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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Langenfeld from Landscapes in Fabric

Special Effects with Melted Felt!

Depending on the effect you want, sea foam may be created in thread or melted felt. The scale of the images makes a difference. In The Shore piece below, the foam is close up and larger. It was the perfect place to use some melted felt. In Dolphin Play, the foam is distant, so small #TwoStitchMagic zig zags were the perfect size.

Usually when I melt felt, I secure it in a wooden hoop or open frame so that it won't curl up when heated.

But for the foam rolling on the shore, I let it curl, as foam does. You can see the thick, curled edge in the lower left. This added a third dimension to the piece, as did the gathered and wrinkled top fabrics which were overlapped, squished together, and sewn in place. Another unusual part of the piece is that I dyed batting (the light blue areas), and let it show through the top layers.

Directions for #Two Stitch Magic stitching is available in video form from the store on this website.

More information about melting felt is on this website too, under 'Art.'

Give it a try!

Please shoot me a message if you have questions.

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