Melting felt

I’m at it again! I bought a new heat gun today, oh my, oh my, oh my. I had *NO* clue that what I had before was a pale imitation of one. Now I know why my fabric melting experiments never worked out as well as I thought they would. But tonight’s experiment was FANTASTIC .. I am *so* happy with it!


The latest Quilting Arts magazine had an article on Stitch and Felt. It was pretty simple and comes out looking stunning so I thought I’d give it a go. The base of the fabric is Kunin felt. I thought Kunin felt was some exotic felt until I went to their web site and realized it’s the little squares that you buy in the craft store. I can even find that up here in Alaska! I think you can get it in bigger pieces too. The instructions said to stamp a design with fabric paint – so I stamped some flowers. Then you satin stitch around the edges so you have a border that won’t melt away. After that you free motion embroider the piece – really heavily on the flowers and enough to tie it all together elsewhere. Notice the felt is a nice light blue. Until you hit it with the heat gun. Oh boy, that was a blast – the new heat gun withered that felt away – I couldn’t believe it. BUT, BUT, BUT .. it stinks and you really need to wear a respirator because it puts off fumes. I need to buy one before I kill myself. Anyhow – isn’t the lacy piece awesome? See how the color changed? I love this! I bought 10 pieces of felt today so I can see a lot of practicing. I promise to get a respirator first, okay?


felt-sewn
felt-melted

15 Responses to Melting felt

  1. kai says:

    For just a minute there my brain totally FROZE – well, after ALL, it’s only 4:20 a.m., LOL! – and for the LIFE of me, I couldn’t ADD in order to post this. Goodness! Anyway, I would never have thought about melting felt! Very pretty, too! Hmmm … I’ve got enough felt here to open a store. Maybe … NAW! Toxic fumes I don’t need! Heehee! I’ll leave heat guns, experiments, and beautiful end-results to YOU!

  2. Shashi says:

    That is stunning Judi. Mmmm now my mind is working as to how I am going to get my hubby to buy me a heat gun. Once I have duped him to do so when am I going to use it/. Have to get him out of the house or else he will think I am trying to kill myself and him or burn the house down.

  3. Maryellen says:

    very cool! Now I want to try. But I need the heat gun and respirator. I do have loads of the felt.

  4. Natalie says:

    Judi-one word AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it….
    Now I have to run out and buy the magazine. I know you’ve probably been playing with this technique all day long. Have fun for me…
    Nat

  5. Sandra Corson-walker says:

    Oh my, I don’t have that issue yet. I love it!!!What an interesting piece. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  6. Kathy White says:

    I can’t believe the difference between your first and second pictures. As soon as the new Quilting Arts arrives I shall nip over and get it. You’d think Peterborough is the Back of Beyond – everybody seems to get their magazines before our Chapters does (subscription, maybe?)
    What model of heat gun did you get? Mine is about three years old…..
    KAthy

  7. jan Demetralis says:

    Darn you Judy– Now I will have to try that You make everything –so interesting–BUt I think I will wait for summer so I can work where I wont kill myself –or anyone else THat is REALLY gorgeous WHo would have thot???

  8. velia says:

    Even if it’s raining cats and dogs again tomorrow, I’m going for a het gun. I looked for one today and they were out at Joanne’s. felt I have tons, but I need the gun now that I see the fabulous work you’ve discovered for us. Thank you Judi.

  9. Tami says:

    Wow!!!! I really like the effect that you achieved with the heat gun. It’s amazing what synthetic fabrics will end up to be with just heat. Hmmm, I know that I have a heat gun somewhere – I’ll have to try this great technique this week! Thanx for the before and after shots. πŸ™‚
    Yes … you MUST get a respirator to ward against the toxic fumes.

  10. Linda Murphy says:

    Wow that is so cool….
    If I didn’t already have a chest cold I’d be trying it right now….
    Hugs,
    LindaKay

  11. velia says:

    Judi:
    You mentioned April’s Issue? No Way, all I found was Winter’s. The cover reads: Hot tips for fusing fabrics. Is that the one????
    Velia

  12. Melanie Grube says:

    Your piece is really beautiful, but I am interested in how it feels. Is the melted felt hard like solid plastic and rough where melted? If it has a soft face and is flexible, I am thinking of embroidering a full yard piece and then cut out a little jacket for my niece (1 yr).

  13. Anne Marie says:

    Neat Blog! I read that article too – and was wondering if you would share the brand of heat gun that you purchased?
    I have never used one and am asking advice on which one to buy. Thanks for the inspiration – please email me if you can,
    anne marie

  14. Sara says:

    Six years on, your blog is still engaging, funny and informative. The outcome is fantastic – I wasn’t expecting that, but as I scrolled down, it was like seeing a brilliant rainbow after a heavy downpour. Thank you πŸ™‚

  15. Jacqui says:

    I have been trying to ‘melt’ Kunin Felt unsuccessfully and would like to know what heat gun you are using. I have a Dovecraft Dual Speed Heat Gun, mainly used for embossing. The maximum wattage of craft heat guns available here in the UK is 300w but I have been told that this should be hot enough and yet I cant get the felt to melt into the filigree condition that you have achieved. What am I doing wrong? Any advice would be much appreciated as I bought loads of felt for this specific purpose. Thanks

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