Third Quarter Challenge Part Two

Third Quarter Challenge Part Two

I showed you my design development process on my last post for the 3rd Quarter Challenge. Now on to the felting portion.

Here is the design that I have traced on to a heavy interfacing. I was really thinking I would use a lighter interfacing but this is the first I found so I used it. The resist is to prevent wool migration in the area of the design using a darker color on the bottom and lighter color on the top of the resist.

I cut out the design with a sharp craft knife.

Here’s the design completely cut out. I really like how it looks and I’m excited to see how it will work when felted in between two layers of wool. I had originally planned on using black and grey wool but changed my mind as I didn’t have the black wool right at hand. I decided to use a mixed blue batt and yellow.

I laid out a couple of layers of blue but looking at this photo now, I realize that the blue was just not dark enough and not a big enough contrast to the yellow.

I added my resist on top of the blue.

Then I covered it with yellow.

Here it is ready to be wet down.

I worked the felt mainly from the back because I felt like I was shifting the blue fibers as they migrated through the yellow when I rubbed on the front. It felt like I was making a fiber pizza crust.

The result when it was wet.

And dry. A bit underwhelming to say the least and I was disappointed. I think a coarser wool on the bottom layer would have helped and a stronger contrast of colors might have made a difference. But all is not lost. I am planning on hand stitching around the design to bring it back to life. So more next week!




24 thoughts on “Third Quarter Challenge Part Two

    1. Thanks Jifke, I could have tried that for sure but I am already stitching it so I will go in that direction for now.

  1. That’s the fascination of felting – you can never be sure how things will turn out! However, your design is visible and I reckon stitching will be the answer. Your cutting out of the interfacing is impressive!

    1. Thanks Lyn! The cutting out takes a steady hand but it’s fairly simple. We’ll see if the stitching improves it. And yes, you never really know how the felt will turn out.

  2. Very interested in seeing Part 3 of this project! I’m really sorry the interfacing didn’t pop out as expected, the design was really beautiful.

    1. Thanks Leonor, I’m sure if I had followed my first idea, it might have been better. That’s what I get for being lazy 🙂

  3. You did a great job cutting it out. I always mass them up. I wonder if some beating on the yellow side would help. Use a pool noodle to whack it. When you throw a piece the wool seems to migrate more so whacking it may help.

    1. Thanks Ann! I did do some beating on the yellow side and some whacking. Didn’t seem to change much though.

  4. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s a good thing you used the heavier interfacing. Stitching will bring it to life for sure. Your cutting out of the design is impressive. I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

    1. Thanks Marilyn! It is good that I used the heavier interfacing. I don’t think the lighter stuff would have worked at all.

  5. Why not cut the interfacing resist out to expose the colour underneath then enhance with stitch

  6. Very interesting to see how you developed this project. Can’t wait to see after the stitching!

  7. Very interesting! Couple of thoughts:
    * How did the shrinkage of the felt affect the interfacing? Did it buckle up?
    * Could you recut around the template, leaving a border where the edges have felted together, so you would have just a felt-covered template that is different colours on each side? Lots of edges to work! This template may be too complex or the gaps too small but it might work with a simpler design.

    1. Thanks Kim, the interfacing did buckle up some. I’m sure there is some way that I could cut that would make the pattern show more. There are lots of edges for sure and yes, probably too complex but it was better than my first choice 😉

  8. It still looks interesting even if it didn’t turn out as you hoped. I’d have thought it’d work just fine too. It’s a great idea though and could work loads of different ways, like Jifke said about cutting it out, or just as an inclusion like for a lamshade, or similar to your celtic hat project, or even with silk on top instead of wool. I like your stitching so I’m looking forward to seeing it with that 🙂

    1. Thanks Zed, it actually looks worse than it did now. I really don’t like it. I will post more about it this week but it is headed for the recycle bin.

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