Saturday, 17 January 2015

First projects of the year..

Starting thinking about felt again this week after a long Christmas break.. during which I FINALLY managed to sort through my stash!  Going through my 'recycling bag', full off offcuts and scrap felt, I found that I had lots of circles and ovals left over from making slippers and cutting handles in totes.. and  over the next few days became strangely fixated on 'using them up' :)

SO, my first days back I should of been making new felt.. but actually spent a lot of time playing with old bits n pieces!

Amazing how many of these I had!  I decided to throw a lot of the prettily coloured
Icelandic pieces in the washing machine.
And got lots of colourful pebbles :)
My first thought had been to make the smaller ones into brooches.. with freemotion machine embroidery and beading on.  But they were way to thick and chunky to use my sewing machine on.  I decided to make ONE into a brooch..
First I needlefelted the features on - usually I'd anchor the edges with FMM embroidery,
but as I couldn't I just stabbed a LOT till it was well fixed)
Then beaded it (I did sneak some fixing stitches in here too just to be sure)
Nice purple back :)
I decided to sew all the other pebbles together to make a trivet / table protector.  It's about 23 1/2 inches long and took longer than expected to stitch carefully together!  

I love the pretty colours and soft pebbly shapes


Terriea Kwong said...

Very pretty pebbles and making brooches is great idea.

Els said...

Great way to use your leftovers ;-)

(instantly thought of a brooch myself)

FeltersJourney said...

:) thank you both xx

Lyn said...

That's the prettiest table protector and what a great way to use up the leftovers.

FeltersJourney said...

Thanks Lyn :)