Linda has trained in textiles at art college and now uses beautifully soft dyed wools to make her fantastic landscape pictures. She showed us how the initial layers of cream wool are built up then coloured wools are added to create the top layer, the basis for the landscape. The wool is then wetted with hot soapy water and the fibres are agitated this way and that using a variety of methods, until the fibres begin to shrink and fuse together to form the felt. This is a slow process involving many stages and lots of patience but the end results are all unique and original. Linda explained that she can then add further fibres to the surface to build up her pictures and she often uses machine and hand embroidery to add the finishing touches.
As well as her landscape pictures, Linda also shapes the felt into 3D forms such as vase covers and trinket pots! (You can just see a few 3D behind Linda in the picture on the right).