>Felt Basilica

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Last night, I stayed up late watching the Winter Olympics while cutting out layers of felt for my beaded St. Mark’s Square painting. I’ll be honest – this is the part of my work that I don’t enjoy doing only because it is tedious. But, I know that it is what makes my beadwork stand out (literally) so I must make myself do it.

beaded beadwork Venice Italy St. Marks Square campanile erosion felt shapes Basilica photo photoshop

My methods probably seem pretty archaic to most people. I first enlarge my image to a suitable size, then I trace over it. I use the tracing to mark and cut out my felt pieces. Over and over again…

beaded beadwork Venice Italy St. Marks Square campanile erosion felt shapes Basilica photo photoshop

So far, I cut out 24 pieces of felt. I think my felt St. Mark’s Basilica may be finished – so far, it is 13 layers thick! It measures 10″ wide x 6″ tall (26cm x 15cm). 

beaded beadwork Venice Italy St. Marks Square campanile erosion felt shapes Basilica photo photoshop
Partial felt foundation for a future beaded St. Mark’s Square painting. 13″ x 18″ (33cm x 46cm). 

Next I must cut out quite a few more pieces for the Campanile. It has only 2 layers so far. I think it will need even more layers than the Basilica… What do you think?😮

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