I have always enjoyed working with wool felt and making cushions is usually a quick project. I found the most beautiful wool project pattern in a book called “Summer Gatherings” by Lisa Bonegan from Primitive Gatherings and decided to make a new cushion.
The background fabric looked ideal – part wool and part viscose and in the dark black colour I wanted. Excitedly I cut out the tiny flowers (80 plus of them) and the rest of the pattern pieces, but when I started to buttonhole the felted wool to the background, I found my fingers changing colour – to a deep black/blue!! Realising that the fabric may also cause the colour to ‘migrate’ to my chairs or garments, I reluctantly decided I needed to wash the background fabric to get some of the dye out. And the dye did come out!! I washed and washed and rinsed and rinsed!!
The first pot of blooms was well felted and the little flowers started to curl up – something I didn’t mind as it gave another dimension to the flowers. I now just have to complete the other pots of flowers and wash the flowers so that they mimic the first pot – AND give the finished piece a good press with the iron !
The Lana worked well – it easily ” sinks in” to the felted wool, and is so great to use from the spool. I usually work with short lengths and with the extensive range of colours, I can always find a close match to the wool felt I use.
Next on the list is to try embroidering with Lana on a linen background.