Got Wool? Let's make a wool smoothie......
What is a wool
smoothie? if you've ever worked with felted wool or woolfelt you know
it's a wonderful medium to create with. It comes in many luscious colors
and textures and is a fabulous fiber to embellish with hand or machine
One drawback is when it comes to piecing a seam with
felted wool. Because it is a thicker, bulkier material, the seams are
thick and bulky too. Using Whisperlite as a super lightweight foundation
will allow you to make a pieced wool project without the bumpy, lumpy
seams that traditional piecing would produce. This can be used with
either felted wool or woolfelt.
So.....lets make a wool smoothie.
a piece of Whisperlite 1" larger than the size of your finished
project. Using painters tape, tape the Whisperlite to a flat surface.
using a regular #2 pencil, draw a 1/2" border around all 4 sides.
In this tutorial demo, I am making a table runner.
your felted wool, or Woolfelt pieces for your project to size, but DO
NOT add seam allowances. i.e. if your pattern says to cut a 2-1/2"
square, cut a 2" square instead.
In a well ventilated
area (or outside) spread out some newspaper or an old towel, and spray
baste the backside of the wool with your favorite quilt basting spray.
~ do not over saturate with basting spray. It only takes a light spray
to work. Do not use spray adhesive...it will gum up your sewing needle
and your sewing machine something awful.Beginning at one end, or one
corner, begin placing your spray basted wool pieces onto the Whisperlite
foundation. Pat in place. Position the wool shapes side by side, with
no gaps, and no overlaps. Layout several pieces at a time.
Whisperlite foundation allows you to create a "pieced" wool project
without lumpy, bumpy, thick seams.... but it is so lightweight you won't
be adding extra stiffness or extra weight to your project. Hence ~ a wool
smoothie. Read on......
you have placed several pieces in place you will stitch them down to
the Whisperlite foundation using decorative, bridging stitches. You can
do this by hand (if you love hand embroidery)
or by machine.
For this project I used a 30 weight variegated thread, and two different machine stitches.
a stitch that "jumps" from one side to the other, left and right, so
you stitch into both pieces of wool as you "stitch in the ditch". I make
a stitch legend on a scrap of felted wool to refer to as I work on my
project. I also write the stitch number and length/width of the stitch
on the legend.
On my machine I used stitch # 55 and stitch #10.
adding your wool pieces and stitching them in place. You will have a
nice smooth finished project. Perfect for table toppers, mug rugs and
You can also make mini wool quilts as shown below.
mini was made using 1" squares. I drew a 1" grid on the Whisperlite
foundation. For this little quilt I spray basted the Whisperlite
foundation, instead of spray basting the wool pieces.
The image below shows an applique over a wool smoothie pieced wool background.
No lumps under your applique!
Make a Wool Smoothie today. Whisperlite tracer is available by the yard and is 42" wide.
Click here to place your order for Whisperlite tracer foundation.