Autumn Tapestry

Autumn always inspires us to pull out the wool and needles. Hels and I created this tapestry together on Saturday. It was the first time we've ever needlefelted a tapestry and we're hooked!

Here are the mushrooms above ground and two little root babies slumbering under the tree.

Hels had fun creating this pair of squirrels sitting on the ground.

I love this little gnome with his lantern. I fussed and fussed with the tree while she whipped out all the other parts.

There was lots of other felting this weekend as well. Lou created a very large "bunny world" that I'll have to share later. Hels also felted this squirrel sculpture along with lots of acorns and pumpkins.

We have just so quietly and naturally shifted into Autumn that I hadn't even realized it was the equinox until this morning. So, Happy Autumn to you all! We look forward to a season of crafting, festivals, stews, long cool afternoons out at the fire, wood chopping, and rambles through the colorful mountains.

Dawn  – (September 21, 2008 at 8:12 PM)  

That tapestry, and the squirrel are so cute! Very well done!

Anonymous –   – (September 21, 2008 at 11:36 PM)  

Very nice! What a fun project to do together--as long as you kept out of the way of each other's needles :-)

Six cords of wood sounds extremely exhausting!

Phyllis  – (September 22, 2008 at 1:07 AM)  

Beautiful! How would one go about learning to do that? :-)

Lisa Anne  – (September 22, 2008 at 7:23 AM)  

That is an incredible tapestry! That is a great project to do together. I find needle felting so rewarding because it is so easy to create something beautiful.

Simmy –   – (September 22, 2008 at 7:55 AM)  

It's beautiful. Well done both of you.

Suzanne  – (September 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM)  

Happy Autumn to you too! Thanks for sharing your project, I love the colors. I was in VT a couple of weeks ago at Tasha Tudor's memorial service, I blogged about it and posted a clip of the Japanes video of her in her gardens during one season a couple years back, if you care to take a look.

Ms. Pisces  – (September 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM)  

Oh my gosh! It's so beautiful!!!!

denise  – (September 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM)  

Happy Autumn. What a LOVELY tapestry. Very amazingly intricate. Love the color choices too!

Carol  – (September 22, 2008 at 9:40 PM)  

Beautiful!! I really want to start doing this, I so wish someone crafty lived close to me and could get me started.

Tammy  – (September 22, 2008 at 10:20 PM)  

Oh my goodness, that's about the cutest felted item I've ever seen. My computer wallpaper was due for a change, and your tapestry is there now. :)

Lisa [strickerin]  – (September 23, 2008 at 1:07 AM)  

Stunning. I love autumnal tones. What a great way to spend the equinox.

Carrie –   – (September 23, 2008 at 2:29 PM)  

Happy Autumn to you too! Your wool projects are wonderful and I am wondering where you get your supplies. I am very interested in learning to needlefelt and am wondering where to start. Thank you!

Sarah  – (September 23, 2008 at 2:40 PM)  

Hi Carrie,

We get a lot of our fleece at craft fairs or yarn ships. If you look in the handwork section of Waldorf online toy shops, you'll see lots of beginner's felting kits. Try "A Child's Dream Come True" or "bellaluna toys". Not being a professional crafter....I like to begin with a kit when I'm trying something new!

Phyllis-- There is a nice book called "Magic Wool" which has instructions for creating wool pictures. As Hels says "it's a very forgiving craft" so, give it a whirl.

RunninL8  – (September 23, 2008 at 10:25 PM)  

That tapestry is GORGEOUS! Amazing job! Makes me want to pull out the wool and give it a try!

Apron Thrift Girl  – (September 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM)  

Your tapestry is just stunning. It is such a sweet taste of Autumn. I read the Root Children to my son the other day and love to read it at each new season. It is such a charming story when the children go back to sleep for the winter.

Karen  – (September 25, 2008 at 10:31 PM)  

I've never tried 3D needle felting before - the squirrel has inspired me to find out how the heck to do it without felting fleece to my palm! The tapestry is exquisite.

Melody  – (September 26, 2008 at 5:45 AM)  

That tapestry is just amazing! So, so very beautiful.

shelleycaskey  – (September 26, 2008 at 7:16 AM)  

sarah - thank you for your comment on my blog! i'm curious what shop you saw my hats in?? very cool!

this is an amazing tapestry! it is hard to imagine it was your first attempt - so beautiful! that little gnome and lantern are exquisite! ~ shelley

heronkay  – (October 4, 2008 at 5:05 PM)  

I am Beth H's partner, and I love the felted tapestry and woodland stuff you and Hels have created. I am a fiber person too and love to see what other people are doing!

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