Surface Design Techniques on Felt

I have been experimenting with a variety of surface design techniques on felt for a long while. I have developed a series of online classes about these techniques. There is a screen printing on felt class running now and I am currently finishing up the last in the series Free Motion Stitching on Felt. This course will give specific free motion stitching techniques that I have developed that can be combined with felting either during the felting process or after the piece is felted. I am planning on offering the course in the spring. I will make an announcement here when the class is posted and open for registration.

Free Motion Machine Stitched Poppy on Felt

In preparation for the class, I have been making samples for the PDF and videos for the course. This is a poppy that I stitched on to a piece of felt that was already screen printed with a deconstructed screen printing technique. I liked the poppy but it just seemed to fade away into the background and I really didn’t want to add in color with thread. So I decided to paint the poppy color in.

Painting on felt isn’t the easiest thing and it’s hard to get fine details because the surface of the felt doesn’t really take paint very well. I used Dye-na-Flo paint to paint in all the color on the petals and stem. Then I added highlights and shadows with liquid acrylic paint.

Painted and Free Motion Stitched Poppy on Felt

You can definitely see the poppy now. It is also a little hard to get a good photo with reds and oranges and this is a little redder than the original. But you get the idea. If you are interested in taking any of my surface design classes, just fill out the contact us form with your information and  which class is of interest. I will put you on the email list to contact when the class registration opens.

Fish 1

Also, there are two spots left in Galina Titova’s Felting Fantasy Fish class that begins January 12, 2017. You can register here. It’s a really fun class and very popular, so don’t miss out!


About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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16 Responses to Surface Design Techniques on Felt

  1. koffipot says:

    I love the poppy Ruth It has a 3D look and certainly ‘pops’, off the page. 🙂

  2. The poppy is really great!! It is my favorite flower just as the sunflowers !!

  3. Lyn says:

    What a great result with the poppy! It’s beautiful.

  4. Mary Stori says:

    Oh Ruth, the poppy piece is absolutely stunning…..such a good idea to ‘paint’ the imagine for better impact!!!

  5. zedster66 says:

    Wow, the poppy is gorgeous, Ruth 🙂

  6. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    The poppy turned out great! It has great depth and color. I’ve never painted in felt. I’ll,have to give it a try.

  7. Flextiles says:

    Incredible – looks like a photo!

  8. Karen Lane says:

    This is terrific. You’ve achieved such a lot of depth with your painting it really does look 3D.

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