Late today I started working on a tunic length vest that uses a striped fabric on the front and a denim fabric on the back.
I wanted to add some type of embellishment to the denim back that would complement the fabric on the front of the vest, but I did not want to use something “heavy” looking. Felting was the answer! Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff each have a Felting attachment and embroidery designs that allow you to felt in three ways: Free Standing, Single Layer and Multi-layer.
Denim is a great fabric for single layer felting, especially if it has a very white “wrong” side to the fabric. Felting is done with a special needle with barbs that mesh the threads of the fabric so the embellishment is part of the fabric, not just laying on it. In the case of my denim, the white of the wrong side comes through to the dark blue of the right side. I hooped my denim fabric, right side against the machine with no stabilizer, using my 240 x 150 metal hoop.
After all was lined up the way I wanted it, I checked everything using the template that comes with the hoop.
I loaded the design into the machine and pushed start: no thread needed!
Would you believe at this point, I am almost done with the design?
Once the machine had finished, I was ready to remove the hoop and take a look at the design from the right side of the denim. This is what the design looks like while still in the hoop.
This close up shows you the “fuzzy” effect the felting produces, giving a light fluffy look to the design.
I will include some pictures in next week’s blog to show you the finished product. In the meantime, you may want to check out this video demonstration of the Felting set. Happy sewing!!