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« on: August 22, 2005 01:49:00 AM »

has anyone ever needle felted over a pattern on a paper napkin? i did this over the weekend, and came out with some pretty nice looking appliques. (will post pics soon) just wondering a couple things... can i wet felt the appliques even though there is still some paper napkin needled into the back fibers? i don't want mushy paper mixed in with my felt Tongue other question is any ideas of what to use them for? i thought of applying to purses and such, but not sure how sturdy they would be, and how to attach them (glue or just needle them on)?
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2005 05:10:35 AM »

Hi, my thoughts were pretty slow in gathering, but have had this in the back of my mind since first reading your post.  The idea of felting over a "found print" is intriguing.  Like you though, would not be happy with the paper stuck in with the wool. 

When I've used a "pattern" to develop  a design in felt - like an applique or a picture-   it worked to trace the main lines and then cut it out each part on a piece of tag board - the part felt is open and the tag board is like a page around the open area.  Then felt in the open area.  when the color is going nicely, move onto another piece and needle that color in place.

Keep the original "found pattern" intact and infront of you so you can see it to help develop details.

For the appliques already done -  seems you will be stuck with the paper-- unless it disolves with the wet felting - some napkins almost melt when wet so maybe?Huh??

Soft needle felted appliques needle into soft wools or wool felt very nicely.  You can also make larger needle felted or wet felted items such as mug coasters, seat cushions -- make thick circles  and then needle the appliques into the needle felted item -- thus you do not have to make the design go all the way through a thick felt.

HTH - would enjoy hearing what you finally decided to do with your appliques.
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