I’ve gotten a few questions lately about felt embroidery – and I’m going to answer them all here today.
Most of your patterns use smallish shapes. Do I transfer the pattern, hoop them and stitch, and then cut them out?
Well – I buy the good stuff (there’s no point embroidering it if it’s going to get all pilled and nasty-looking the first time someone touches it) and I don’t like to waste any of it. That means no excess for hooping. You don’t really need to hoop felt anyway – and it’s hard to get the crimp marks out when you do. It’s stiff enough to embroider easily without a hoop. Just be careful not to pull your stitches too tight.
My method is to transfer the pattern, cut it out, and then stitch.
How do you transfer your pattern to felt? You can’t trace through this stuff, and any pen or pencil tends to lift the fibers.
I use one of my favorite embroidery products–I call it The Magical Embroidery Stuff and you can read more about it here. I use it for all of my embroidery, but it really is pure magic for felt embroidery. In fact – it’s so magical that I wrote a whole post here, just about how amazing it is with wool felt.
Where do you find wool felt in such gorgeous colors?
I recommend Benzie Design. They have an amazing selection of colors – including lots of gorgeous felt bundles.
By the way – that picture up at the top is a close up of some of the blocks from the Felt Blocks Embroidery Pattern. Those were so much fun to stitch!
If you’re looking for a free pattern to try, I recommend Flora the felt bird.
She’s so pretty!
Here are links to all my posts about embroidery tools and supplies.
- 12 wt. Sulky Petites
- How I Store and Organize My Embroidery Thread
- Working with Glow in the Dark Thread
Stabilizers and Pattern Transfer Tools
- Why the Right Stabilizer Is Like a Good Bra
- Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy
- What Product to Use When (Freezer Paper, Fusible Adhesive, and Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy)