This post is inspired by a tutorial posted by Betz White on her blog. You can find it here. She is fortunate to have very thick felt on hand. I on the other hand only could find regular old wool felt in my stash and local suppliers. Scarcity really is the mother of invention as I realized that I could fuse two squares using fusible web (and lots of heat and patience) and get a color block effect. I hope you like the resulting woodland mobiles. The green one is travelling to Germany, as a 'thank you' for the Herrnut stars while the red one is staying home with me for once!
They are impossible to photograph when hanging as they are long, skinny and won't stop twirling. I use sewing invisible thread doubled and for the hanging loop a bit of raffia from MayArts ribbons.
Most of the felt balls were sourced from Amazon (look for felt beads). But the tiny mushroom were the result of my very first etsy purchase from a woman whose blog I cannot find anymore. tI was called Paper Scissors Glue (she's thinking).
The little leaves were cut out of the excess fused felt and then embroidered with a strait stitch using embroidery thread on the Bernina 580. I picked foot 20 for this job as it is very open and lets you see what you are doing. Setting the needle down and pivoting instead of the just using the backstitch button was a tremendous help. For too small a leaf, I have no trick, the feed dogs will simply have nothing to grab... still working on it...
Can you tell it's terribly late and Thomas is out of town? I feel like a zombie blogger, after a wonderfully full day of single mothering with the help of great friends. I always pack too much in the days when the woolf(daddy) is away and cannot let the evening alone end.