This kit was a gift from a friend and was also purchased from Material Obsessions in Australia. If you would like to buy your own kit or just take a closer look Click Here. The kits come complete with the bag and felt for applique and covering the bag. Kathy at Material Obsession told me that this is 100% wool felt that they import from Italy. It is different from the felted wool I use most of the time which has a softer weave. Now, one is 100% felted wool and one is 100% wool felt - it is easy to get confused. Just remember that the wool felt is stiffer and flatter and is perfect for this type of project. Felted wool is a softer weave which means it is easier to stitch through and provides more dimension when layering. Speaking of confusion..... this is much higher quality than the felt you find at a craft or hobby store.
I changed the pattern a bit from what was in the kit to highlight the bird and added the circles so it coordinates with my other bag. I added a Back-Stitch around the bird and Fly Stitches on the tail and breast with Sea Grass, a little charm for the bird to carry in its beak and a hand-made bead for the eye. There are Bullion Knots around the wing with Straight Stitches and French Knots around the circles.
When the applique was finished a simple whip stitch over the bag's edging completed it. Other than the Sea Grass, all of the other stitches were Pearl Cotton size 8 in both Valdani and Painter's Threads.
Check back tomorrow to see my newest project
"Crazy for Embellishment"