Felting a large rainbow wall hanging

Background to the first Rainbow hanging

Felting a large tribal Rainbow Wallhanging in fine Merino wools embellished with mulberry and tussah silks and felted tassels and balls.

The rainbow window hanging originally displayed in shop window is now a wall hanging in our house.
This is the embellished side of the window hanging – laid out on kitchen floor for photograph.
You can see that wet felting is not an exact art like embroidery. Wonky lines and overlaps can occur, which usually add to its charm.
This is the other side which is just wet felted and unembellished. I added another sky canopy. The fringes and tassels are the same.
I added details in silk to each radiating arc using the colour of the adjacent arc. So, indigo circles were worked on the blue, green on the orange, yellow on the orange etc.
The colours are so vivid, they almost vibrate. Notice the thin inserts of pink and turquoise which add a ‘pop’ of colour.
Martin hangs the rainbow inside the shop window by suspending it from wooden pole. The simple, unadorned wet-felted side was also pleasing to view from inside the shop
Views from outside shop.
Another rainbow layout – measuring approximately 70cm by 70 cm from top of sky canopy to tip of fringes. Here, I have added patterns using yellow, purple and green pencil yarns which felts really well.
The large rainbow kit contains around 400 g of wools and silks.
All your felting wools and silks can be stored in the handy Calico bag.
Overhead view of second rainbow.
The Sky batt can be added to the main body of rainbow.
Arranging the Sky batt in place. It could be extended or modified by using the additional wools from the sky pack. This sky probably needs widening to ‘square off’ the look of the piece.
The packs of selected wools seen here displayed on top of the special ArtFelt paper, on which you can draft your design to help with laying out the wools.
The kit also contains a fluffy Sky canopy in the form of a batt as seen on lower right hand of picture. .
I carded the sky batt in blue, white and grey. It can be laid down and added to, using the extra wools for the sky. Adding mauve to the sky mix will lend it a stormy look.
This is a large wallhanging could also be used as a window hanging because it’s stunning from both sides.
During the fine April weather, I worked happily outside on the garden table. Notice how the sky background is sti

About the Rainbow wallhanging or window hanging kit …

Would you like to craft a lasting memorial to signify these dark days?
My huge tribal Rainbow wallhangings and window-hangings have been acclaimed by people searching for a more meaningful and spiritual artistic expression for their inner hopes and fears. I’ve had orders from all over the UK – from the south west of England to the north of Scotland.
We’ve all seen the emblem of the rainbow 🌈 used as a sign of thanks and a symbol of hope in strange, uncertain times.
I found that by adding a wider range of colours in wools and silks, I was able to scale up the simple rainbow to felt a large embellished wallhanging to be a lasting witness to my experience and a beautiful heirloom for my grandchildren.
Why is it Tribal?
I added vibrance and depth by blending and combining a range of shades of each of the seven colours of the rainbow. Pops of pink and turquoise radiate from the arc, beneath a canopy of sky and the edges of each colour are woven into fringes extending beyond the lower edge – all combining to give it an ethnic, tribal feel.
I needlefelted symbols and cyphers into one side of the piece to represent Coronas, agape, omegas and kappas as I wanted it to signify yet mask my feelings.
This project will take you several days to accomplish, but working with these vibrant colours and being able to walk away and return to it afresh will be a transformative experience.

What’s included in the price?

Online link to detailed step by step illustrated instructions on how to make a tribal Rainbow wall hanging.
To make a One Metre Square Wall-hanging Kit costs £45 + £3.70 P&P.
To make a 50cm by 50cm tribal Rainbow Wall-hanging Kit costs £32 + £3.10 P&P.
Each pack comes in a calico bag for your felting and with a bar of hand-made olive oil soap and my ceramic porcelain maker’s mark to authenticate your work.
Each Kit contains ample amounts of:
Sixteen shades of fine Merino wools in all the colours of the Rainbow.
Embellishments of:-
Mulberry and tussah silk fibres.
Curly tops. Felting pencil yarns.
A hand carded batt of blues, whites and greys for the sky canopy.
Extra wools to make the fringes, tassels and felted balls.
One metre square of ArtFelt paper on which to lay out your design. (This paper dissolves with the addition of warm water and soap during the actual wet felting process.)
Four strips of tulle netting, equal to more than one square metre, to hold your design in place whilst you are working on different sections.

What you will need

A large table or work surface you can use for a few days at least
Large sheet of bubble wrap.
Old bath towel to lay on table.
Spray water bottle. Warm water. Soap.
A foam insulation pipe to use as a roller in the wet felting process.
Your imagination to run free!

Contact

Judi Binks at Felting in Devon

Email me at: feltingindevon@gmail.com

Text me on 07837 436395. I always try to respond within a few hours.

Platinum Badge

Available as a gift. £45 + P&P.

Window hanging at Kennerleigh village stores

You will need…

A large table top or work space that you can reserve for this project for at least two days.

Plastic sheeting to protect work space.

Old bath towel to cover the work surface and soak up the water.

Two sheets of bubble wrap measuring at least one square metre.

A large net or lace curtain to hold the design in place when it’s under construction and before wetting down the wools.

A sheet of water soluble Art Felt paper at least one metre square on which to draw out the rainbow template denoting the coloured arcs. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

Plenty of hot water in plastic spray bottle or braiser. Hand soap or liquid soap.

Design concept …

Felting is not an exact craft so perfect lines might not be possible so allow for these possibilities.

Symmetry is an important aesthetic, however. Think about the inner arc, the violet arc. It could be semi- circular, heart shaped, a tear drop, a face or a symbol – something that is unique and special to you.

Think about the sky backdrop which is not only decorative but structurally important when hanging, as the final piece will be heavy.

Colours of the Rainbow

Do you want simple paint box colour in each of the seven arcs or a gradation of hues and shades of each colour to add tonality and depth to your rainbow? If so, select your colours and lay them out in various combinations to achieve a satisfying effect.

Different shades of red.

Remember …you will need decreasing amounts of fibres as you move from red down to violet. It is vital that you divide your selection of all the hues into two equal piles before you start so you don’t run out before completing each arc.

Draft your rainbow design on to the ArtFelt paper using all the space as there will be shrinkage. Label each layer with Colour to remind you when laying down the fibres.

I usually start laying out from the bottom left and work up to the apex before working down to the other side. This will ensure you don’t run out of fibre.

The Sky can be added on separately after the rainbow is laid out. See later pictures.

The fringes and tassels can be added once the basic rainbow design has been laid out. Fringes are a useful way of adding length to the project and for using up left over wools. Stitching on felted balls to the ends of tassels also adds to the fun.

How to lay out the fibres

Doing the other side…

Just a draft layout. I will check that all fibres are overlooking with each other and that there are no holes. I do this by pressing down gently with the palms of my hands.

Adding a Sky background?

Adding sky is useful way of adding height and interest to your rainbow. More importantly, it provides a surface to hang it from.

To be continued…

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