A couple of weeks ago, I got the urge to work with a felted background and apply decorative machine stitches and couching to see what textures I could create so I went out to buy an “embellisher”. These machines are relatively inexpensive so if I decided I didn’t like the result, I wasn’t worried about wasting a lot of money. I had purchased one of these machines years ago, tried it for a couple of weeks and broke so many needles, I gave up. But companies got smarter and re-designed these machines so they now have 12 needles and you can replace each needle when it breaks instead of have to replace the entire needle holder.
I had some wool roving in my studio and some commercial black felt so I started with that to create my base. Here’s what I came up with. I like it! So I’m making more. These pieces are mounted on a 12″ square panel that I painted black.
Here’s a picture and a detail.