This craft evolved from my initial concept. My original plan was to embroider on felt to make Christmas ornaments. Last year I appliqued and embroidered three felt ornaments. I wanted to make three coordinating felt ornaments this year with an embroidery emphasis. My original concept failed. I ended up using applique with a small bit of embroidery. But I am happy with the result.
For this project I used patterns from Aimee Ray’s “Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection”. The owl (#423), raccoon (#425), and squirrel (#428) are from page 121. The tree (#435) is from page 122. I loved that the book has a CD with images. I changed the image sizes to fit my project. Then I printed the images and used them as templates for the felt applique.
I tried to embroider directly on felt. It is difficult to transfer patterns on felt. I wanted to use the tissue paper technique but I am currently roughing it craft wise in NYC without my stocked craft room. I ended up stitching the squirrel freehand while looking at the image. I did not like the result.
In progress (I changed the color of the owl)