I had not heard the term surface design until I had been felting for some period of time. I would occasionally hear it mentioned, on felting groups and forum. Curiosity finally got the best of me, so I started to research what it was all about. Recently, I took a workshop in Portland about the basic of surface design.
So, what is surface design? In a nutshell, surface design encompasses patterning, structuring and adding embellishments on a felted fabric with stitching, embroidering with colored threads, fiber or silk and perhaps beading.
Some of my projects posted here are done using resists to create an interesting 3-dimensional surface design. This technique creates an interesting combination of surface textures through felting with wool felt and roving. By layering different combinations of wool and resist, one can create different textures, colors and alter the surface of the felted piece which in turn will bring rise to interesting three-dimensional shapes on a piece of pre-felted fabric.
Surface design opens up an exciting new dimension (quite literally) in the creation of felted pieces. I think you will find the process fun, with nearly limitless design possibilities for your pieces. The following is a selection of my pieces, that will be on display at the gallery.
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