Beneath the Surface Challenge

I posted about creating a sample for the 3rd Quarter Challenge in July. I decided to add some free motion machine stitching. Once I got into the studio, I found a piece that I thought would work well in combination with my sample.

This was a sample that I created for my free motion machine stitching on felt online class.

I found a thread that I thought would work with the gold colors above and stitched around the circles.

I then added more stitching to the background in a “quilting” pattern. This was the same kind of stitching I used on the gold piece and I thought it would help coordinate the two.

Then I took a deep breath and cut the two pieces up. This was the plan for arranging the pieces and then stitching together with a zig zag stitch.

As you can see, the stitching made the felt a bit wonky and I didn’t take the time to baste the pieces together or add a stabilizer to the back. So wonky it is!

Here’s the back and it could be reversible. Now what to do with it? I kind of like the shape but I guess I could cut it into a long rectangle. Or perhaps it could be a book wrap? I’ll have to think about what other 3D things I might could create with it.

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 Beneath the Surface Challenge

  1. Antje says:

    Great and the option of two sides too.
    Knowing your penchant for leaves etc you could trim the edges to create a large spotted leaf.

  2. The leaf idea is good! The texture is fabulous (your machine stitching is lovely) and it would make a pretty book wrap or perhaps coin purse.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn! It does actually wrap around enough to cover a vase. I might see if I have a vase that works for the size. But it definitely would make a book wrap or several coin purses.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Ooh, a vase wrap sounds particularly good to me, Ruth. Lovely imaginative piece

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    I like wonky, it’s cool and would make an interesting and unique cover for either a book or vase. I’m not sure how big it is but perhaps even a small handbag.

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