Friday, July 11, 2008

Needle felting class Janome

I attended a "free" class on Tuesday at Mulqueen's Sewing Center in Mesa. It was sponsored by Janome. We felted fibers on organza with the Janome felting machine and then used the Janome 11000 Embroidery machine to applique the felted fabric onto a piece of wool which had been felted with fibers. We used a leaf pattern. We were to make a small pillow but of course, I didn't make the pillow. I brought my fabric home and gave it more colors. The wool background was white and wasn't as colorful as I would like. I painted it with fabric dye. I also added more needle felting with a very sparkly lightweight fiber that I purchased at The Fiber Factory (don't remember the name of the fibers). The ladies at the Fiber Factory weren't sure if the fiber could be dyed. I was able to dye them a very light color and then added them to the piece to give it some sparkle. I plan to use the piece as the center of a wallhanging. I found a piece of tie dye in my stash that I think will look great as a background. This will be a next week project as I am swamped with projects at this time.