Making Prefelt for the Monet Challenge

I finally started on the third quarter challenge for the Felting and Fiber Studio which is using Monet’s work as an inspiration. I originally thought I would use on of his floral/landscape paintings but changed my mind after I looked at more images of his work. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess the inspiration once you see the pattern.

Layout for Prefelt

To start, I needed to make some blue prefelt. I used merino wool that I had previously dyed with indigo and then carded into batts.

Freezer Paper Pattern

I made the prefelt and left it really soft. I then made a pattern out of freezer paper to cut out what I needed for the Monet piece.

Prefelt Cut Out

I ironed the  freezer paper to the prefelt and then cut it out. Have you guessed the inspiration?

Close up of Prefelt

Perhaps you can see in the close up how soft the prefelt is. I want it to just sink into the background. It has two layers, one light blue and one dark blue. Hopefully that will give it a more mottled look.

Cut Out Prefelt for Monet Challenge

And here’s the prefelt all cut out. For the background, I am planning a solid piece of white or yellow felt. Then I want to make a break down screen print to go over the surface to give all the color to the piece. I’m not sure how it will turn out but it should be a fun experiment.

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16 thoughts on “Making Prefelt for the Monet Challenge

  1. Your Monet challenge project looks like an ambitious piece, but it looks like a process we will all learn from. Will look forward to hearing (and seeing!) more about it.

  2. Really looking forward to seeing the effect of screen printing on felt – it has been on my list of things to try for months but now I have an opportunity to live vicariously through you! 😉

    • Thanks Teri – I screen printed on my last challenge piece too. It worked great. This one though I am want to try breakdown printing which I haven’t done on felt yet. So we’ll all experiment together!

  3. It should be fabulous – your plans are great and you’ve made a good start (that was a fiddly pre-felt cut!)

    I’ve never used freezer paper – does it peel off the pre-felt easily when you want it to?

  4. This is going to be an interesting project Ruth. Getting a sharp outline on such fluffy felt is challenging, however the outline should be perfect for the misty atmosphere of “The Houses of Parliament” ???? 🙂

  5. Hello Ruth, i enjoyed seeing how you made your prefelt. It sorta looked like a castle reflecting into a pond. I look forward to seeing what it becomes. Hugs Judy

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