Thursday, February 22, 2007

Felt melt or tortured felt?


This was my first attempt at felt melting or as some call it, tortured felt. Not usually a great one for planning ahead, this one was thought out before hand. I had an idea I wanted to try out. So I layered four pieces of cheap acrylic, craft felt and stitched the outside with cotton quilting thread, then still using the Zig-zag divide the postcard sized piece into six parts. I then used a triple machine stitch and lowered the foot pressure so I could move the work around easily and stitched a spiral in each space.
When this was done, I used the heat gun on parts of the work. I had expected all these layers to disintegrate to some extent, hoping to reveal some of the different colours here and there, but unfortunately even though they all came from the same pack they were not all equal and some layers did not melt much. So I must now test each piece of felt before I start.
I used navy for the first layer, then white, a smaller piece of lime green and then turquoise. The green did not melt well, the white did not melt at all, but did turn a nice caramel colour. Luckily, the turquoise was the top layer and that melted beautifully and had little shiny beads where it melted. these took Treasure Gold really well. A good experiment.


This time I was better prepared and tested all the felts first. None of these melted as well as the turquoise felt. I cut three pieces of two shades of orange and arranged these over a sheet of navy felt. Then covered them with the purple felt. stitched exactly as previous sample and heated with the gun. I was surprised at the outcome, the purple took on a beautiful orangey shade, which suited the other colours well. all in all a very satisfying experiment. I will be making more of these.

16 comments:

Fran├žoise said...

I like the turquoise piece very much, even if it didn't melt the way you thought it would.

StegArt said...

Ooooh these are gorgeous. I wanna do this too. Maybe tomorrow.

Sue B said...

Great samples Mags. It's interesting how different colors will melt differently isn't it?

Carol said...

These are stunning! I love the colours

Dianne said...

These are great Mags. Love the purple piece.

Micki said...

Well these are really great. I think I finally found some felt that will melt, but haven't gotten around to testing. Maybe soon.

Purple Missus said...

I like the first one even if it didn't turn out how you expected. Have you considered using a soldering/stencil iron to burn back the layers. I'm sure that all the felts would melt done in this way.

Carol said...

These are gorgeous Mags, well worth planning out

Helen in the UK said...

Lovely cards. Torturing some felt is on my 'to do' list this weekend!! Thanks for the tip about testing the colours first :)

kay susan said...

These are rather lovely! Thank you for the warning about the melting felt - I too would have expected it all to be the same.

Gunnels blog said...

these are great!

Ali Honey said...

It sounds very cruel ( LOL ) But I love the results.

Anonymous said...

Loved these felt bits M.
It is interesting how very differently they have melted compared to the one I have on my blog isn't it?
Dorothy

MaryB said...

Mags, amazing samples! Have you seen Elizabet's? http://veridianeyes.blogspot.com/2007/02/melting-felt.html
Must have a go myself sometime :-)

Liz said...

These are lovely, Mags - and lucky you to have such fun things through the post!

You are being amazingly prolific at the moment.

neki desu said...

This is the kind of thing that speaks to me. the gree piece is fab!
thanks for the inspiration. will try some fractal images with that technique.
neki desu