Nicola Brown | Textured and stitched, the addition of machine embroidery to felt adds another dimension!
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Textured and stitched, the addition of machine embroidery to felt adds another dimension!

Textured and stitched, the addition of machine embroidery to felt adds another dimension!

It is just not going to be possible to blog comprehensively about all the new techniques learnt and information absorbed at Felt in Focus, firstly there is definitely not enough time and secondly a lot of it is in my head and will be transmitted into my work over the course of the coming months.  Instead I hope you will share with me as I post some images taken during the two amazing workshops I participated in, felt jewellery with Lisa Klakulak and printing on fabric (printing with pigments and binders and not with acid dyes as I had somehow imagined!) with Kirsten Lundberg.

20 layers of partial felt underneath a layer of silk chiffon adds to the raised surface

I’m going to start today by uploading two images of the first piece I completed at Lisa’s workshop, a richly coloured wall piece (that I originally intended to be a bracelet!) with areas of high relief, achieving textured surfaces is something that really interests me.

Seeing Lisa’s felt in reality was a wonderful experience, watching her demonstrate how adding free machine embroidery to various areas really opens up a whole new avenue for exploring different means of surface embellishment.  As someone who has always had a horror of working on a sewing machine free machining was a total new experience, wonderfully relaxing believe it or not expecially since I was working on a relatively ‘free’ style of stitching  playing around to see what sort of effects I might be able to achieve without totally stressing myself out about perfection!

Merino, fabrics, partial felts and stitching combine to create a unique new felt

Nicola Brown
  • Heather Woollove
    Posted at 10:41h, 12 July Reply

    Gorgeous work, Nicola!! With all of the sewing you’re doing lately, soon you’ll be writing a quilt blog (not!). 🙂

  • Annie and Lyn
    Posted at 11:31h, 12 July Reply

    Love the colour mix and textures!
    Once you’ve had a go at this technique, an ordinary piece of felt can sometimes look ‘unfinished’ to your eye can’t it?

  • Florcita
    Posted at 14:13h, 12 July Reply

    how beautiful!

  • craftbyMaryla
    Posted at 14:25h, 12 July Reply

    Super texture, great colors and combinations of Felt.:-))))

  • Suzanne Higgs
    Posted at 15:03h, 12 July Reply

    Really lovely work Nicola. I share your aversion to sewing and I also “get the free style” liberating feeling. Good for you. It sounds as though everyone had a wonderful time together. Isn’t learning and sharing just wonderful joy? Again, very nice works.

  • Jagienka
    Posted at 16:12h, 12 July Reply

    Aaaahhh… the freedom of free stitching. I’ve been wanting to try it on felt ever since I saw Rosiepink’s felt meadow!
    Great first attempts Nicola! For someone who is allergic to thread and needle this came out gorgeous!

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 10:27h, 13 July Reply

    Good morning,

    I don’t see the shopping cart feature here to place my order, but would you have time to start my fall/winter wardrobe now that you’re so adept using the sewing machine? Who knew that you’d find sewing so relaxing! Love the surface decoration that you achieved using the free machine embroidery…. Really beautiful. So glad that you had such a wonderful time at Felt in Focus.


  • maria silvia coelho bertola
    Posted at 14:26h, 13 July Reply

    how beuatiful your piece. congratulations!

  • Carole Dysart
    Posted at 16:18h, 13 July Reply

    Cannot believe this is your first attempt at free motion stitching. It is the beginning of so much more that you can create, it looked wonderful. A beautiful addition to what you do.

    Keep the pictures coming!!!


  • Deborah Allen
    Posted at 19:00h, 13 July Reply

    Gorgeous work Nicola! LOVE the colours & textures you have created with stitching.
    I am absolutely BURSTING to free motion embroider on felt.. Ive been waiting over a month for a foot to arrive, meanwhile everybody seems to be getting creative with freemotion embroidery but me waaaa..

    Glad you had a good trip – it sounds wonderful! Look forwarf to seeing more pics

  • sharitchar
    Posted at 21:29h, 13 July Reply

    Hi Nicola I still love that bracelet, but the neck choker is my favorite.
    And your blog is beautifully done.

  • Stephanie Jacobs
    Posted at 21:59h, 13 July Reply

    Wow! Nicola! These pics are FanTAbulous! A new hyrid word for your new work! I can’t wait for my class with Lisa.
    Steph Jacobs

  • Cathy Gillis
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 July Reply

    I love Lisa and her work. I can only imagine the beautiful felted artworks you’ll create having taken a workshop from her! Your talent is amazing. As is Lisa’s. Be sure to post lots of photos please!!

  • woolbrain
    Posted at 16:54h, 14 July Reply

    Lovely work, I have also really wanted to give this a go since seeing Rosiepink’s felt meadow. As always thanks for sharing your lovely works 🙂

  • kokoonart
    Posted at 10:59h, 22 July Reply

    Hallo Nicola,

    great work!

    was nice to meet you again on FiF…I’ll never forget your midnight felting!…

    Greetings, Olga Kazanskaya

  • Dawn Edwards
    Posted at 12:32h, 22 July Reply

    Midnight felting…I don’t see any mention of that in your post. Olga, do tell;-) Nicola, did you get any sleep while at Felt in Focus?

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  • Deb Seeger
    Posted at 00:23h, 07 August Reply

    Loving these techniques.

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