First Quarter Challenge – Part Four

I am still working on another idea from the First Quarter Challenge, adding mixed media to felt. Here is Part One, Part Two and Part Three if you missed anything. I had decided that I wanted to try to keep the poured paint cotton a little smoother when incorporated into felt. So I thought I would make a little felt frame for it.

I used short fiber black Merino and made a small oval resist. Here I laid it out to kind of get an idea of what I wanted to do.

I then took it over by the sink and wet down the bottom layer of wool, added the resist and then added the top frame portion of wool.

When I wet it down it was all wrinkled and had pits in places. So I added more wool on top to fill in the parts that needed it.

Then I began gently rubbing it. I didn’t get any further felting/fulling photos because I got into felting and forgot.

Here’s what it looked like when dry. I then cut the paint poured cotton to size and inserted it into the frame.

The framed result on the left is much flatter than the result on the right when the cotton was felted inside and then cut open. Both are interesting but with very different look.

I also tried some free motion machine stitching on the left over piece of paint poured cotton fabric. It stitched very easily, much nicer than the paint poured felt. And it didn’t need a stabilizer as the paint provides stiffness.

So have you done anything for the First Quarter Challenge yet? We’d love to see your results, just come on over to the forum and share your photos.

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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8 Responses to First Quarter Challenge – Part Four

  1. Wow, ruth… Your frame makes the cotton really stand out. Thank you for sharing your process with us. You’ve made me want to have a go at felting again! I love your machine stitching too… Lovely curves!

  2. ruthlane says:

    Thanks, I liked the frame results better than my first try of inclusions.

  3. It does look good Ruth (but there’s also something about the wavy-ness of the first attempt that is attractive).
    The thread colour and the curves of the stitching make the piece really ‘sing’!

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Ache is very unique and turned out great. I like the pour paint idea with felt. What will you do with the finished pieces?

  5. zedster66 says:

    I like them all equally, but differently 🙂 I know you can see the pattern better on the framed one with less ripples, but they have such an organic look to them that the ripples don’t look wrong. I like the stitching you added to the last piece too 🙂

  6. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Zed, yes, they all have a different look so just depends on what you’re going for in your design. The stitching on painted cotton has lots of possibilities for sure 🙂

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