As I drove to college in Skipton this weekend the sun was shining and I was struck by the colours in the landscape - the bright lime green of the new leaves on the trees against the blue sky and the bright yellows of the dandelions and laburnum. Our tutor Lesley's sample was very appropriate although her inspiration was daffodils in her garden. She had created a background of random cotton fabric shapes on dissolveable film and stitched across before dissolving the film in water. She had created flowers, also using dissolveable film, by free motion stitching. This lacey sample ticked several boxes on our syllabus and is beautiful too! Here's another of her samples made in a similar way with net over the top:
The embellisher has 5 barbed needles which felt wool and other materials together. It's about the size of a regular sewing machine but you don't use thread in it. We all had a go and produced some really lovely samples. I was really taken with it and could see myself embellishing clothing - both items I make for myself and shop bought things like jeans as well as making felt for applique. Hobkirks have the Husqvana ER10 which we were using on special offer this week with a £50 discount so guess who bought one? Yup, another gadget to add to my collection!
On Saturday we needle-felted flowers and tried nuno felting on the embellisher:
|My felted flowers|
|Rachel used the embellisher to felt colourful wool onto organza|
|I tried felting different yarns and wool onto silk organza|
On Sunday Lesley brought some other felt samples to show us made the more traditional way with soap and water and lots of friction. I think this piece is stunning:
She demonstrated how to make a felt vase by felting wool around a beer bottle:
So I had a fun if busy weekend and the queue of possible projects in my mental list has got even longer!