Monday, 24 August 2015

Hand Embroidery on Handmade Felt

In a recent post I said I was working on a few pieces in which I would be using handmade felt as a background for hand embroidery. I thought today I would show you one of the pieces I am currently working on! I usually only get chance to stitch in the evenings as I am busy sending out orders, creating custom orders and coming up with new and exciting products for my Artyfibres Shop. I guess this is my breathing time to sit down and do some relaxing stitching!

For the piece below I first created some handmade felt using the bubblewrap felting method I describe on my shop blog. I then hand painted the felt with acid dyes. Tree trunks were the inspiration for this piece as they have such lovely knarly textures and knots! I love the ones that are covered in moss and this inspired some of the stitches I used. This first piece is really a sampler as I wanted to see what kind of raised textures I could create. It's not finished yet as I want to add some more stitches but it's nearly there.

The stitches I have used are Buttonhole Stitch, Blanket Stitch, French knots, Detached Chain Stitch, Fly Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Seed Stitch, Eyelet Wheels, Buttonhole Wheels and Running Stitches. You can find all the tutorials to these stitches in my Stitch A-Z. I have mostly used tapestry wools, with some silk threads and my own handspun Bluefaced Leicester single ply yarn. I used the handspun yarn to create the free form crochet which are the wood knots.

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14 comments:

  1. this is gorgeous! i like the mix of colors and the veins of black...the stitching is lovely. i think i need to go back and revisit your bubblewrap felting method!

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    1. Thanks, yes definitely give the bubblewrap a go it's really easy and quick to do!

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    1. Thank you, I thought they were going to be too harsh at first but I think they turned out ok!

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  3. This is lovely Sarah. I love your blog, btw.

    Sandy

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    1. Cheers Sandy, I am really enjoying working on this piece!

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  4. Well that is just awesome yumminess to me!! Beautiful. I can hear it breathing....

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    1. Thanks, lol that's cool if it is giving that effect!

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  5. Love the creativity and colours. Very nicely done.

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  6. it is beautiful & would love to work a similar piece, but can you give me some suggestions on use after complete. I'm a rug weaver with some nerve damage in my right hand; working a similar piece would be therapeutic.

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    1. Hi Paula, sorry to not reply sooner comments keep going in the wrong folder! Thank you for your comment! To answer your question felt and hand embroidery pieces could be used for many things including a small bag or purse perhaps or maybe small square pieces could be worked and sewn together to make a patchwork then sewn into a cushion. There are lots of possibilities for these pieces. I hope this helps.

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Sarah