By Lizzie Houghton
Crafters are embracing felting as the most interesting and flexible strategies around—and fabric artist Lizzie Houghton deals 30 lovely tasks that really stand proud of the gang. Her thorough, fully-illustrated educational within the fundamentals will open the craft as much as somebody: it comprises every thing from laying out the material and community felting to third-dimensional varieties. novices then have the talents they should create sophisticated variances in colour; perform daring, playful experiments; and paintings with conventional fibers in addition to velvets, silks, and embroidery. The scarves, wraps, pillows, throws, and different felted designs all function nature-inspired colours, from the fiery colors of chili and poppy and rust to the earthy tones of fern and moss.
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Dark blue fabric Cut 1 rectangle 31/2˝ × 4˝ (E). Cut 1 strip 21/2˝ × 5˝ (K). Cut 1 strip 7˝ × 31/2˝ (F). Cut 1 strip 7˝ × 21/2˝ (L). HOW-TO Use 1/4˝ seam allowances. 1. With right sides together, sew each quadrant as diagrammed. Refer to the block photo (page 34) as needed. F C D B E A Upper left quadrant H Upper right quadrant G J K I L Lower left quadrant Lower right quadrant 2. Sew the quadrants together. 3. Trim the block to 121/2˝ × 121/2˝. 35 BOXED UP designed by Angela Yosten This block was inspired by nested boxes that stack within each other.
4. With right sides together, sew the half-square triangles together in pairs as shown. Press. Join the pairs together to form a Four-Patch block. Press. 43 CROSSWALK designed by Angela Pingel Though you may not see it at first, this block acts like a Nine-Patch block, showcasing a special fussy-cut fabric in the center. Use the rest of the block to help focus on the center. Sew as accurately as possible, using a ¼˝ seam allowance to help maintain the correct dimensions. 44 MODERN BLOCKS SUPPLIES AND CUTTING Blue fabric** Cut 1 square 41/2˝ × 41/2˝ for the center (D).
Cut out the fabric pieces on the drawn lines and peel off the backing paper. 4. Arrange and fuse the fabric pieces onto the white square. Stitch around the shapes with black thread. Add a line of stitching for the dog to stand upon. 5. Draw or embroider the question 1. With right sides together, sew 4 of the 2˝ × 2˝ squares into a row. Press the seams in one direction. Repeat to make 2 rows of 4 squares. 5. Sew 2˝ × 91/2˝ tan strips to the left and right sides of the block. Press. 6. Sew a four-patch unit from Step 4 to each end of the 2 remaining 2˝ × 91/2˝ tan strips.
Creative Felting by Lizzie Houghton