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.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.
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!
My son really enjoyed making the large rainbow project with me especially the bit with the water. We have had a lot of art projects to do re schoolwork and he has been drawing rainbows for the local shop windows, Fire station - Dad works there and for the elderly who don’t have young grandchildren. Thanks again.
Thanks for all your help with your step by step guide. The rainbow turned out better than I expected and Fraser really enjoyed making it, especially the bit with the water.
Will be attempting the felt soaps next, thanks for adding them in. Ruari is even going to give it a go.
Take care and stay safe.
What a wonderful surprise to open up this delightful package of colours! It came on a very dark day and I am keen to clear the decks and get started on my rainbow banner. Very good communication and patient advice from Judi - nothing was too much trouble.
The rainbow kits arrived yesterday and the wool colours are amazing! I can't wait to get started with my daughter as we've been isolating and wanted to try something creative and new. The instructions look very easy to follow and Judi was quick to respond, answer all questions and dispatch the item. Excellent service.