whilst I was felting, so I added them back in after with machine embroidery. For my last sample, I created a mushroom shape and layered up a few colours so I could cut into the sample and expose the layer underneath like Jeanette Appleton. I like the effect the slashing created, and I feel it adds depth to the piece. I think the texture of the felt works for bracket fungi and adding the bark and moss texture to the sample. I don’t think I will use felting in my final piece as it is hard to get the detail of the mushroom in the samples, and I feel it doesn’t capture the more intricate look I want in my FMP, which will be a wall hanging.

Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette Appleton | 62 Group of Textile Artists

Jeanette Appleton is a textile designer from the UK who works mainly with fibres and felting. She’s inspired by her travels and the ephemeral landscapes she sees there. Appleton uses stitch and cutting into her designs to elevate her work. She also layers different materials into her felting pieces to add different textures. I think the way that Appleton works back into the felt is really effective, and it adds a lot more character to the textile. I can really see the landscapes she is trying to depict and the temporary quality of them.

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