Embroidery help?

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#1 Kekewy on 9 months ago

I found a pattern for a piece of embroidery I'd like to use. Most of it is ridiculously easy... then I get to a part which has me totally stumped. I've shared a picture of it here. The part I'm having issues with is the bottom, above the black semi-circle and below the red eyes. That fuzzy, maroon part. I'm trying to figure out what it is and how it was done. Any ideas?


[IMG]https://i.imgur.com/RlbzBHU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium[/IMG]

#2 DlGlT on 9 months ago

Looks like red "felting" done on the red base fabric. Not super surprising given the amount of hand detailing done to that costume.

[url]https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/article/needle-felting-for-beginners/[/url]

#3 Penlowe on 9 months ago

Ah this is still the Dr. Strange cloak, yes? They mentioned wool as the primary fabric and woven wools felt quite nicely.

GOOD NEWS: felting is stupid easy! Bad news: um, not much really, about $20 worth of supplies and try it out. There is a cookie cutter technique often recommended for beginners they may have used to get those shapes. Actually fondant cutters, much smaller than cookies and come in a wide variety of basic shapes.

#4 Kekewy on 9 months ago

[QUOTE=Penlowe;5068540]Ah this is still the Dr. Strange cloak, yes? They mentioned wool as the primary fabric and woven wools felt quite nicely.

GOOD NEWS: felting is stupid easy! Bad news: um, not much really, about $20 worth of supplies and try it out. There is a cookie cutter technique often recommended for beginners they may have used to get those shapes. Actually fondant cutters, much smaller than cookies and come in a wide variety of basic shapes.[/QUOTE]

Yep, it's the Doctor Strange cloak. I can't find wool in the right color, so I'm looking at different fabrics. Is there any ones I should avoid for the trim? I've been looking at linen blends because they look similar to wool. Do those felt well, too?

#5 Penlowe on 9 months ago

No, felting really only works with animal fibers and man-made that resemble animal fibers (you can use ordinary craft felt as a base for felting projects). I've seen felting done on cotton jersey (tee shirt fabric) as the base, but it weakens the base fabric a LOT and I suspect the fact that jersey is knitted instead of woven helps.

If it's a wool linen blend, it's possible as the wool content is what you need.

#6 DlGlT on 9 months ago

I say pick up a little bit of linen and give it a shot! It looks like people do it on canvas and other loose-weave fabrics, so it might work.

[url]http://wemakecollective.com/4-needle-felting-onto-fabric/[/url]
[url]https://hewandsew.com/felting/needle-felting-on-fabric/[/url]

I think goal isn't so much as to "felt" the base fabric, but have enough of a loose weave that the felting can poke the wool through and get a good grip of the fabric.

#7 Kekewy on 9 months ago

I'll give it a go with some scraps. ^_^ The worst that can happen is I have to find a different fabric for the trim or add an extra step or two to make it stick. I've got some practice wool and a cute little felted fox kit coming tomorrow so I have lots of practice, and I'm making a pattern for the embroidery now. I'm getting excited to start trying this. ^__^

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