Sunday, March 23, 2008

Felting - A Fun Adventure whether you sew, knit, or scrapbook!

Fun "Wristlet" Bag to make in an afternoon!

I use to believe that if the object was not moving that you needed to embroider it. It made my poodles very nervous as well as it kept them moving.

But my latest embroidery projects are different. I love to take roving, which is wool that may be dyed but not spun into yarn (available at sewing and knitting shops), and with the help of a felting machine, I create my own fabric to embroider. In this case, I used the babylock Embellisher machine, with roving and created plaid fabric. I embroidered it with one of the designs in my decor1 Kaleidescope collection and added some fun crystals. The wristlet strap, which is attached to the zipper closure, is made out of alpaca yarn that I knitted with double pointed knitting needles rather quickly. I then threw the "knitted strap" in hot water with a little soap, added some agitation and gave it a quick spin in the dryer to felt it as well.

This project class is being featured at Atlanta Sewing Center, in Marietta on April 12th at 10:30 in their "I Love to Sew" Club. The class is open to the public but you must call in advance and reserve a spot. I love felting because it is relaxing. There is no threading involved. Felting machines have little barbed needles that tangle the fibers in such a neat manner forming fabric. You can also manually felt projects by using a hand held tool but that takes much longer and for me it is a bit tedious. Felting machines are great for embellishing home decor, clothing... the possibilities are endless. Making your own fabric is just one project idea. I have other past projects in this blog if you are sitting home with your felting machine crying out to you. Check them out.

In three days, I will be teaching at the American Embroidery Conference and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the event. Happy Felting! Cookie!


Anonymous said...

Signed up for the 12th at 10:30 at the Marietta ASC store, they sell the roving there.

T.E. said...

Ooh, that's really cute. I don't think i noticed this blog entry before.

Cookie Gaynor said...

Kristen, I can't believe that u miss anything. And thank you.