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This project is a good for beginner needle felters to get your feet wet in felted applique technique, and it is easy enough for a rank beginner to do. To do needle felting you push wool fibers, called rovings, into wool backgrounds with a tool that has barbed needles. The barbs get the wool fibers and fabrics hooked together making the felt. You can shade by mixing the fibers in your hands pulling them apart again and again till the colors are mixed. The results are more realistic than applique, which is what I am known for.
There is another listing for this pattern which is PRINTED and mailed.
My little wall hanging measures 19"" wide x 19" high Each of the blocks for the backgrounds of the dragonflies is 9" to 9 1/2" square. The borders are 3" wide. I hand dyed my wool fabrics, but it isn't necessary. You could use any wool fabric you have around or contact me for making a special kit for you with wool fabric and roving (fibers), add beads that you probably already have in your stash.. I used cotton for the backing and binding. The appliques are poked to the background fabric, then roving is poked to the applique/background, with the felting tool (Clover 8901, the pink one) which I have listed here on etsy. It costs $14.50.
I invented this technique and I went wild making two award winning quilts in wool and felted appliques. The Crazy Sheep and the Sheep Wannabees (you can see the patterns listed here on etsy) quilts came about, before this printed pattern when I realized that people wanted a smaller project to try felting. It was a light bulb moment when I figured out how I could teach people with no drawing ability to be able to felt a shaded sheep face that looks real. I can also put together a bunch of roving colors for you. Most of my rovings are hand dyed making them have a many shades in one baggie. For this project you need 4 baggies at $2.95 each, including a variety for the flowers too. I used green wool yarn for the stems.
I have been designing applique patterns since 1989. They have become increasingly complex as I have gained experience. Fabric Design was my major in college where I learned how to invent techniques by thinking outside the box.
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