Felting Technique

Embroidering without threads but with a special needle that felts the fibers together. The effect of the embellishment can be changed dramatically by using different types of fabric / wool.

You need the Felting Embroidery Set available for purchase at your dealer store.

Fabrics

Just about any fabric can be felted with the Felting Embroidery Set, however, some fabrics tend to give a more favorable result when embellished or laundered. The recommended fabrics are those that are made from natural fibers, such as wool and wool roving. The best characteristic for fabrics is a napped or textured surface. A napped surface will adhere to a natural fiber/napped surface/or mixed fiber base. Avoid synthetics with “wash and wear” type of weaves and finishes that have a smooth surface. The effect differs from fabric to fabric. Always test on a piece of material before you start.

Hooping

When embroidering with the felting needles, no threads are used. The fabric is hooped with the right side facing down.  When embroidering free-standing designs or when using wool roving, a water soluble stabilizer is needed.

Free Standing Embroidery

Hoop water soluble stabilizer. Place wool roving on the hooped stabilizer. Place another piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the wool to keep it in place. Embroider the design. Cut away excess roving and stabilizer. Dissolve in luke warm water. Note: Always clean the bobbin area after finishing your design.

One-Layer Embroidery

Hoop the fabric to be embroidered with the right side down. Embroider the design. Note: Always clean the bobbin area after finishing your design. Note: Denim is a great fabric choice for a distressed look.

Multi-Layer Embroidery

Hoop the fabric to be embroidered with the right side down. Place another piece of fabric (right side down) on top. Embroider the design. Cut away excess fabric or roving. Tip: The fabric placed on top will be felted to and visible on the ”right side” of the hooped fabric.  Tip:  You can also place wool roving on top of the hooped fabric.

If doing so, place a water soluble stabilizer on top to keep the wool in place. Embroider the design, and remove the stabilizer.

Note: Always clean the bobbin area after finishing your design.

These designs are available as free downloads on husqvarnaviking.com where you find the Felting Embroidery Set

Tip: You can find step-by-step instructions on all different embroidery techniques in the JoyOS Advisor™ on your machine.
They are divided in different categories and sub categories. From Basic embroidery to cutwork, felting and other specialty techniques.