I am so excited to share today's project with you. I have had this idea for a couple of weeks now but had to gather the right supplies before I could actually sit down and make one to share.
The rage in the crafting world - at least with Stampin' Up! is creating fabric projects using the Big Shot. For those of you who know me and have seen my work (or attended a craft fair I was at) know that I have been using fabric with my Big Shot for many months now. I have put a totally different spin on creating with fabric with this really neat sunflower pincushion.
This pincushion is different because I used needle felting to attach my flower and leaf on to the fabric. For those of you who are not familiar with needle felting, you use a barred needle to push the fibers of the felt into the fabric of the pincushion so there is no sewing needed to attach the layers of this project.
Here is a side view that shows the fabrics all attached together.
RECENTLY ADDED: A little more about needle felting...it is when you use a barred needle and poke two pieces of wool together. I used a wool background and then wool felt for my flower and my leaf. I started by laying the leaf on the background and then poking it with the special needle felting needle. It makes the fibers of the wool felt grab on to the fibers of the wool background creating its own woven bond. There is no need to add glue, the fibers intertwine like fingers holding on to each other. The flower almost becomes a part of the fabric underneath and doesn't look like a separate piece laying on top of the fabric as a typical applique would appear. This is a popular craft among people who work with dyed wool from sheep (roving) or felted wool. Hope this helps you understand the process a little better.
Stay tuned for another sample tomorrow! Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of today's project. Have any of you tried needle felting before? What have you created?
Lynn Larson - www.learntostampandscrap.com