I could add the title Professional Student to my resumé. Each time I have a guest on Sewing With Nancy, it’s like having a tutor. First my guest must instruct me, before the two of us can teach you. How lucky can a girl get!
When I was introduced to Isabella Hoffmann and her technique of needle felting, I must admit, I was hesitant. But I soon found out her unique method makes the process enjoyable.
If you watched the first episode of Machine Needle Felting, you know that with Baby Lock’s Embellisher (felting machine) or Clover’s felting tools you stitch without thread since the barbed needles meld the wool fabrics together.
During the second episode, Isabella taught me and will teach you how to enhance designs using fabric marking pens. No free-form drawing needed, only tracing! Machine Needle Felting—part two is this week’s featured video on www.nancyzieman.com.
Machine Needle Felting is like Painting by Number
Freezer paper is the secret. I’m sure the manufacturers of freezer paper never thought stitchers, quilters, and embellishers would be using their product. It’s become a staple in many sewing studios. Isabella is the artist—she drew the designs with the intent that we trace along the edges of the cut-out pieces. Here’s a tutorial of how it’s done. Of course, watch online for greater details.
- Photocopy the image from the Machine Needle Felting book onto freezer paper. Fuse the freezer paper image to the wrong side of the wool fabric and cut out.
- Machine needle felt the appliqué to the wrong side of the fabric.
- The migrated fibers transfer the design to the right side. The more you felt, the more intense the colors become.
- Now for the magic—cut out the shapes (kind of like paint by number). Press shapes to the design. Trace along the edges of the shapes as detailed by Isabella.
- Instead of stitching, use fabric marking pens to enhance the design.
- Adding small details also adds highlights.
You’ll find many other unique appliqué designs and patterns in Isabella’s book, Machine Needle Felting, including lovely cardinals, pansies, and floral baskets, just to name a few.
When you watch the show you’ll see more designs and projects. Cast a vote for your favorite! On Saturday, April 21st, we’ll post a random winner who will receive a copy of the Machine Needle Felting DVD.
Speaking of Sewing With Nancy, there’s still time to purchase tickets for the 30th Anniversary Live Taping on June 14!
Bye for now,