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Thread: Embroidery Work using Felt?

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    Has anyone used craft felt sheets to embroider on? I have a project I want to do that needs a thicker (not necessarily heavier) type of material and I was thinking about using felt like you find at the craft stores.

    Did it work? Were there any problems to work around?

    Thanks! Mona

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    I have never tried this, so I can't assure you that it will work. I wouldn't use a dense design, nor would I hoop the felt. I would hoop the stabilizer and use temporary adhesive spray (Sulky KK2000), or the basting function to adhere the felt to the stabilizer. I would also use a topper to keep the stitches from sinking into the felt.

    You can successfully embroider on fleece. As for the felt, all you can do is give it a try. If you do, let us know how it worked, okay?

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    I have seen felt used as accents/appliques in embroidery pieces, but I have not seen it used as the sole embroidery foundation. I do know that it tends to fuzz up pretty easily as the floss pulls through so it needs some care in the stitching.

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    You can use it just fine. Just make sure you hoop and stabilize correctly.

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    Some years ago I cut out circles of felt and sewed them onto two boys sweatshirts for my two boys Christmas gifts. I embroidered animal shapes on each one, probably with three strands of embroidery floss and whipstitched around the circle's edges. I remember washing them in the washing machine many times and they held up very well. I don't know what kind of felt it was, but it must have been polyester, the way that it held up. I did not do anything special as far as backing on the felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    I have never tried this, so I can't assure you that it will work. I wouldn't use a dense design, nor would I hoop the felt. I would hoop the stabilizer and use temporary adhesive spray (Sulky KK2000), or the basting function to adhere the felt to the stabilizer. I would also use a topper to keep the stitches from sinking into the felt.
    Felt works just fine. One year I made gift tags/Christmas tree ornaments on my embroidery machine using the craft felt rectangles you can get at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. Hooped the stabilizer and used spray adhesive to afix the felt. Didn't use a topper and had no problem with the stitches sinking in. They turned out great. Slid another piece of felt under the hoop when it stitched the outline so that the backs were nicely finished.

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    Felt embroideries beautifully. I use felt squares when I want to try out a design. It is easier to embroidery on than most fabrics.

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    I've used felt to machine embroider some bookmarks. It turned out great.

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    There are different grades of felt. I don't know that I would use craft felt, but there is some nice felt in the fabric store that would work nicely :D:D:D

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    Ok everyone... here it is. I purchased a small selection of felts from the craft department at my local Walmart and this is the first of the projects I want to do.

    I did start with a tear away stabilizer, 1 layer, and it tore.. ok.. second try I used a cut away stabilizer and this is what I have.. wonderful!

    oh by the way... no top stabilizer...

    thank you for all your help! Mona
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