I took Ruth’s Free Motion Stitching on Felt class in March. While I have done some free motion before, it was good for me to stay on task to practice and learn some more about it. We covered the basics of the machine, moving the fabric, supplies and set up.
At first we practiced a lot of lines, loops and circles to get used to moving the fabric and felt around under the needle. I definitely needed a lot of practice.
The first piece of felt I practiced on to create dimension was a sample I had done a while back using some scraps of silk paper. If you look closely you can see circles. However, the felt was just a bit too thick to create too much dimension.
Here is the sample of machine lace I did. I used a flower pattern which turned out to be too open. It looked better before I felted it. It’s laying on a piece of paper, but if I were to hold it up to the light it would look like a window.
I did more of the thread sketching and started to feel more comfortable and confident.
Here is some coral in the water.
My Bird of Paradise. Here I filled in the back of the leaf where it turned over, but I didn’t like it so I tore out the filling which isn’t fun in felt.
Cathy (Luvswool) had given me some of her felt scraps and I really liked this red piece. (Thanks!) I debated what I could put on it to make use of the red. Then I decided on a bare tree and some stones and birds. I call it Red Dawn.
I used metallic thread on the stones because I felt if they were dewy they would probably reflect differently in the red dawn.
I haven’t finished my final project, but will share that when I do. It was a great class and it helped me gain confidence and skill. I still need more practice but feel I made progress.