Get out your colors and color that felt!
After posting yesterday, about thinking of rubbing felt with crayons, I got many emails wondering about how the felt would ‘take’ the crayon…the rubbing and scuffing and fluffing the nap…all that abuse. Well…as I was coloring the felt, I realized that I am not afraid of felt like other people seem to be. LOL You see, while in Louisiana, (New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, long story), I met Margrett and Lloyd and all their sheep of Running Moon Farm. I learned a lot about spinning and a lot about sheep. I also saw what that wool goes through ON a sheep. And from what I now know, felt is the result of the end all of all abuse that you could put wool through, so, a little more isn’t going to hurt it. 😉
(Again, all the ironed on designs are from Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart.) I drew my own own coffee cup.
I tried this:
Cat- white, eyes a teal
Monkeys- browns, beiges
Bird- blue, yellow
Coffee- just some tan
I heated the iron and got the paper sandwhich ready for the ironing.
I held my breath and pressed the hot iron down on the bookmarks.
I ironed until I could smell hot wax and saw the waxy mess on the paper.
The ironed, colored felt bookmarks are ready for stitches! The areas with crayon feel a little ‘stiff’ but they seem very durable. I did NOT iron the coffee cup because the blue pen is water soluble. Heat will set the blue pen. I will have to stitch over the blue pen, rinse out the pen, recolor with crayon, and then heat melt.
I chose some colors and some stitches for each bookmark.
Coffee: Back stitch (all), French Knot (center of swirls)
Bird: Stem Stitch (all outline), Satin Stitch (beak) , French Knot (eye, ends of feathers)
Cat: Stem Stitch (outline), Split Stitch (around eyes) , Granitos (eye), Satin Stitch (bow and nose), Straight Stitch (whiskers), The bow needs some ‘bling’ for the center there before adhering the grossgrain ribbon backing.
Monkeys: I did one in all Back Stitch, French Knot (eyes), Straight stitch (hair); the other Buttonhole Stitch(outer ears), Satin Stitch (inner ears and nose), Back Stitch (outline), Couching (outline of face), French Knot (eyes), Straight Stitch (hair), Stem stitch (mouth)
The “crayon on felt” went very well. I’d call it a success! The stitching went quickly. This is a very do-able project for any beginners. It’s easy to handle with minimum effort and clean up. (Unlike paint) It’s a great way to expand your creativity even if you are a ‘seasoned stitcher’. The “crayons for tint” add so many possibilities!
I’m off to get the Stitch Witch fusible sheets and the grossgrain ribbon ready to attach to the backs of these. Let’s hope that part turns out well!
Get your crayons! (Now that school is out, the new school supplies are out there and on sale!)
Your life needs fun! Go ahead, have some fun!
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 1-(Click Here)
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 2-(Click Here)
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 3-(Click Here)
Find Embroidered Felt Bookmarks Part 4-(Click Here)
Find Tutorial, Tinting fabric with crayon, Giggleface Studios (Click Here)
Find Tutorial, Mary Corbet’s Needle N Thread, Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches (Click Here)