Forest floor-entrant in international embellisher challenge

7 Apr 2010
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Both Low Tide and Forest floor are entrants in the International Embellisher Challenge 2010

Base –base fabric was created from wool and silk , then assorted fibres ,fabrics and yarns  were attached  by machine  needlefelting  the whole piece. High relief was achieved by stuffing and trapunto to give an undulating look. The rocks are created by needlefelting differing shades of muslin from the back to give a soft mossy look. These are then stuffed and stitched to give rock like forms. Various threads and sari silk  throw waste are felted  to recreate grasses and natural forms. Silk paper is cut to make floral shapes and leaves. Aluminium wire is wrapped in paper fibre to create roots both big and paper string for small. roots.

The frog – the frog was hand needle and wet felted.It has armatured limbs and was highlighted with fabric paints on its body. It has hand pinted glass eyes and beaded fingers.


                  Artist Statement:


Forest Floor evolved from finding a small green tree frog in our yard after a wet period here in Qld. It was the first tree frog I had seen in years, giving me hope that they hadn’t disappeared completely from our area. I envisioned a small frog climbing along a  moist rainforest  floor looking for shelter. This piece is almost entirely needlefelted using an extensive no .of yarns, threads and fibres  to create a mossy, green landscape, with exposed forest roots that the  little frog clings to as he moves along.

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lauraruiz wrote
on 10 Apr 2010 9:21 AM
Your work shows your love for nature. Your attention to detail and the many layers give your project tremendous depth. I love the forest floor and the frog too.
on 11 Apr 2010 6:07 PM

thanks so much -I had great fun doing it and it even amazed me how much I can do on the embellisher machine.


on 20 Apr 2010 11:50 AM

This is really wonderful! You've achieved such wonderful dimension and depth--and the frog is very cute.

on 31 May 2010 4:11 PM

This is soooo amazing. I truly love all your attention to materials and texture and depth!!!!

kianakiska09 wrote
on 8 Jan 2011 11:34 AM

This is a most wonderful piece.  I just purchased an embellishment machine (needle felting machine).  Your piece shows me many wonderful things to strive for in my little creations.