Free Motion Stitch Class

I started working on my next online class, Free Motion Stitching on Felt. I looked through what I had for samples and started making a few more.


This is a sample that I had stenciled first with thickened dye and then free motion stitched.

Distortion of Circles

You can see that I didn’t use a stabilizer on this to show how stitching can really distort felt. If you’re interested in taking the class, just let me know and I’ll add you to the email list to notify when the class is ready to go.

Playing with Thickened Dye on Felt

I am really close to getting my online class finished. I got all the video and photos done for the 4th week. Now I just have to do all the editing and putting bits and pieces together. Amazing how long that takes.

Gelatine Plate Print on Felt

I did some printing on the gelatine plate with thickened dyes on felt. This one was done with one of the new commercial stencils that I got recently.

Print on Plastic

Not sure if you can see this very well but I put the stencil down on the plastic and it gave a wonderful print. Wish I had put some paper under there.

Printed Roses on Felt

And who can guess how this felt was printed? The green and red were printed with different objects, can you tell what they were? Have a great weekend!!

Stamping on Felt and Another Stencil

I’m working on week 3 of my online class which is about stamping on felt. It’s all about how to make your own stamps from a variety of material and then stamping with thickened dye.

This was stamped with a commercial stamp and then over dyed. I am using felt made from prefelt because it’s smoother and easier than making a bunch of hand laid out felt.

This is a sample with a bunch of different stamps on it. Again, this was stamped on white felt and then over dyed.

Poppy Stencil

And this is a stencil that I made last week. I hadn’t tested it out so I stenciled this one with a stamp pad on paper. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you might recognize these poppies. They are from a sketch I did a while ago. Next up is the “playing” portion of the course and then it will be nearly complete. I think it will run in mid September but I’ll announce it over on the Felting and Fiber Studio once I know the exact date.

Water Lily Stencils

I made another stencil today. This one is of a water lily. I got the design from a photo I took at the Botanical Gardens in NYC. I turned the photo into a black and white rendition and played around a bit with it in Photoshop. Then I used it to design this stencil.

Water Lilly Stencils

I made the stencil in two parts so it would be easier to use two different colors. I had some previously screen printed paper from a session of deconstructed screen printing. So I used that for the background.

Water Lily Stencil in My Sketch Book

And here’s my rendition of a water lily. I liked how it came out on the background as the blue tended to affect the white paint and give it more depth. So I cut it to fit into my sketch book and added it to a page that was already colored in my sketch book. It’s like I planned it 🙂

Another Stencil

I’m still working on my next online class and one of the aspects of that class is making stencils. I decided to do a more complex stencil and cut it out with a heat tool. So I used my sketch of a pine cone and developed the stencil from that sketch.

sketchbook pine cone cropped

Here’s the original sketch. I was originally going to try to cut all the pine cone shapes but I decided it would be better with just the outside lines. It would look more like a sketch.

Pine Cone Stencil

The stencil is to the left and then two sketchbook pages that I printed are on the right. I didn’t take a lot of time printing these thus getting ink and paint under the stencil since I was in a hurry. But I think that the pine cone still looks like a pine cone and the “blobby” bits just add more dimension to the stencil. Haven’t tried printing on felt yet with this one, that’s the next step. Have a great weekend.