I made something! Yay! I'm usually up to my eyeballs in the Felt Mines doing all the things I do on a regular basis to keep my business running smoothly. But lately I've had an overwhelming urge to make something, and an underwhelming urge to find the time. But thanks to an internet connection with Erin of Clever Charlotte and that rare and wondrous thing called serendipity, I made an Embroidery Folder!
It all started when Erin was inspired by the colors in this artwork by Alyssa Nassner of SmallTalkStudio.
Erin wondered if I could pull together some of my wool felt colors to recreate Alyssa's unique palette in her 'Dream Catcher' print (silly goose... I can recreate any palette!!) for an embroidery/needle case she wanted to make for herself. Here are the colors I chose:
Once I saw this pretty pile of wool felt, I started thinking about a project that had been brewing in my mind for quite some time...an Embroidery Folder using parts and pieces cut with dies. My name, Felt On The Fly, comes from the fact that I love to design 'on the fly'! It always starts with a need, which fuels my creativity and off I go - designing from my imagination.
Erin and I decided that we would each design our own project using the same color palette and compare results when we were done. You can see her finished project right here.
wool felt cuts like a dream with most of the popular dies available in craft stores and on-line. I used just three Sizzix dies for all of the parts and pieces shown here.
The largest pieces were cut with the Sizzix 'Pocket Page and Tag' die which requires the huge Sizzix Big Shot Pro Die Cutting Machine. The smaller embellishments were cut with the Sizzix 'Flower Layers #7' die and the Sizzix 'Jungle Leaves' die using the smaller, more manageable Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.
I knew I'd need lots of pockets for my Embroidery Folder because I like to carry lots of bits and pieces around while I'm designing and stitching. Lucky for me, the 'Pocket Page and Tag' die includes holes - so much neater than trying to make little slices with scissors! Those holes made it really easy to insert metal rings to keep the pocket pages lying flat when the Folder is open.
Some creative cutting and folding and stitching ensued and, what the heck, why not toss in a few sparkly little beads too... and here's what the inside of my Embroidery Folder looks like:
I cut out embellishments using the same color palette and used those embellishments to repeat the theme of Alyssa's artwork.
And finally, so you can get an idea of how all of this looks when it's actually being used...here it is, stuffed with the bits and pieces of my next project!
Here's a few close-ups of some of the detail work...
I love the 'Jungle Leaf' die. Looks just like a feather, don't you think?
All done! Easy peasy! Thanks, Erin, for the unintentional wool felt project throw down! I look forward to the next challenge, whether it's matching a color palette or designing another project on the fly....