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It must be two years since I made this Christmas heart.

It’s made from old curtain fabric, bits of lace and handmade felt and is embellished with buttons,beads and hand stitching.It was always a disappointment to me as It wouldn’t hang properly on the wall and you can barely see the word noel.

Disheartened, I allowed it to languish in a cupboard. Too much time invested in it to throw it away.
How to rescue it?

After my success with the other felt heart last week I sought it out and took another look.
Simple to fix really with a little effort.

I hadn’t wanted gold on it it but even silver lurex thread didn’t show up the lettering, so gold it is.

I’ve added another layer of curtain fabric at the back and stuffed it with some ‘gifted’ natural kapok.
It now hangs perfectly, usable at last.

Don’t know why, but I’m thinking a furry edge would look nice!

Rust inspired picture

I’ve had a fascination with rusty metal for quite a long time. You only have to ask my husband – the times I’ve had him carrying back large items from beaches and country walks. It looks fabulous when installed in the garden and it’s been in my mind for quite a while to produce a series of items inspired by rust.

So when I saw this mage and re-discovered this small piece of rust it seemed time to make a start. It’s probably not the most successful piece of felt I’ve made but it’s a good start to get me working on the subject. I envisage that I will work in both 2D and 3D and want to attach pieces of actual rust to the finiished felts.

The fabric pieces are crystal organza which gives a lovely texture when felted in and the curls are dyed teeswater. I wanted to get not just the colours but texture as well. In future I think I may use cut back techniques for added texture and depth. Not sure if I should stitch into it, what do you think?