I'm doing a series of blogs with a little bit of background information about some of the Harris Tweed "paintings" in my exhibition. at the Bakehouse Gallery in Alnwick this summer.
This blog isn't so much a story, it's more of a series of photos showing how my pictures progress from being a line drawing to the finished object as shown in the photo above.
My line drawing, which is then cut up and used a pattern to cut out all the pieces of Harris Tweed
The background piece of Harris Tweed, which is the same size as the whole picture. All the smaller pieces of Harris tweed will be needle felted onto this background tweed. In this case the background is a subtle pale grey blue Harris Tweed woven by Annie Mackay of Crotal Harris Tweed.
Cutting out the castle buildings.
Gradually pinning the pieces of Harris Tweed into place.
Everything pinned and ready to be needle felted into place.
A truly terrible photo (sorry!) of everything needle felted into place.
The final stage and most time consuming stage is to needle felt all the details into place using wool yarns. In the picture above most of the details have been added, but the final version has a bit more detail on the sea.
"Lindisfarne Castle II" has been professionally framed in a plain wooden frame with an opaque white finish. It measures 18 inches square (inc. frame) and costs £600. It is also available as a greetings card or a giclee print in 2 sizes (£25 & £75) from the Bakehouse Gallery or our online shop.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.