Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pre-Felt Passion!!

 

 

 

 


I've used pre-felts before (a little)...

...you know, the partially felted wool sheets that can be used either as 'canvases' for needle-felting work...

...or cut into intricate designs...

...but still felt into the finished piece completely?

Somehow, though, until now, I didn't truly grasp the concept!

I think my previous attempts had resulted in pieces which were too thick or too well-felted.

They never really attached very well (always trying to fall off during the final felting process)...

...or they stuck out too far from the piece...

...never looking fully integrated.

For someone (like me) who doesn't enjoy the time and effort required to needle-felt shapes...

...pre-felts are the bomb, baby!! Grin.

I made some wool batts on my Cardatrice...

...and felted them just until they held together, but were still on the 'fluffy' side.

I used my rotary cutter to slice and dice them...

...then placed them in a geometric pattern on my yellow background batts (which were not pre-felted).

I soaped and rolled and felted as usual...

...and this piece was born.

I don't know exactly what to do with it yet.

I was thinking of using it for a book cover...

...but it could only be wrapped around a book...

...and held in place with a leather thong or something...

...because it's not big enough to sew flaps into. Sighhh.

Any ideas???

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3 comments:

Sandie Knapp said...

I definitely do have an idea. A blanket or afghan made up using several of those blocks and a variety of geometric designs. I actually saw a sample of one in the new Lion Brand catalog, so the instruction might even be on their web site. You know, all the patterns on Lion Brand are free, you just have to join as a member, but that is free too.

Anyway, think about it. :)

Good job!!

Vilt à la Kim said...

i love prefelts... I am just to lazy to make them myself. In the magazine I gave you, is a shirdak discribed you might can use prefelt for that as well!

Ideas for your felt: cushioncover,; sew another kind of fabric at the back, fill it up with (wool?) and close the bag.
knitting needles holder
pencil holder
You'll think of something too!!

Dot said...

Love what you have done with the pre-felts Heather. And look forward to seeing more of your felted pieces(I love your blog - it brings a smile to my face).
Dot x