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Carpet felt padding

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​Carpet felt padding is used to create a higher, more sculptural padded effect. Before stitching the carpet felt you should chamfer the edges by holding your scissor blades against the side of the felt at an angle of 45 degrees and cutting off the top corner of the felt.

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Method

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Before stitching the carpet felt you should chamfer the edge. Do this by holding your scissor blades so that they lie flat to the side of the felt at an angle of approximately 45° and effectively cut off the top corner of felt.

2

The largest piece of carpet felt is stitched down first using a waxed double thread. Begin by laying herringbone or cross stitching over the piece to secure it in place (carpet felt is easily broken down by stitching directly into it).

3

If working with a substantial or an unusual shaped piece of felt, you should now gently work long and short stitches along the edge of the felt.

4

Any additional layers should be stitched from largest to smallest, having chamfered the edge of each to create a smooth step. You may also need to work long and short stitch around the edges of these additional layers.

5

Having stitched all the layers of carpet felt, apply a single layer of craft felt over the top using the same method to attach felt padding. This layer of felt will help trap in all the fibrous matter from the carpet felt and provide a smooth surface.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Carpet felt padding

​Not usually seen, this padding is covered by metal thread. Underneath this it can be identified as a higher, more sculptural shape of padding, stitched down using herringbone or cross stitched and perhaps also long and short stitched into place.

References

  • Helen McCook, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Goldwork (2012)