I decided to make an all in one envelope cushion in Blue Faced Leicester fibres and set to with a will. I began by making pre-felts in 5 different colours and influenced by folk art was thinking of stylised trees and flowers.
As you can see, the laying out went well. The background was worked to pre-felt stage and my trees and flowers laid out.
I was very happy with it at this stage and it looks quite fine. As it’s a cushion it needs to be well felted and I knew that pre-felts can sometimes appear to ‘bleed’ so I was working with quite firm pre-felts. Even so, it’s really not a good finish.
The white has really come up through the colours as expected but hasn’t given me quite such a pastel finish as I’d hoped for. What really ruins it for me is the ‘bleeding’ on the black pre-felt so this is now destined to be a sample. It did lead me to further experimentation with pre-felts and I can push them much further than I’d thought and still successfully felt them together. We live and learn.