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Cathy Needham Textile Artist






Golden Sunrise

Inspired by the rising sun, this piece is nuno felt with a silk fabric backing, merino and Wensleydale wool and silk fibres. With hand stitching and  embellished with beads and semi-precious stones such as citrine

Golden Sunrise (detail)

Inspired by the rising sun, this piece is nuno felt with a silk fabric backing, merino and Wensleydale wool and silk fibres. With hand stitching and  embellished with beads and semi-precious stones such as citrine

Heartfelt

This felt heart uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres,   and silk, velvet, cotton  & satin fabrics wet felted in, with  hand embroidery and beads on  top

































Heartfelt (detail)

This felt heart uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres,   and silk, velvet, cotton  & satin fabrics wet felted in, with  hand embroidery and beads on top

Copper Pathways

This applique piece explores colour harmony through a range of fabrics such as velvets, cottons, satins, silks and lace. There are several pathways of dense hand stitching in a variety of stitches, moving across the piece.  

Copper Pathways (detail)

This applique piece explores colour harmony through a range of fabrics such as velvets, cottons, satins, silks and lace. There are several pathways of dense hand stitching in a variety of stitches, moving across the piece.  


Green Pathways

This applique piece explores colour harmony through a range of fabrics such as velvets, cottons, satins, silks and lace. There are several pathways of dense hand stitching in a variety of stitches, moving across the piece.


Orange Pathways

This applique piece explores colour harmony through a range of fabrics such as velvets, cottons, satins, silks and lace. There are several pathways of dense hand stitching in a variety of stitches, moving across the piece.  

Purple Pathways

This applique piece explores colour harmony through a range of fabrics such as velvets, cottons, satins, silks and lace. There are several pathways of dense hand stitching in a variety of stitches, moving across the piece.

Autumn leaves cushion 1
(Front)

Inspired by autumn leaves fallen to the ground, this cushion uses merino wools to make the front. It is backed with velour fabric


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Autumn leaves cushion 2
(Front)

Inspired by autumn leaves fallen to the ground, this cushion uses merino wools to make the front. It is backed with velour fabric


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Autumn leaves cushion
(Made up)

Inspired by autumn leaves fallen to the ground, this cushion uses merino wools to make the front. It is backed with velour fabric


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Orange Petal Power

 Loosely inspired by a clematis flower this felt picture uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres, and silk, velvet, cotton   lace & satin fabrics wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery over the top

Windswept

The gorgeous expanses of Heather in the North Yorkshire Moors in August inspired this interpretation.  This felt picture uses merino and Blue faced leicester wools

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Summer Storm

I saw this scene in the Yorkshire Wolds in summer. This felt picture uses merino,  Wensleydale and Blue faced Leicester wools and hand dyed nepps

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Heleniums


This felt picture uses merino wools,  wool nepps and various yarns


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Five floating leaves


Silk painted leaves on silk noil, stitched onto a hand dyed satin silk background. Loosely inspired by Japanese prints

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Four small abstracts  (figures of eight)

Nuno felted abstract pieces, with cotton backing fabric, hand stitched with wool yarns and then felted with merino wool

A Purple Spire

Inspired by a Delphinium flower in the garden this piece uses merino, Wensleydale wools to wet felt the background and the  flowers and leaves are felted seperately and then cut out and  attached on top with hand sewn veins and stamen.

Edge of the Moors

The gorgeous expanses of Heather in the North Yorkshire Moors in August inspired this interpretation.  This felt picture uses merino and Blue faced Leicester wools

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Stormy skies over the Wolds

I saw this scene in the Yorkshire Wolds. This felt picture uses merino,  Wensleydale and Blue Faced Leicester wools and hand dyed nepps

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Autumn drifts


Felt bowl in merino wools based on Autumn leaves. The bowl is wet felted as is the felt for the leaves, which are cut out and embellished with sewing or beads and then attached on the bowl

