Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Whatiffing 105-113, Dull and Glossy

Some new Whatiffings: these are different thin fabric scraps on multi-coloured pre-felt, punched and then hand embroidered with glossy silk thread.

(I took a lot of pictures of a new project today - forgot to put the memory card into the camera - have to wait for new daylight tomorrow ... it's one of those days. Sigh.)


Anonymous said...

ewittthese are lovely. what is pre-felt? i went to the local needlework shop and enquired about wool felt - she had acrylic felt for 85 cents for an A4 sheet. the wool felt was $100 a metre (and she only four little bits because it is so expensive no-one buys it!) i think i will be investigating other options. I may be able to buy the pre-felt on-line.

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Thank you, Paula!

Pre-felt are a few layers of washed and combed wool (roving), which has been slightly but not thoroughly wetfelted together yet. It's weaker and softer than finished felt, and will still shrink and compress when being worked upon.

No, it shouldn't be that expensive! I usually buy small, thick industrial pre-felt pieces (like the dark grey I think I sent you with the swap) for €2/piece or thin ones, I think they're 80X80 cm, for €4.

But if you can get hold of wool roving, you can easily make the pre-felt yourself! Either wetfelted, the "correct" way, or you just punch a bit of wool roving with the embellisher before adding the fabric or other material to it!

jude said...

this is fabulous. i like doing little samplers like these. lots of learning and they look good too.

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Yes, I'm getting quite addicted to doing these whatiffings ... and I very often draw new ideas out of them!