Recently I had an experimental session felting onto upholstery linen for the first time, using small scraps left over from other projects. ... although slightly tricky and needle-bending, the linen is very satisfying to work with, and I feel the muted natural colour of the fabric brings out the colours of the fibres.
I was working with a wonderful selection of hand-dyed fibres that I picked up at the Festival of Quilts (called a 'texture pack'), made up of scrim, viscose felt and other goodies.
I was quite surprised to find that the linen took to the felting quite well:
Then of course came the beads, couched threads and embroidery:
It measures about 11cm x 8cm.
What I learned this time was that yes, I really should have used a hoop for the beading and embroidery (I hate using hoops but linen this thick is just such a nightmare to get flat...), and that next time I would use a slightly lighter-weight linen to felt onto.
I got a bit carried away during the linen felting session though, so I have a few heavier-weight pieces to finish first - details to follow!