In this video I'm adding the details to my latest picture of Sanderlings, not Sandpipers as I say for some reason!.These are small sea wading birds that live on the coast near where we live in Northumberland. They tend to run along the shoreline in small groups dodging the waves and feeding on the wet sand. I needle felt the details using a wide variety of wool yarns, some of which you can see in the photo below.
For this particular picture there are 3 very special wool yarns that I could have not have managed without. Firstly there's 2 very pale grey yarns, 1 made of Shetland wool and 1 made of Suffolk wool that I got Jenny Howes of Sky Blue Pink Designs to hand spin for me. Then there's the hand dyed blue boucle yarn made from Herdwick wool that I bought from the Wool Clip in Cumbria. If you're interested in wool related crafts and you're in the Lake District, The Wool Clip is a fantastic place to visit as they "grow it, sew it, spin, weave and dye it, knit, crochet and felt it, hook with it, tuft with it and stuff with it."
The picture isn't quite finished yet but here's a bit of a rubbish photo of work so far. I've really enjoyed working on this one as I just love a seascape. I'd just like to point out that the photo was taken at a bit of an angle and the horizon is not really tilting at an alarming angle! It should be finished in a few days and then it's off to the printers to be scanned for prints and cards.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.