I was introduced to needle felting years ago in a Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn class. We needle felted little rocks. We used one needle and fleece. It was a lot of fun. Then needle felting machines came on the market expanding the possibilities. Clover introduced a wonderful needle felting tool years ago and fabric. I am using the Clover tool as well as the Baby Lock 12 needle felting machine. I really love working with different yarns, fleece colors, ribbons, soft yarns, and other wonderful fibers to create one of a kind creative projects.
This piece started with silk dyed with Jacquard's Dye-na-flow. After I heat set the fabric, I used a Clover needle felting tool with their larger brush and added more dyed silk, fleece, yarn, and ribbon. This technique can be used for clothing, scarves, wall hangings, or other creative projects.
I started with a piece of silk dyed with Jacquard's Dye-na-flow. I used my Baby Lock Embellisher to add polyester scarf pieces, painted cotton fabric, yarn cord, more dyed silk, and ribbon. It was very easy to do and a lot of fun.
This is my most involved needle felted piece. It is the largest that I have done. It was done in England at Rainbow Silks when I taught a class there. The base is felt from a hobby store. It includes some of my own fabric from Robert Kaufmann, baby wipes, ribbon, yarn, dyed silk, and fleece. After I finished the felting, I sewed a satin stitch around the whole piece using my Janome 6600. Robert Kaufmann liked the piece so well, they have it made into fabric for my new 2010 fabric line. The fabric turned out beautifully and comes in many colors.
Both of these pieces started with fabric from my fabric line from Robert Kaufmann. I used the Clover tool for the piece on the left and the Baby Lock Embellisher for the piece on the right. I also added hand sewing to both pieces. The piece on the left uses mostly layers of layers, creating a very rich surface. Both pieces incorporate additional pieces of my own fabric line. I added yarn, paint, and applicator tipped highlights to both pieces to finish them.
This piece also started with one of my own fabrics from Robert Kaufmann. I used the Clover tool to apply layers of Jacquard's Silk Extravorganza (silk organza printed with the inkjet printer). I layered color over color, creating new colors. You can see through the organza, so each layer created more visual excitement. After I had the layers in place, I used a simple running stitch with a needle and thread to make sure that all of the layers were intact. I loved doing this piece and it has inspired me to do more pieces in the future.
Both of these pieces were created at Rainbow Silks in England. I used the 12 needle Baby Lock Embellisher to create each piece. I started with a piece of felt and added dyed silk, create odd shapes in needle felting. I trimmed the felt when I was through, leaving about an 1/8" border around each design.