I used a red pre-felt base which looks a bit like wool felt but it has only been very lightly felted, so it is quite light and thin. I added some bits of wool roving to make a little fire scene.
Using the embellisher machine, I needle felted all the wool to make a fabric. An embellisher or needle-felting machine looks just like a sewing machine except you do not use any thread. Mine has 5 barbed needles that felt the wool rovings. When I was finished I was disappointed the resulting fabric looked too harsh and clunky.
It didn't look anything like the background that I hoped. I looked at the reverse side though and that was much better and far more subtle.
That was much more like the look that I was going for.
I placed the felted fabric in the middle of my crazy block and added some silk fabrics around it.
|Fire- Crazy base block|
Looking at the block now I realise that I could add some branches to the trees. That's one of the things with crazy quilts; you can usually keep adding stitches.
Bye for now,