Embellishing a felted blanket


Today’s the day! I’ve assembled all my metallic threads and painted silk medallions in preparation for completing my piece, “Humboldt Journey.”   This is my 2nd favorite part of a project, after the initial excitement of diving in – adding the frosting that ties all the elements together.

What I love especially about felted projects is that they are reversible and you can create a counterpoint to your main theme on the back or inside, that will further emphasize the ideas you are expressing.   Machine applique and free motion quilting are two surface design elements that can add even more drama to your textile project and take it to still another level.  This added detail is a great complement to the felting process, allowing you to express another viewpoint in tandem with your main concept.

Shiva Paintstiks are easy to use and are essentially oil paint in a crayon form.  Their versatility allows you to achieve so many vibrant effects on materials you might not even consider painting on.  They are permanent and color-fast when applied properly.  Here is a link to a video made by Dharma Trading Company that describes them in detail.