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Golden Birch Leaf - hand felted textile art

Golden Birch Leaf - hand felted textile art
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This original artwork was born out of a desire to capture the start of the change to glorious gold which birch leaves undergo during the autumn. It has been made by carefully laying out wool fibres in several fine layers, combining the shades for the leaf to evoke the tones found in the ones on our tree, and using a few golden silk fibres together with the wool. The leaf has been placed on a blue background as if it’s being seen against a lovely autumn sky, using hand dyed silk squares to give a beautiful subtle shimmer. The whole piece has then been entirely hand felted using hot soapy water and a lot of careful pressure and rolling. Once dry I have used free motion machine embroidery to add the stem and bring out the leaf outline and veins.

The finished piece has been stretched and stapled around a Windsor and Newton artist’s canvas so that the beauty of the textures and the slight shimmer of the silk can be clearly seen.

The picture measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm and is 2.5 cm deep (measurements are approximate.) It is strung with picture cord ready to hang on your wall and would look lovely grouped with other nature-inspired pieces. It will be carefully wrapped and sent by Royal Mail First Class Recorded Delivery which will require a signature when it arrives. I have loved making and stitching it.

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The silver birch tree in our garden is just a constant source of joy to me as I watch it through the seasons and I love everything about it!
In late summer the leaves begin turning to rich gold - the green fades away from the edges and the gold creeps in slowly and it was this that I wanted to capture. I kept going into the garden to look more closely at the leaves as they changed through the season, sometimes getting wet toes in the process from the dewy grass.

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