Felt Applique Completed

I finished couching down the yarn on to the felt applique piece I have been working on.

Here’s the completed piece wrapped around matte board. I didn’t lace it on yet, just taped it on the back so I could see how I liked it. I think it would look better with a border but I will have to find the right piece of fabric for it.

Here area couple of close ups of the couched down yarn. I haven’t come up with any name for this piece yet. Any suggestions?

 

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Making Slow Progress

I have still been stitching away on the felt applique hand stitch project.

Here is where I was last week.

Now I have appliqued down all the felt pieces and all I have left is to couch down the dark maroon yarn. I am going to use a thin thread in the same color to do this as I don’t think I need to add much more “detail” in the thicker, brighter color threads. I don’t want it to feel too chaotic.

Here’s a close up. I used a variety of stitches to applique down the smaller felt centers of flowers. Once I finish the couching, I will need to decide how I am going to finish this. The felt background is pretty soft so I think I need to stretch it around a board or canvas. I do think a nice border might be nice but I’m not sure how I would stitch that on without it ending up really irregular and wavy.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend.

Hand Stitching

 

I showed you a UFO that I am working on here. These are the before and after photos of adding the felt pieces. I decided to move forward and applique the felt pieces down with hand stitching. I continued to use a variety of stitches as I had in the background.

I used the same colors of hand dyed thread. It is perle cotton, I think 5 weight.

And here it is a little further along. I still have a quite a bit more to go. The leaves are stitched down with a single line of back stitch down the center so the edges are loose. I haven’t decided how I am couching down the yarns and smaller flower centers. I could use the same colored thin thread as the yarn or I could still use the perle cotton in the thicker thread. What do you think?

The Ties That Bind Exhibition

Yesterday afternoon, Deb, Dennis and I went to the exhibition opening of The Ties That Bind at The Bigfork Art and Cultural Center. The exhibition is open until September 28th so if you are in the area, go check it out! My local art group members all had entries into the show.

These are Deb’s entries. She uses mixed media and hand stitching to create her work.

Here are Louise’s pieces. She uses a variety of methods such as rust dyeing, eco printing and other dyeing processes.

This is a photo of Paula’s work. She used a variety of ink and paint on paper and fabric.

Here’s my work. These are wool paintings with hand and machine stitching.

And last, but not least, these are Sally’s. Sally is an art quilter, the one on the top left includes rose petals behind sheer fabric.

I didn’t take photos of the entire show but there is some other cool work. Our group is having another exhibition next month at The Purple Pomegranate in conjunction with Whitefish Gallery Nights.

 

Decisions, decisions

I have had this piece floating around the studio for a while. I need to get the studio cleaned out so I need to do something with this piece.

It is a piece of silk screened felt which I added some stitching around the circles. It didn’t feel finished and it’s just been languishing.

My first thought was to add some stitched spirals to the background. I used a drawing tool in Photoshop to give the basic idea of the spirals. The threads would be similar colors to the ones I have already used. I even started this but I didn’t have a good way to transfer the spiral design on to the felt. So I stopped on this idea.

Then I saw something on Facebook that made me think I should try adding more felt circles and leaves and applique these pieces down. So I tried this layout. It certainly is more lively and does feel more finished with this design. I would use fairly large thread to match the thread I have already used to applique the pieces down. What do you think? Too much?