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Needle Felted Cuff Bracelet

Designed by Liz Kettle

 

 

 

Felted Cuff
This bracelet is a serendipitous creation. I approach many of my needle felted projects with a, "let's see what this does" attitude. Personally, I find this one of the joyful aspects of using a felting machine. So many stitch tasks require attention to detail and with the Simplicity® Deluxe Felting Machine I forget planning, give up control and design on the fly, allowing my intuition to guide my work. Pure bliss!

This cuff is a great project for using bits that are left over from other projects. I use a lot of silk and vintage fabric scraps in my felting. I add silk and wool roving as an additional layer of color and texture. The techniques here can be used to create many different types of needle felted projects, from book covers to evening purses.

- Liz Kettle

Materials Needed:

  • Simplicity® Deluxe Felting Machine 881482
  • Wool or acrylic felt fabric for base of cuff
  • Assorted fabrics such as silk organza, hand-dyed silk, silk/rayon velvet, sheers and thin cottons
  • Assorted fibers: silk and wool roving
  • Assorted yarns and fibers that have a lot of texture
  • Decorative button and 10" of ribbon for closure
  • Small scissors

Instructions:

  1. Measure your wrist and add 1-1/2" to that measurement to determine the length for the base. Determine the width you prefer. The cuff shown here began as 2" wide. Your base may grow a bit at you felt into it.
  2. Cut your chosen fabrics into thin strips or small pieces. Whenever possible I tear my fabrics in order to achieve a softer edge.



  3. Place one of your strips of fabric on your cuff base and felt into the base. You can see that my first piece of fabric is a scrap that is oddly shaped.



  4. Continue adding pieces of fabric until most of the base is covered.



  5. Next add wool and silk roving. I am adding curly wool fibers. These curly fibers add a delightful movement.



  6. The more layers you add the more intriguing your cuff will be. Add sheer fabrics in little bits to integrate into the surface. In these two photos you can see the silk organza I am adding. The organza is very shreddy, so after felting it has melted into the surface.




  7. I really liked this silk organza – it is my favorite color so I wondered how it would look as a ruffle edge. I cut strips of organza and working from the back side of my cuff, I felted one edge of the organza to the edge of the cuff base.



  8. For my final layer I felted in some sari yarn and other fibers. When using sari yarn and other chunky fibers I untwist them slightly as I felt them onto the surface. This helps to avoid broken needles.



  9. For a closure, I added a vintage button 1-3/4" from the end. On the other end I hand stitched a length of ribbon to the back. To secure the cuff simply wrap the ribbon around the button. I added a bead on the ribbon for weight. As an alternative you could use a magnetic strap or make a buttonhole.

About the Designer:


Liz Kettle is a mixed media and textile artist living in Colorado. She is co-author of 2 books, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics and Beyond and Threads: The Basics and Beyond. Liz loves teaching and sharing the joy of making stuff in her articles, classes and workshops. Visit her blog and web site, www.TextileEvolution.com.

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