I have made the felt in a non traditional way (not with felting needles), I used a variegated thread and sewn in free motion over the natural alpaca fibers. It is used as an applique embellishment
on a silk blouse.
What you'll need:
- Lightweight, loose weave fabric: cotton muslin or silk
- Natural wool fibers in different colors. I used alpaca fibers for the blouse (purple, yellow, green, blue)
- Sewing machine
- Drawing - colored crayons, paper
- Variegated embroidery thread
- Iron on tear away stabilizer
Step 1: Create Sketch
Step 2: Iron on Stabilizer
Step 3: Trace Drawing Onto Fabric
Step 4: Free Hand Embroidery
You will need a free motion foot or darning foot attached to the machine. Drop the feed dogs. This will allow you to move the fabric in any direction you want, just keep it at a steady pace, to make equal stitches in length.
Use the variegated thread to free hand embroider. Do the contour first and then fill out the center parts, moving the fabric with your hands back and forward so that you go at least twice over every stitch and allow the thread to accumulate. Directions in which to move your fabric depend on the drawing, try to imagine the lines. You can incorporate bead, sew over yarns and ribbons, use your imagination. I wanted to keep it kind of simple.
When the embellishment is finished, continue sewing the garment.
Step 5: Final Wash
Clean your machine! A lot of lint goes into the lower bobbin case, so use a brush and a vacuum or one of those pressure air sprays.