Play day with Caroline

What a day.

I am so so lucky to have connected with Caroline and Monika. I was tag surfing one day and found Monika through her blog on Highland feltmakers group. Through that I got in contact with Caroline. She creates such wonderful illustrations and embroidery I just couldn’t resist turning one into felt. They lend themselves perfectly to the upside down technique.

So I contacted her to get permission and even better, we arranged a play day for her to learn the technique for herself.

So back to today:-

I had enlarged and printed two of her illustrations and so we chose one each and got stuck in.

Caroline chose to stay true to her original design and used a monochrome colour scheme. She added a little silk and used the fibres like paint to build a brilliant piece which captured the movement and naivety of her original painting perfectly. IT IS AMAZING. I love it and hope she does too.

You can view the origanal illustration here and my felt Isn’t it fun?

I layered colours and used thin strings of silk which don’t come out to well on the photo, but mimic the lovely brush strokes by Caroline.

I wanted to stay with a complimentary colour scheme and chose blue through purple. because I find the picture fun yet a little melancholy. I didn’t ask what it represented for Caroline as I wanted to capture how it made me feel.

I see a new dog replacing an old dog who has gone to doggy heaven and it beeing OK. I wonder what that says about me?

The illustration is so honest and linear. I didn’t want to change any of that.

I used silk to imitate the brush strokes in the background and a variegated batt cut on the cross to fill in the grounded dog. It was great fun.

The day passed very quickly, Caroline has a fantastic outlook on life and it was over to soon.

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One thought on “Play day with Caroline

  1. How lovely to see the finished doggies! and to hear you’re lovely interpretation of the picture. I had such a lovely day felting with you!
    I’m sorry to have missed the get together on Thursday, let me know when the next on is, I’m always up for a good old crafty chin wag.
    Caroline
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