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Cathy Needham Textile Artist






Stream of blue

Inspired by pebbles in the stream bed this felt picture uses merino wool with silk fibres and large range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons & satins wet felted In

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Autumn Flurry

Inspired by autumn leaves blown by the wind this felt picture uses merino wool, silk fibres and many fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons & satins wet felted in

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Petal power III

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

Made after a walk in the Yorkshire Wolds in autumn.
This felt picture uses merino wool with silk fibres, Wensleydale & blue faced Leicester wools and
With dense hand embellishment

Foxglove

I saw this scene in the Yorkshire Dales in summer. This felt picture uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres, and  dense hand embellishment. Foxglove flowers felted and applied separately
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Helenium

Inspired by our garden this felt picture uses merino & Wensleydale wool with silk fibres,   and silk, velvet, cotton  & satin fabrics wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery over the top.
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Richly red

This felt picture uses merino wool with silk fibres and a range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, lace & satins wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery over the top
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Fire

This felt picture uses merino wool with silk fibres and large range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons & satins and lace wet felted in
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Winter sunset

Yorkshire skies can be fantastic, this was based on a winter sunset wet felted with merino wool and silk fibres. Hand stitched over the top

Petal power II

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

Loosely inspired by a walk through a Dales meadow this
felt picture uses merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres,  and silk, velvet, cotton, satin & lace fabrics wet felted in, with dense hand embroidery over the top
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High and Dry

I made this after a walk in the Yorkshire Wolds, inspired by the characteristic dry valleys of this area. It is wet felted with merino  and Wensleydale wools and silk fibres

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Jostling for position


Part of a hanging/scarf in nuno felt, hand dyed chiffon background with merino wool  in a pattern of circles and squares

Sunflowerette

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

Detail of tall sculpture. Wet felted in merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres and fabric felted in and rich hand embellishment over the top.


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Sway

Detail of tall sculpture. Wet felted in merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres and fabric felted in and rich hand embellishment over the top.


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Hardraw force


Based on the Hardraw waterfall near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales. This felt picture uses merino and Wensleydale wool,  with silk fibres wet felted  

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Wave


Inspired by an breaking wave this
thin felt bowl was wet felted using merino and Wensleydale wools with silk fibres

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Wave


Looking down into the bowl.
Inspired by an breaking wave this
thin felt bowl was wet felted using merino and Wensleydale wools with silk fibres.

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Pool


Inspired by pebbles in the stream bed this felt bowl uses merino wool with silk fibres and large range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons & satins wet felted in  
Shell


Felt vessel in merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres and fabric felted in and  rich hand embellishment over the top.
Side one of vessel

Shell


Felt vessel in merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres and fabric felted in and  rich hand embellishment over the top
Side two of vessel

Flow


Inspired by pebbles in the stream bed this felt picture uses merino wool with silk fibres and a range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons & satins wet felted in.

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Sunflower Quartet


Four felt pictures on the left are
loosely inspired by a sunflower decaying. This felt quartet was wet felted using merino & Wensleydale wools with silk fibres.  A range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, lace & satins was appliqued on afterwards and the pieces richly hand embellished with threads. Mounted in one frame

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Hydrangea


Felt picture based on a hydrangea flower in  merino wool with hand dyed sik fabric felted in and hand thread embellishment


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Mini meadow


Felt picture loosely inspired buy a field of marsh marigolds. In silk and merino wool with  velvet, cotton, silk and satin fabrics felted in and hand  embellishment over the top

Purple petal power


 Loosely inspired by a clematis flower this felt picture uses merino &Wensleydale wools with silk fibres,  and fabrics such as silks, velvets, cottons  & satins wet felted in, with dense hand  embellishment over the top

Winter silhouette

I love seeing winter trees silhouetted against a sunset. This picture was wet felted with merino wool and silk fibres

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Winter moonrise

Also the moon rise behind a winter tree is very atmospheric, wet felted with merino wool and silk fibres
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Winter sunset II

Yorkshire skies can be fantastic, this was based on a winter sunset. Wet felted with merino wool and silk fibres. Hand stitched over the top
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Grand Depart Bowl

This bowl is my personal response to the through the Grand depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. The seven area of the bowl represent aspects of Yorkshire important to me/connected to the Tour. Yellow: Tour de France colours
Green:  Verdant Yorkshire dales
Blue:  Yorkshire coast and sea Lilac: Yorkshire Moors Heather  
White: May blossom in the Wolds the colour of the York rose
Brown: Represent the Yorkshire textile industry, important to me as a textile artist
Oranges: the rocks, strata and geology of Yorkshire
The bowl is wet felted with merino and Wensleydale wools, silk fibres and then dense hand stitched on top



Clematis quartet

Loosely inspired by clematis flowers in my garden,  this quartet were wet felted with merino and Wensleydale wools and silk fibres. The petals in a range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, lace & satins were appliqued on top, and the pieces richly hand embellished with threads and beads
Four seperate pictures

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Flower power quarters ( to right)

Loosely inspired by clematis flowers in my garden,  this quartet were wet felted with merino, Wensleydale wools and silk fibres. The petals are a range of fabrics such as silks, velvets, lace & satins were appliqued on top, and the pieces richly hand embellished with threads and beads
Originally four seperate pictures

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Spiralling out (on left)

Loosely inspired by the idea of spiralling galaxies, this  nuno felt hanging has a hand dyed chiffon silk backgorund with a merino wool pattern felted on top.

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Work October 2013- April 2014  Click on images for large version