“Dandelion” • 6″ x 4″ • The flower center and leaves were cut from needle-felted stash fabrics. The flower center features French knots and is outlined with blanket stitching. Straight stitched starbursts surround the dandelion center (to create the illusion of the seed head), and the leaf edges are satin stitched.
In “Needle-felted Fabrics from Scratch,” on page 64 of the October/November 2010 issue of Quilting Arts, Kathy Kerstetter describes how to create a stash of needle-felted fabrics. Here are some of her tips on creating mini artworks from your new fabrics, as well as an additional example of her work.
Mini felted artwork
I often create mini hand-stitched artworks from my needle-felted stash pieces, using my new fabric to cut out design elements that I then stitch to a felted base.
To create the base, felt strips of fabric onto a 9″ x 12″ base. Felt these strips parallel to one another, running across the width of the felt. When you have finished felting, cut this piece into 4 sections, each of which will serve as the background for a mini artwork.
Cut out leaves, flower heads, or any other shapes you choose from your felted stash fabric. (You could also purchase wool felt if you don’t want to create your own.) Embellish these cut-out pieces with embroidery stitches, including French knots, blanket stitch, straight stitch, and whipstitch.
Arrange these pieces on your background felt, allowing some to hang over the edge, then stitch them in place using regular sewing thread. I often edge these finished pieces by blanket stitching with two strands of embroidery floss.