16.3.08

Egg Nest

My entry for the NFEST (Needle Felt Etsy Street Team), which was 'Birds and Nests'. Starting from the rough sketch...




...it didn't turn out exactly like that; the wool did not like being felted so tinily. Each bird took about two hours to perfect. Or near as dammit.






But after about 12 hours (total) hard labour...



And finished off with a tag.



Thank you to everyone who left a supportive comment or e-mailed me, from the post below. I never cease to be amazed at how kind people can be, or actually how many of us are in the same leaky old boat.

27 comments:

Mary Beth said...

What a wonderful piece of work! So perfect for spring.

Kim said...

Hello Gretel. I've been reading your blog for a while and have to say I love your work. Your story of how you started and why, was very moving. It takes a lot of courage to be so candid.

The birds nest and egg are fab :)

Kim x

natural attrill said...

Wonderful!! lovely!! your needle felting creations are fab G! I especially like this egg.
P.xx

Fibrespace said...

Wow, it looks fantastic, I can see why you are getting hooked on needle felting when you can create such beautiful pieces of art with it.

Melanie said...

Gorgeous! My 10 year old self( which i am told is my mental age) waits in anticipation to discover the creature that is contained within the rather large egg.

Erin said...

I have been reading your blog for a little while now and I love opening it up to discover all the wonders! Love the birds and egg! I really want to learn needle felting...but have a kazillion projects going right now myself!

Caroline B said...

I still can't believe you are a newbie at needlefelting - fabulous!

paula said...

ohhhh this is gorgeous! x

Elizabeth said...

These creations are stunning!
I will have to get one.
Thank you for your comment about the donkeys!
My chief aim in life now is to get my husband to move to the country so we can have
a donkey
a dog, ducks, chickens etc etc.These isn't any grass in the medina.....
Yes, Frances is lovely - and very stylish.

crazyjane said...

THIS IS JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!sooo lovely, you are one talented lady!!!

Jess said...

That egg is an egguisite shape. Sorry I don't know what came over me I never do puns because I don't find them funny. But it IS such a lovely holdable shape, I want to hold it! :)

Lesley said...

Oh my goodness, that is such a beautiful piece of work!!! The little birds are adorable and I adore the egg!

So clever :)

xxx

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Oh my Gretel ... that is soooo wonderful...um, well like everything you do :)

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Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

I`ve always wondered what felting was. This is just the cutest!!

tea
xo

kate said...

Your needlefelting treasures are amazing - I love the wee birds and the blue-spotted egg.

I am really struck by the Bird Lady paintings that I've just seen. Lovely, lovely creations.

Alison said...

Stunning work as usual Gretel!
I'm glad to see you are working on another hanging bird:-)
Take care,
Alison x

Rima said...

Oh bloody wow :) This is great, what lovely soft colours and humourous birds :)
Amazingly good you are at this "new venture"... I reckon you've been doing it for years!! ;)
Hope you are jolly happy and busily well .. xx R

zquilts said...

OMG ! This is absolutely wonderful !
Egg-cellent!
Where did you get your printed tags?

Libbys Blog said...

It amazes me how you can turn balls of fluff into something like this! Amazing!!

ladysnail said...

fabulous egg gretel. it is so beauiful with its speckles and the two little birds. i hope you rewarded yourself with abit of rest after twelve hours of needlefelting. dx.

The Razzler said...

I've just found your blog and I just have to tell you that I love your work, it's beautiful, and I only wish I had any artistic talent!

Cowboys & Custard said...

FABULOUS!!!!
What a work of art Gretel.. I am in awe as I have had a needle felt kit sitting on the shelf for months now and have only got as far as reading the instructions.
Your egg nest is wonderful.. and inspiring!

Michelexx

Rosehaven Cottage said...

An absolutely charming piece of sheer artistry! I am so blown away at the detail, the shape, and the charm of this piece. It really is a work of art.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Ragged Roses said...

That is absolutely beautiful. HOpe you have a great Easter weekend, It;s good to hear we share the same taste in knitting books!
Kimx

Frances said...

And this egg nest is a delight!
In this case, that old question of which came first ... well, the answer is ... the Artist!

Happy Easter, PG
xo

Becca said...

I am so behind in reading your blog ... but have finally just finished previous posts and Gordon's interview ... and I am amazed and deeply moved by it all. You are a truly courageous woman and remarkable artist whose work is exceptional. I love the Bird Lady paintings and your felt toys are absolutely marvelous. It won't be long before you are even more famous. Life has the most interestng way of unfolding. Happy Easter, Gretel.

Soozcat said...

Happy Easter, Gretel! Your latest creation doubles as a rather fabulous Easter egg. :)

How hard is needle felting to pick up? You do have the talent to make it look easy, but that's merely the hallmark of much great art (as the phrase attributed to any number of writing folk puts it, "easy reading is curst hard writing").