How some Fuzzy Felt became an Enchanted Pond

 

Prefelts! Have you heard of them? They are just wool roving that has been partially-felted into fabric-like sheets. Did you just ask “why would someone do that?”. Well, imagine forming a handful of fluff into a well-defined shape, like a leaf or flower, versus cutting it from a piece of fabric. Simplicity would prefer cutting from fabric.

So, if you wish to create a felted landscape or garden or portrait of your cat, you can cut the mountains, trees, flowers, ears, eyes and tails very precisely and felt them onto a background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are more than 85 solid, hand-dyed colors, and unlimited hand-painted color possibilities. They come individually or in various color assortments and sizes. Pretty flexible!!

I like to make backgrounds from them that I can then embroider.

The fat-quarters have beautiful, deckled edges on one or two sides, that are my favorite part. In the photo, above, I layered different colors to create a garden backdrop, with the deckles on top. I gently “basted” them together with a needle-felter and added a bit of background fuzz for shadows.

Then I felted them a bit more with soap, hot water and some gentle agitation, added some embroidery to the dried piece….

and created a little garden.

Below, are some of the deckled edges of hand-painted sheets.

I was inspired by these hand-painted sheets to do something different. Instead of layering the background,…..

I chose one narrow piece and tried to see a picture in it.

With some trepidation, I just began…..

It wasn’t until I started embroidering that a picture actually emerged.

Those large, pink flowers started looking like (rather demented) waterlilies, to me, which meant this lavender and gold fuzz had become a pond right before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to How some Fuzzy Felt became an Enchanted Pond

  1. sue dulle May 2, 2020 at 9:22 am #

    I have soooooo many projects in the works. Another soooooo many project ideas in my head. and yet, doesn’t this look like fun….
    Envy you your talent, stash and time…
    Love you and miss you and Cathy bunches!
    You and yours, Cathy and hers, stay very safe, we need you here for a very long time to come.

    • Gretchen May 2, 2020 at 9:30 am #

      Ah Sue, you made my day! I would love to see all the gorgeous things you’re working on. Aren’t we lucky to have these projects to keep us sane? Can’t wait for the day we can see you in person!!! Thanks for this note, love Gretchen 🤗😘❤️

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