I spent about a week on this, blending the colors, laying 'em out, needling in the hopes of keeping the colors defined and then wet felting. Some day I'm going to attempt prefelts, but they scare me for some reason
It was almost painful putting the water on the carefully needled piles of wool I'd spent 3 days getting just right...it looked pretty spiffy, all poofy and 3d, but it really wasn't solid enough to hang. The sculpted bit up top is needlefelted over wire and then wet felted to blend. I really had no idea how this was going to turn out at any given point, but I'm totally digging the results. Yay! I so freakin love felting
A closeup of some of the colors used...There was a lot of blending (using kitty brushes) involved:
For anyone who's interested in inspiration and that sort of thing, this hanging was brought on by the Nickel Creek lyrics "we lean another ladder against the wrong wall and climb high to the highest rung to shake fists at the sky". This guy is so focused on being angry
that he doesn't notice what he's accomplished in climbing so high, he doesn't even notice that he's set himself on fire in passing by the sun...he's only interested in reaching the top to shout out his futile indignation. Okay, so it's not a happy theme, but the colors are pretty, huh?