Textured and stitched, the addition of machine embroidery to felt adds another dimension!

It is just not going to be possible to blog comprehensively about all the new techniques learnt and information absorbed at Felt in Focus, firstly there is definitely not enough time and secondly a lot of it is in my head and will be transmitted into my work over the course of the coming months.  Instead I hope you will share with me as I post some images taken during the two amazing workshops I participated in, felt jewellery with Lisa Klakulak and printing on fabric (printing with pigments and binders and not with acid dyes as I had somehow imagined!) with Kirsten Lundberg.

20 layers of partial felt underneath a layer of silk chiffon adds to the raised surface

I’m going to start today by uploading two images of the first piece I completed at Lisa’s workshop, a richly coloured wall piece (that I originally intended to be a bracelet!) with areas of high relief, achieving textured surfaces is something that really interests me.

Seeing Lisa’s felt in reality was a wonderful experience, watching her demonstrate how adding free machine embroidery to various areas really opens up a whole new avenue for exploring different means of surface embellishment.  As someone who has always had a horror of working on a sewing machine free machining was a total new experience, wonderfully relaxing believe it or not expecially since I was working on a relatively ‘free’ style of stitching  playing around to see what sort of effects I might be able to achieve without totally stressing myself out about perfection!

Merino, fabrics, partial felts and stitching combine to create a unique new felt


18 thoughts on “Textured and stitched, the addition of machine embroidery to felt adds another dimension!

  1. Really lovely work Nicola. I share your aversion to sewing and I also “get the free style” liberating feeling. Good for you. It sounds as though everyone had a wonderful time together. Isn’t learning and sharing just wonderful joy? Again, very nice works.

  2. Aaaahhh… the freedom of free stitching. I’ve been wanting to try it on felt ever since I saw Rosiepink’s felt meadow!
    Great first attempts Nicola! For someone who is allergic to thread and needle this came out gorgeous!

  3. Good morning,

    I don’t see the shopping cart feature here to place my order, but would you have time to start my fall/winter wardrobe now that you’re so adept using the sewing machine? Who knew that you’d find sewing so relaxing! Love the surface decoration that you achieved using the free machine embroidery…. Really beautiful. So glad that you had such a wonderful time at Felt in Focus.


  4. Cannot believe this is your first attempt at free motion stitching. It is the beginning of so much more that you can create, it looked wonderful. A beautiful addition to what you do.

    Keep the pictures coming!!!


  5. Gorgeous work Nicola! LOVE the colours & textures you have created with stitching.
    I am absolutely BURSTING to free motion embroider on felt.. Ive been waiting over a month for a foot to arrive, meanwhile everybody seems to be getting creative with freemotion embroidery but me waaaa..

    Glad you had a good trip – it sounds wonderful! Look forwarf to seeing more pics

  6. Wow! Nicola! These pics are FanTAbulous! A new hyrid word for your new work! I can’t wait for my class with Lisa.
    Steph Jacobs

  7. I love Lisa and her work. I can only imagine the beautiful felted artworks you’ll create having taken a workshop from her! Your talent is amazing. As is Lisa’s. Be sure to post lots of photos please!!

  8. Lovely work, I have also really wanted to give this a go since seeing Rosiepink’s felt meadow. As always thanks for sharing your lovely works 🙂

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