Enchanted moss fae



Holly Barton


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Other Credits

I am the model in the picture. David Barton, Kaya Hanks, and myself are the photographers

Outline the story …

The idea for my design is a tree person that is completely dependent on nature. Maybe she was able to find some scraps of clothes or another tree folk gave it to her, but the fabric itself is scarce. She has to blend into the forest to remain unseen, but also it’s in love with nature. It inspires her and her people. I was also inspired by several of denarius Targaryen‘s outfits, as well as the Voynich manuscript( specifically the plants that seem to be both people and plants all at once).
I wanted an under dress that was very muted in color. The embroidery is this stand out of the under dress. The over dress I wanted to look like ethereal moss. Something that dissolves seamlessly into nature.

Outline the construction…

I knew I wanted to use all natural fabric and hand dyed everything. I also wanted to challenge myself not to buy any fabric. The wall I use was given to me I did have to process the sheep‘s wool first are used acorns in an iron solution to dye the under dress, and I Nuno felt it silk and wool with a resist technique. One of the challenges that came out of this was finding a resist that was large enough. I ended up using a piece of cardboard that I cut out then taped with packing tape. it is no longer usable, but it did work. This was also the first time I ever tried Nuno felting, I actually put extra stitches in and places that are have a tendency to get more wear. Another challenge that came about was in winter trying to find a natural green dye without buying. So I did end up buying fiber, reactive dye along with a about a yard very thin, silk along with embroidery thread. I was able to keep in more sustainable utilizing used bedsheets for the under dress. It was the one that was dyed with the acorns and iron. I also hand embordered the bottom of the underdress and the sleeves. It is completely hand sewn as well with hand, sew button holes down the front and on the sleeves, so that the sleeves may be detachable. The front button holes utilize a twill tape because it was a fragile fabric I also tried to make different kinds of trees all the way around, the skirt and sleeves of the dress, but keeping within the same color, palette of browns and blue with a hint of purple. The over dress consisted of the wool and silk Nuno felted together, hand, dyed with a green and brown dye. I then boned it in the front stomach area and back, and also from the shoulder to breast on the right and left sides. It also has some embroidery as well I particularly like how the flowers came out.




  1. Avatar Cassandra Sif Jensen Al-Towaiji on April 19, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    The textures of this is so delicious. I love how the felting fells like moss and how the embroidery further creates texture. I am also a big fan of the sleeves

  2. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on April 19, 2024 at 6:18 pm

    That dress is absolutely magical, and the moss textures so perfectly captured in the felt. Beautiful piece and great craftmanship.

  3. Avatar Heidi McCreary on April 20, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    The felting looks like real moss, it it is a stunning piece.

  4. Avatar Bethany on April 21, 2024 at 7:57 pm

    So beautiful. And the sleeves are to die for!

  5. Avatar Jenny B on April 23, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    This piece is so wonderful, it looks like it just sprung up in the forest! Gorgeous texture, and design!

  6. Avatar Sara Penn on May 10, 2024 at 6:26 am

    This is wonderfully whimsical. I love it!

  7. Avatar Lowana O'Shea on May 13, 2024 at 2:28 am

    I love the details of the embroidery. Well done on challenging yourself to try and use materials you already had available <3 Sustainable creations should always be celebrated 😀

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