Today's needle tatting experiment is finished and I am pleased with the results! I see potential here for using found objects in somewhat larger, collage-style pieces.
Here I am years later playing around and stabbing fibres into felt once again and I find that I still like making these kind of abstract pieces of cloth best of all. Hard to see in the experiment above, but this time I used white and grey for the background. I knew that it would be mostly covered by the piece of lace and wanted it to be a contrast. I deliberately left some spots in the felt thinner so a little bit of light would come through. Once I had a firm enough piece of felt-in-progress, I attached the lace motif, which is crocheted out of a fingering weight wool yarn (found at a charity shop), by continuing to stab away--it felted onto the background.
I started with a rectangular piece with uneven edges, then felted it into more of a circle, but it wasn't working for me, so I felted in the indentations between the pointy parts of the motif. Then I liked it so I went on stabbing until it was done to the degree of firmness I wanted.
I poked around in our collection of found objects from the beaches around here and tried out a few of them, settling on the shell. Then I dumped out my container of found bits of hardware and took this nut to sew on the back as a hanger.