I make these banners from undyed wool (mainly from my own rare-breed Soay flock), and they hang from local oak rods hand-turned by Mat Look. They are backed with unbleached cotton. Each one is hand-felted by me using the traditional wet-rolling method, and then the design is completed with needlefelted details.
I started to make them to see if it was possible to produce an atmospheric rendering of the Peak District landscape using almost only local materials in their raw state: undyed wool fleece and local oak. The moody grey skies, dark walls on frosty hills, tumbling water and ubiquitous sheep all seem to me to typify the local landscape. These pictures show how well these natural colours sit with other natural materials, like the oak of the door on which they hang. I am very happy with the results!
As in all my work, every piece is unique (there is no other way to make hand-rolled felt in several colours): and they can be gently washed by hand! So if you seek a piece of unique wall art which is also light-weight and practical, these may suit you. They can easily be posted without damage. The large ones are approximately 15”x 9”, small, roughly 10”x10”.