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?

 

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.

Holiday Cards for Elizabeth

Each year on the Felting and Fiber Studio Forum we have a holiday card exchange. This year, Elizabeth and I are partners to swap cards. I made several cards and decided to send her two since I couldn’t decide which was the best one. I used the felt that I made for the 4th quarter challenge and a piece of felt that was screen printed and then over dyed. The over dyeing was a bit dark so you can barely see any screen printing at this point. But it makes a nice background. I then appliqued the cut pieces of machine thread felt down to the background.

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I added a star and a trunk and some beads for ornaments.

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And then I made a really wonky tree with a Angelina star and bead garland. I forgot to take photos before I sent these away but luckily Elizabeth took photos for me. I stitched the background felt to a paper note card on the machine. The felt does tend to stretch a bit so I should have added stabilizer to keep it from stretching but I guess a bit more wonkiness never hurt anyone! Have a good weekend.

 

Nuno Felting

My local group met for the last time before our summer break. We did nuno felting. Sally and Louise made scarves, Paula finished up a piece she was already working on and I made some samples.

This is Sally making her scarf. She used a cotton cheesecloth/scrim type material and merino mixed with silk. She had never nuno felted before but did a great job.

These are some pieces that Paula had made previously. I didn’t get a photo of the piece she finished today. Hopefully, she will frame it and I can get a photo of it framed.

And here is Louise’s project. She used butterfly silk, cotton threads and a mix of poodle hair and merino. It took a bit of extra effort to get the poodle hair to felt but it worked in the end. It did smell a bit like a wet dog though.

Here are a few samples that I made. The pink one has a layer of viscose fiber in the middle. I think that I added too much wool because I thought it would be a bit more light weight than it is. The second one is a weaving of two silk fabrics that I then nuno felted. The red and green fabric is from the pillows I recently made. It is silk charmeuse and very heavy. I didn’t think it would felt but Zed suggested I try weaving it in with a lighter weight silk that would hold the heavier fabric down. And it worked. The colors aren’t too exciting together but I was just testing out how the silk would hold down. I also tried sandwiching the heavy silk fabric between layers of wool to see if I could still see an outline of the silk in the middle. That one didn’t work. It just looks like felt. You can feel the silk as the felt kind of slides around on it but otherwise very unremarkable. But we all had fun so that’s the most important part.