It’s far too early!

to be thinking about Christmas, but when I finally found some more felted wools to start a table runner and use a new pattern, I had to think about a special festive occasion coming up in December.

My friend went to the BIG quilt show in Houston last year, and on her return bought me a present of a Wooly Lady pattern and some felted wools.

Wooly Lady pattern and my collection of Aurifil Lana

I was thrilled with this gift, and was determined to make it by Christmas of this year.  As wool by the metre (or yard) is very expensive, and quite difficult to locate in Australia, I decided to put the wool onto a fabric (cotton) background.

In sewing the felted wool on, I used the lovely LANA thread , using a buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine and put a stabliser on the back of the cotton fabric.

Layering up the poinsettia flower

After a few initial ‘teething’ problems – not having the correct machine needle (a topstitch or an embroidery or a universal needle seems to work best in a 90 or 100 size) , and altering the tension too, I found I could carefully sew around the shapes.  It certainly is much quicker to sew using the machine, and I am hoping the project will be completed soon.  By the way, I used a matching Cotton Mako 40  or 50 thread on the bobbin of the machine  to suit the top thread colour.

Placing the new pieces on ready for sewing

I have to spend a few more hours layering each poinsettia then adding the additional flowers, and berries.  Hopefully before too long, I can blog a completed table runner!!

Some of the threads I used – perfectly blending in with the felted wool.

8 Responses

  1. I Have been trying to get on the Wooly lady website all weekend to share with some friends who were visiting…no luck! I love her patterns,,,,,

    • Maybe they were having trouble with the website – I have tried just now and it isn’t working either. Perhaps they are doing some work on the site.
      Thanks for your comment – it is good to know people read our blog!!

  2. Lisa Walton (Dyed and Gone to Heaven) has lovely wools.

    • I have seen Lisa’s beautiful wool fabrics Anne. There are more and more shops selling felted wools in Australia than there used to. The hardest thing to ‘track down’ is meterage (yardage) of wool – other than dressmaking woollens – in ‘pretty’ colours.

  3. Looks good. I don’t have any wool yet, but hope to get some in the future.

    • When I first started being interested in wool applique many years ago there weren’t many suppliers (especially here in Australia), but now more people are using felted wools and there are the most amazing colours and textures available. I am sure you will find something when you start looking Patty!! It is the yardage I find expensive – as you can usually find small squares in packs or individually.

  4. Wow you do gorgeous work! Inspired me to think of Christmas!

    • Thanks for your comment – I don’t want to think about Christmas either!! but we are halfway through the year, and I always seem to run of time to do special festive sewing projects if I don’t start early.

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