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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Because I Felt Like It...

I have been holed up in my studio all day playing with my new machine... a Baby Lock needle felting Embellisher.  What a trip!  This silk and wool scarf is my first project.  There is not one stitch of sewing in the entire piece, and it is lined with silk velvet.  Scrumptious.

My husband was intrigued.

Him:  So what is that machine?
Me:  My new Embellisher.
Him:  Why do you need a new sewing machine?
Me:  I don't.  This isn't a sewing machine.  It is an Embellisher.
Him:  It looks like a sewing machine.  See?  You are sewing on it...
Me:  (Rolling my eyes) But it is not a sewing machine.  I need (want) it.  It does things my machine can't do.
Him:  Like what?
Me:  Like if I told you, you'd be so bored you would probably fall asleep right here.  Let's just call it an early birthday gift and you don't have to worry your pretty head about it.
Him:  Great!  I'll call the jeweler and tell them to sell the tiara I had on hold...
Little does he know, I could probably fashion a tiara with it...

*6" strips of light green wool are felted end to end, making a 55" scarf
*Retro design is cut from laundered wool and felted to the green wool
*Silk velvet ovals are applied with the felter to the purple wool
A few more photos of the process...
*Even the back is pretty!
*Rayon yarn is felted around the retro design
*The entire piece is cut out 1/2" beyond the yarn border and felted onto silk velvet

This piece took about 2 hours to make, has no sewing involved (I did have to piece the velvet because that wasn't long enough, but that is it) and looks stunning on, either front or back showing.

I am HOOKED!

9 comments:

Karen said...

You know, I've been wanting a Baby Lock needle felting Embellisher too!

Not. But you do SUCH AN AWESOME JOB with it, I'll leave the sewing (embellishing!) to you :-)

Love the multi colored threads, very cool!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

That is stunningly FUN and BEAUTIFUL! LOve it! Nice design, too!

Vicki W said...

Wow, that looks great!

The Pink Ganeshji said...

Welcome to the world of felting! There is no end to what you can do......and from the looks of it, you do it very well. Beautiful scarf! Now you know how I've always *felt*........ouch:(

Ruth Anne Olson said...

I love it. I nearly bought one of those a couple of years ago. Seeing what you made, I almost wish I had.

Diane D. said...

Wow! I am green with envy. I can't believe you just sat down and made this beautiful piece in no time - bravo!

What's next - maybe a bird?

Mrs Moen said...

It's gorgeous, Vivika!! That conversation could have been going on at my house too.-)

Linda Zimmerman said...

Wow, I go away for five days and another machine is bought and product made....a very pretty product!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Very pretty!!
I think you'll find you have a kindred spirit in Her Majesty Margot's blog... http://hermajestymargo.blogspot.com/2010/09/felting-in-circles.html

Best--Heather
http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/

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