Fabric Embellishment and Needle Felting
I experimented by first hand needle felting different fabrics and yarns to the base fabric. I just continued until I had a pattern I found pleasing and appropriate to the application. Using decorative stitches on my sewing machine and coordinating threads I anchored various elements as well as add texture. Beads, buttons, etc were added at the end.
I did not have my "felting machine" yet when I made these two projects. I was hand felting with 5 needles, like the clover one shown above. You punch the needles through the fabric into a brush like pad and as you punch the clear plastic cover goes up allowing the barbed needles to penetrate the fabric and pull in and out the fibers to mesh it togehter. With my felting machine I probably would not need the decorative stitches to anchor the pieces since they would be felt-attached better, but would probably add them anyway just for the texture. With the machine the fabrics/fibers make an almost permanent bond and allow for unlimited creativity! Since then I have tried more projects that I will be sharing more pictures of in the future.
Christopher Nejman's book was the first inspiration for making these pillows. He shows so many creative ideas and techniques and most especially encourages you to take off and create!! Once I found out about felting I dove right in! There are many books available about felting but the best way to learn is just to do it! The hand tool and mat are quite inexpensive to try it out. Grab some fabric and yarn and start punching. As you see how it becomes meshed together the ideas will start!