Autumn drifts


Felt bowl in merino wools based on Autumn leaves. The bowl is wet felted as is the felt for the leaves, which are cut out and embellished with sewing or beads and then attached on the bowl
Autumn drifts (detail)


Felt bowl in merino wools based on Autumn leaves. The bowl is wet felted as is the felt for the leaves, which are cut out and embellished with sewing or beads and then attached on the bowl



Autumn Pod

 Loosely inspired by a mossy tree stump, this felt pod uses merino, blue faced leicester &  Wensleydale wools with silk fibres, and silk, velvet, cotton   lace & satin fabrics wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery

Commission for a private collection


Autumn Pod (detail)

 Loosely inspired by a mossy tree stump, this felt pod uses merino, blue faced leicester &  Wensleydale wools with silk fibres, and silk, velvet, cotton   lace & satin fabrics wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery  

Commission for a private collection

Drifting Down

Inspired by autumn leaves falling to the ground, this wall hanging uses merino wools. The brighter leaves were pre-felted and then cut out and felted in to the background with darker leaves on
it.

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Mossy Vessel

Felt vessel, inspired by
mossy tree stumps, with
felted in fabric pieces, and  thread embellishment

Time and Tide


Tide, sand and pebbles on the shore…
This wet felted piece uses merino, blue faced Leicester wools with silk fibres and pre- felted pebbles and knitted foam

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Pebbles in the foam


Felt hanging with knitted foam, pebbles, beads and thread embellishment

Trio of cushions

These cushions use merino wools and kid mohair wool for the centres of the two on the right, to make the fronts . They are backed  with velour fabric

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Stormy Weather

Felt hanging with knitting, pebbles, semi-precious stones, beads and thread embellishment

Commission for a private collection







Four hanging pods,

Three hanging together felted with Merino & Wensleydale wools and other yarns and silk fibres.
Spotty Dotty pod The middle image and bottom right (detail) wet felted with Merino wool and Wensleydale wool with beads and hand stitching.  

Pools of Light


Inspired by light falling from Stained glass window in York Minster onto a wall. Wet felted with merino wool and silk fibres, with some beads on top

Healing Hands and Birds Flying Free

Inspired by mid 20th century Stained glass window in York Minster  These hangings are wet felted with merino wool. St Francis frees the birds ( two outer ones) and St Francis heals the Lepers (middle one)


Healing Hands and Birds Flying Free hangings

Inspired by mid 20th century glass window in York Minster  These hangings are wet felted with merino wool. St Francis frees the birds ( two outer ones) and St Francis heals the Lepers (middle one)

Pink to Purple disc

This disc uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres,   and silk, velvet, cotton  & satin fabrics wet felted in, with  hand embroidery and beads on  top

Pink to Purple disc(detail)

This disc uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres,   and silk, velvet, cotton  & satin fabrics wet felted in, with  hand embroidery and beads on  top

In the Current (detail)


Silk painted leaves of silk noil, stitched onto a hand dyed satin silk background. Loosely inspired by Japanese prints


In the Current


 This hanging has silk painted leaves of silk noil, stitched onto a hand dyed satin silk background. Loosely inspired by Japanese prints

Solar Flare


Nuno felted piece, with cotton backing fabric, hand stitched with wool yarns and then felted with merino wool

Path of light (sunset)


Inspired by a sunset off the coast of Costa Rica  this hanging uses merino wools


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All Peachy

 Loosely inspired by a clematis flower this felt picture uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres felt backing. Silk, velvet, cotton,  lace & satin fabric petals appliqued on top. with hand embroidery and a beaded flower centre over the top

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Heart of the Fire

Like looking into the heart of a fire, this bowl is wet felted merino and Wensleydale wool and silk fibres. With hand stitching and embellished with beads and semi-precious stones such as citrine


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Coral Dawn

Inspired by the dawn sun, this piece is nuno felt with a cotton  fabric backing, merino and Wensleydale wool and silk fibres. With hand stitching and  embellished with beads.



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 Work  late 2014- 2015  Click on images for large version