Miriam walks in today to show me her progress on Autumn Bouquet and mentions she doesn’t know where she’s going to find blue and yellow felted balls for the berries suggested in the stitch guide . So I said hey lets just make them! With just wee tuft of fluffy roving, lots of soap, a little water and some muscle anyone can make felted balls. (Not knowing how I could ever use them I’ve made lots of felted balls after brushing my long hair cats. Who knew it was the technique that would come in handy!) So once we rinse and squeezed dried the berries I stitched on the top a tiny cross stitch with a single strand of splendor; leaving two tails of thread on the bottom of the berry. With a needle I sank the threads to the back and tied on the berry- ball. Some we took sharp embroidery scissors and snipped a flat spot on the bottom to help the berry sit in place. On a few when I couldn’t get a snug tie off with the splendor (it would break) I took a needle and beading thread; came up to the front from the back, caught a bit of the berry and then went back through to the back. By really pulling on the thread I was able to tie it quite tight to the canvas.
|Autumn Bouquet Melissa Shirley
|Our own felted berry balls
|DIY felted balls from pet fur
The stitch guide for Autumn Bouquet by Melissa Shirley was written by Wendy Harwood from Aristeia. Sadly just yesterday Wendy passed away after a long battle with cancer. I never met Wendy but know she was a gifted stitcher to say the least. Several of her guides area available for sale through Melissa Shirley. Her family has much to be proud of for Wendy’s unique gift of stitching that she shared with so many.