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NEEDLE
FELTING
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.
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