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Printing and Stenciling on Felt Part 2

Printing and Stenciling on Felt Part 2

The first thing I did this week was felt the three feathers onto a another larger piece of prefelt. I didn’t loose a lot of color, but some of the definition was lost especially on the yellow.  I will probably embellish this at a later time.

I also made four large merino felt pieces to use stamps and found objects on.  I made several stamps and cut out a couple of stencils from Mylar.  Here are some of the found objects.

I don’t know what the orange thing is, but I bought it Kohls on clearance a while back.  There’s a scraper, bottle top, leaf stamp, tupperware lid, a piece of what I think was a vegetable tray liner, a felt ornament I glued onto a ceramic tile and a reverse stamp I had made out of clay a long time ago.  I won’t show the other stamps since its proprietary to Ruth’s class material.

I started with lighter colors like yellow and continued to try new stamps and objects with different colors and thicknesses.  I really had difficulty getting good prints. Its probably the operator and not the materials or classwork.

I had made one stamp with shapes another with leaves.  I basically painted the dyes on to get a decent print with some texture.  you can see them in teal and blue.

I used a commercial bird stencil with black and green dyes on the purple prefelt I had made.

It was unknown fiber and would stick to the stencil brush or foam brush.  You can see the fiber standing up in the second pic.

Then I had made a mylar stencil of a cat and stenciled that on a piece I had done last week.  I will felt that  and the birds later.

We were also encouraged to try printing on paper.  I have a bunch of handmade paper from my papermaking days, so I tried the felt snowflake again and got a good print, then went around the edges using up the dye and giving it a bit of texture for a background.

I set all the pieces except for the large piece and the paper. I also included the flower piece from last week.  Surprisingly it bled and I couldn’t wash it out.

I was very disappointed in this since it looked so nice before setting the dye.  I’m not sure what to do to fix it.

Around the Web

Around the Web

I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t had time to create much. So I thought you might enjoy a few things from around the web. Some of these have been created by or pointed out by forum members, so thanks to those of you who pointed me in the right direction!

fibres around the web

Jane Mercer posted about her recent visit to Woolfest 2016.

Fiber arts video from Peru. (in Spanish)

Felting around the web banner

Russian video about laying wool in specific directions. In Russian but drawings are very helpful.

Karen Lane’s new version of Yellow Poppies.

Shibori felting video with Rae Woolnough.

Teri Berry’s new ram hat and illuminated lion fish.

Nada’s nuno felted blouse.

Lyn and Annie’s (RosiePink) recent pineapple challenge and Lyn’s bird.

Pam de Groot’s Text and Texture exhibition pieces.

Vote for Kim Winter’s proposal to turn the bathroom into a grotto covered in felt shells. (She needs 5 stars!)

dyeing around the web

Cathy’s eco-printing in a pomegranate dye pot.

Terriea Kwong’s recent natural printing.

stitching around the web

Catherine Frere-Smith’s embroidered fabric birds.

mixed media around the web

Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Products has been doing live streaming videos of a variety of stencil techniques on Facebook. Just scroll down to check out the different videos.



Samples from the Nuno Paper Lamination Class

Samples from the Nuno Paper Lamination Class

I just finished Ruth Lane’s online class.  Since I am also papermaker, I was excited to combine the two passions and see the results.

It was a fun experiment using a variety of papers, dyes, paints and fabrics.  Some worked, some didn’t, but that’s how we learn.

This first one is a paper napkin from one of my Grandson’s birthday party earlier this year on organza.  Since I was experimenting, I used some batts with unknown fibers in two colors, blue and green.


I decided not to further embellish it since the “characters” were nicely defined.  I suppose I could add some greenery and clouds.  But I wanted to show the results this far.

The next one is also “finished.”  I used a tree stencil on organza with unryu paper which is very fibery.  Again it is on a batt of unknown fiber.


I embellished around the stencil with silver silk hankies.  It felted very nicely.


Since these were experiments, I wasn’t concerned about perfect edges and left them organic.

Here’s a closeup of the center.  You can see how those fiber areas look like branches and connect the trees.


I got great texture as you can see from this side view.


The one project I completed was a stenciled bird pic.


I used a couple of paper and fabric types with this stencil, but chose this one to finish even though the colors faded.  It was a dyed paper towel on cotton voile.  You can’t see it in the pics, but the bumps from the towel can be seen in spots. I used it on a merino batt.


I forgot to cover the edges of the voile, so I used machine stitching to cover the edges.

I decided to hand stitch the rest. There is a lot of dimension in the paper, although it’s not too obvious in these pics.


I wanted to keep it simple.  I used double rayon thread with threaded backstitches and some satin stitches to embellish it. The green is a variegated thread. I purposely just outlined because I wanted the birds to be the center of attention. Forgive my poor stitching. Here are some closeups.

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Now I have to decide whether to frame it or leave it organic.

Thanks Ruth!  It was a unique class. I need more practice. I’m still working on the final projects.

Fabric Paper Lamination

Fabric Paper Lamination

I met with my local surface design group yesterday and we learned the fabric paper lamination technique. We followed the directions from Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination: A Mixed Media Approach with Cloth by Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan. We just did the most basic technique of laminating paper to a sheer fabric. In the book, the authors use the resulting pieces of fabric and layer them together with stitch and other mixed media approaches. I thought that I might take the small samples I made and see if they would work with nuno felting since it is all done on a sheer fabric. But I haven’t tried that yet. I’ll let you know how it goes.

fabric paper laminationLouise had made some samples to show us. This photo shows two of her samples.

fabric paper laminationThis is one of her samples that she then painted.

gold leafingThis is a “gold” leaf sample on black organza. Don’t you think this would look cool on felt? I’m not sure how well the gold leaf would hold up to wear though.

base layer of paperSo the first step is to place a piece of paper down on your work surface. This is one of Louise’s dyed papers. You can use any thin paper that you would like, similar weight to newsprint works best.

cover with nylon sheer or organza


Then you cover the paper with a layer of sheer fabric. This is polyester organza.

fossils screened on with gel mediumI don’t have any photos of the process, but I then covered the organza with a silk screen that I already had. You could also use a stencil instead of a silk screen. Then you squeegee gel medium through the screen or stencil. The gel medium then sticks the paper and the organza together. Let that dry completely.

Carole's TreeHere’s Carole’s piece where she silk screened a tree on to a napkin.

newspaper photo with organza and matte mediumThis is one I did with a photo on newsprint.

Bunny's Asian ScreenHere’s one of Bunny’s with an Asian symbol screen printed on it.

Screening on NewspaperYou can’t hardly see the organza on this one but I did an ink blot on the newspaper.

Ginkgo Leaf Screened on LeafingThis is a ginkgo leaf with the gold leafing.

Bunny's SquaresThis is another one of Bunny’s. After the gel medium has dried, you iron the piece (not the gold leaf ones) for “10 minutes”. I only ironed mine for about 1-2 minutes as I couldn’t manage a full 10 minutes of ironing. Somehow that seemed excessive 🙂

removing paperThen you soak the piece in water for 10 minutes and scrape off the paper that hasn’t adhered to the gel medium.

Finished Fossils - Organza Side UpHere is my fossil piece. This is with the organza side up.

Finished Fossils - Paper Side UpThis is with the paper side up.

Organza with NewspaperThis is the ink blot and newspaper one.

Bear Photo FinishedAnd here’s the bear photo. They have already been soaked in water so they are impervious to any damage from more water. They are on organza so I can’t see why they wouldn’t nuno felt. What do you think? This could be a cool way to add photos and stencils to felt so that’s the next step, add wool and see how that works.

















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