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Melted Felt

The paisley shown above was made by layering hand dyed silk velvet and colorful synthetic fabric shapes on acrylic felt. FIrst the pieces were fused in place, often stacking three or four pieces on top of each other. In the third picture you can see how everything is stitched in a way that adds to the design but also connects stitching lines all over the piece. This helps hold the felt together when it's heated. To dissolve the felt, secure it tautly in a wooden hoop or empty frame. (I use thumb tacks and a frame.) The felt piece is heated from the back side with an embossing heat gun. Keep the heat gun moving or it will over-heat the felt leaving a glob of hard acrylic felt and unplanned large holes. The fourth image shows the finished piece mounted on clear acrylic. This was done by drilling tiny holes in the acrylic and stitching the art to it.

The glamorous picture at left is me wearing the half face respirator. This is a must when melting felt. The fumes are nasty and dangerous. Melt outdoors and leave the piece sitting outside for 15-20 minutes so the fumes dissipate.

Melted Felt Nautilus

 Nautilus was done with no fabrics added on the felt. Four colors of thread were sewn in to define the shape and create dimension with shading as well as hold the felt together. 

Fabric Art Blue Bird

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The Blue Bird was done with the same method as above.

Melted Acrylic Felt

A layer of acrylic felt was decorated with synthetic fabrics and melted. It was left to curl and curve on its own while being heated because it was not held taut. It remained stiff enough to hold its shape yet was easy to machine stitch onto the bowl. The holes in the middle of the synthetic pieces were made with a soldering tool.

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