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No felt needle felted jacket

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needle felted silk Jacket

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Sewing Texture taught by Vanessa Christenson

Whether you're making something new, or livening up something you love, ruffles, pleats, gathers and shirring are easy ways to add style and depth.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Mod, Traditional, Classic
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What materials did you use? Silk dupioni

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What are you most proud of? This technique is something I stumbled on when I saw a felting machine. I don't like the primitive or country look which is more what felting with wool and the like ends up looking like. I was told that you can felt anything natural and because silk is my favorite fabric, I tried felting it and it worked! So I expanded to felting designs onto the silk, this jacket is a cross hatch pattern, I started in the middle of the fabric and drew a diagonal line and felted as you would quilting in parallel lines. I've also done circles (really cool because you can put embroidery in the middle of the circle) triangles and squares.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Remember that the fabric contracts because when felting it distorts and sort of gathers the fabric. It does damage, in a way, the fibers as well but silk is pretty resilient.

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Did you cut your fabric after having felt it ?

08/09/2014 Flag

Yes, because the felting "shrinks" the fabric. What I do is lay the pattern piece on the fabric and trace around it about 2" out, that will give me extra and then when I start felting, I know I have to go at least that far. Before I cut it, I recheck the pattern to make sure I've felted far enough.

08/15/2014 Flag

Thank you JSM 1144 for your answer. Interesting technique, I have a felting machine but havent used it a lot. Your work is fantastic

08/26/2014 Flag

You have inspired me. I have the felting attachment for my Bernina but haven't been brave enough to try. Maybe I will get out a scrap of dupioni and play with it!

09/24/2014 Flag


01/23/2015 Flag

Thank you!

01/30/2015 Flag