Machine Felting: Petals And Leaves At Play…

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Introducing my Janome Xpression Felting Machine. Oh, you have seen it before. Several times. But this time you get a bonus. You get to see what I MADE with it!!

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It has been so long that I don’t even remember when I bought it. I am thinking about five years ago. Worth every penny I paid.

I finally cracked open the manual. Read the few pages of instruction. Mostly the manual told me about the tools that came with the Felting Machine. I didn’t see them the two times I took the machine out of the box to photograph it. Ah. Inside the removable arm thingy. 5 needle cartridge, a single needle cartridge, 3 extra needles, two screwdrivers and a cleaning brush. Plus a one hole felting plate. All there. Thank goodness!!

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Even a DVD came with it. I watched it twice and got started.

Machine felting is so easy. A baby could do it. Within less than a minute I was going at top speed. It is all done by pushing whatever I pile on top down into the fabric on the bottom. Preferably wool felt, denim, something sturdy as the base fabric.

I made this first.

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This is the back. Even pretty and usable from this side. I think I will make it into a necklace.

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It was too easy. So I decided I had enough practice. And started on a larger piece. No clue where I was going with it. I was thinking, clean slate, just start laying pieces.

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I had plenty to chose from. Felt from my macrame projects.

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Yarn from my stash.

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These came from Salvation Army’s Thrift Store. 25 cents each. What a deal steal!!

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And roving. Which I bought a couple years ago.

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Immediately after starting and taking the first photograph, I knew I should have selected a different base color. Oh well. I tried to brighten it up by adding white and bright colors.

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I just kept adding stuff.

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See my leaves. They are just halfway pushed into the felt. I gave them a tug to see if they would pull out. Nope. They are in there tight.

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For border #1 I used avocado wool felt. For border #2, I used this linen/linen look fabric I got from Salvation Army’s Thrift shop.

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Now I have to decide how to finish off the back.

I am sorry it took me so long to try machine felting. My lost. Just think what I could have accomplished by now. Clean up is a breeze. Open the trap door. Remove the lint collected.

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I have loads of ideas. Embellished fronts for handbags. More wall hangings. Baskets. And somehow I will incorporate felting into my quilting.

I guess I won’t be needing this.

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LOL!! No since mailing this off now. Janome has since switched out this model for something else. It is a good thing, too, that it works just as it is supposed to. 😀

Guess what? Another project comes off the MAY To-Do list. (I will keep plugging along until they are all finished.)

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4 comments on “Machine Felting: Petals And Leaves At Play…

  1. picperfic says:

    I didn’t know Janome made such a thing…not looking…lol!! I have too many hobbies, I needle felt by hand, with a clover tool, your machine would make short work of that!

  2. Lennette says:

    Very cool Donna!!!! Another way for you to express your creativity!!!

  3. Sarah C. says:

    What a neat idea _ I didn’t know they made machines for felting! Keep up the good work. Whoop whoop!

  4. don_mae says:

    Hi Picperfic, Lennette and Sarah C. Thanks much for your comments. Really appreciate you stopping by.

    I am having fun with machine felting. Once it gets cooler I have plans to do a whole lot more. I have TONS of ideas. And I have been thinking about my macrame cord and whether or not I can use it to felt. Going to give it a go. 😀

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