I have had an embellishing machine for a couple of years and am ashamed to say, for the most part it stays in the cupboard. It was bought after I attended a couple of classes on how to needle felt and used a machine to make some samples. I made a couple of things and then life and work took over and I had less time.
Now I find myself with a change of pace, still working but with more time at home and I thought it was time to get back to “messing around” with crafts again.
Visiting the local library, I found a great book called Art in Felt and Stitch by Moy Mackay. Her projects focus mainly on wet felt rather than needle felting but I thought I could probably adapt to try with my embellishing machine.
The works are beautiful and would be an inspiration for painting, quilting or embroidery projects too. I can’t claim my picture is original as I did copy one of the designs from the book. Having completed it, I will probably have more confidence to try my own designs.
I added some machine embroidery to define areas like the upper and lower slopes of the hill and the trees, adding a few french knots and other stitches for flowers and grasses.
To form the fence, I used a long running stitch, then worked back the other way adding stitched fence posts.
When photographed, I thought some needle felt sections would make a good start point for electronic art of some kind. Something to add on to the “try one day” list!