The new combination: Needle felting and Embroidery
Undreamt of new possibilities are opening up thanks to a relatively new machine: the so-called Embellisher, a machine for needle felting.
It looks quite similar to a sewing machine (and is thus distributed via the same channels), but you do not require thread. The felting needles are barbed, which facilitates connecting fabric and yarn.
But you can use this technique even with just a combination of needle felting needles and a brush, the so-called “Clover Set”.
There are even people, the artist Gilda Baron among them, who happily use just a thick foam as a base and a few felting needles in a holder to create great landscapes.
I myself use all three systems in their own time, as each has its advantages and disadvantages.
In any case, whatever you decide to use, needle felting is a very exciting new technique you should get involved with at some point. I recently started offering a variety of workshops on this subject, as needle felting can be combined with the most diverse techniques: embroidery by hand or machine, beads or multimedia, to mention just a few.
These felt squares can also be cut up into flower shapes, can be appliqued (as in: felted on) and embroidered on. Any Crazy stitches are suitable for this.
I felted these landscapes during the workshop “Felted Landscapes” with Gilda Baron.