She taught us how to create a very distinct image with defined lines. Our first exercise was to draw a California poppy then to re-draw it in a way that we could recreate using felt. Above right was my interpretation of the poppy I had and how I translated that to felt. Below left is what it looked like after felting it.
On the lower right is the poppy after I felted it to a background with some netting fused on it.
One thing you will notice about Lisa's work is the intricate detail she gets using free motion embroidery with a machine. We learned how to embellish our work and really make it pop using the machine. Below is my poppy, felted, then the detail is the stitching using free motion embroidery. I had so much fun doing this, it's mesmerizing once you get going!
After doing the poppy we were able to choose anything we wanted and try to translate it into felt. I had a blue glass mason jar with me that was holding my granola, you can kind of see it on the left in the upper corner....out with the granola and I began sketching. I wanted to try to capture the light reflecting off of it and some of the more subtle shaded details. The photo on the left is my lay out before felting.
Here on the right I'm starting to stitch. You can kind of see the different shades I was going for.
Below is my finished blue glass mason jar. I am so happy with it! I just can't get over how much the stitching adds to the finished piece.....I feel a new obsession coming on......