Saturday, June 7, 2008

2008 Weekly Mixed Media Project

Here is my 23rd Weekly Mixed Media piece this year. The front is above, and the back side is below. I always post the back sides of felt on my blog, because they are so different, and can sometimes be very interesting.

To create this piece, cut one 10" square piece of green wool felt fabric, and one 10" square piece of purple pre-felted wool fleece. Cut the purple piece of fleece in half.

Place one piece of the purple pre-felted fleece on the table. On top of that, place the green wool felt fabric, so that the purple fleece is on the right side underneath. Position two pieces of antique black lace, so it is similar to this photo.

Position the second piece of purple pre-felted fleece, on the left top of the green wool/black lace.

Needle punch the top purple fleece down, through the black laces and the green wool. Go over and over it, so that some of the black lace starts to appear through the purple fleece. Turn everything over, and needle punch the purple fleece top down, do it starts to show up on the green wool/black lace side. After it is lightly felted, turn it over, and needle punch all sides over and over and over, so that the piece is nicely felted.

Add three pieces of a nicely matching purple yarn across the both purple and green felt/black lace. Position one piece near the top of the piece, and two near the bottom. Needle punch them in place from the top down.

This is what similar to what the back will look like after you are finished needle felting everything in place.

Using a template, with a 6" square hole, position the design to your liking, and trace the 6" square. Cut to size, and using purple and then black thread, stitch straight lines from one side to the other, over any sections that could use some highlighting.

You can see my 2008 weekly mixed media work (so far) on my website, and read about my process/progress here on my blog.