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Date: 1/8/13 6:24 PM

I am hoping someone can help me here. I want to do some Farbenmix style clothing, and it looks like the embroidery embellishments are patches. I can see the benefit of doing it that way, both as a style choice and for ease of attaching to knits.
It looks like they are done on felt...
But I am not sure. Regular craft felt? What would be stable and color fast?
Sorry...I am not able to link to it, but there is a great farbenmix flickr group for finished project photos.
TIA!

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Date: 1/9/13 3:20 AM

That polyester craft felt is all over the place and very cheap, but I think if patches made of it, the more it gets worn and washed, or even handled, the more it's going to look worse for wear, and get fuzzed out and such. Also embroidery thread tends to try to sink into it even. If you want something that would hold up, on clothes worn and washed a lot, over a long period of time, that also does not unravel for a patch and you could just cut around it leaving a unsewn edge then applique it on to kids clothes, I actually think using some ultra suede scraps would be better, would go though washer and dryer a lot better too.

Ultrasuede is kind of expensive by the yard and hard to find sometimes, but if you have any thrift stores near you, they probably have lots of older once loved Untrasuede skirts and jackets in them, and not cost very much at all. You could just even get a few of those, wash them, then you would have lots of it to cut up for using for embroidered patches even.

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Date: 1/9/13 10:34 AM

That's a terrific idea! I will look for some ultrasuede...both at the thrift store and in the scrap bins of my fav fabric stores.
I was thinking that the craft felt might be unstable and not colorfast in the wash. I didn't know of the stitches sinking in. I pre washed some real wool felt from my stash to see what would happen to it, and I can see it will felt and shrink heavily and become much too think for embroidery.

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Date: 1/10/13 7:39 AM

Now i know. Last time bought felt was back in 80's. i wanted some last week and all i could find was this weird stuff. But then I have the same problem with flannels and cottons- they don't feel like i recall when i made stuff in 60-70's.
So I am guessing i am only finding craft and quilt products.
Glad I know how to felt my own from wool.

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Date: 1/10/13 9:13 AM

I have done some applique projects with craft felt. I wanted to use felt because you don't have to worry about finishing the raw edges. Unfortunately (especially because I bought A LOT of felt before figuring this out) it is true that with repeated washings it pills and looks worse for wear. I'll look into ultrasuede. Do you have to finish the edges of Ultrasuede?

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Date: 1/10/13 6:14 PM

You won't have to finish the edges. Ultrasuede ( unless it is single sided- I found some labeled as single sided online) should be the same on both sides and can be cut just like felt.
I am hoping to get out this weekend and find some.

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Date: 1/16/13 3:52 PM

isn't it so, that crafting-felt plain doesn't wash very well? Here in Germany we buy a different sort of felt/polyester felt whatever it is... but there is craftign felt as well. Most of the sewistas here use it. all the Farbenmixers I know use it as well. I suppose this doesn't help you much...

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Date: 5/4/13 3:35 AM

I have found the best felt to use for this is Kunin Eco felt. It is made from recycled plastic- and washes very well.
http://kuningroup.com/

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Date: 5/5/13 6:42 PM

Thanks for that info. I realized after looking at the website that I had recently purchased some of this felt from JAs. Never noticed that it was a recycled fabric from post consumer waste! Why, oh why, wasn't that really highlighted at the store?
Anyway, I have some, and will give it a try for the embroidery patches.

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Date: 5/6/13 1:48 AM

Quote: Raye Ann
I am hoping someone can help me here. I want to do some Farbenmix style clothing, and it looks like the embroidery embellishments are patches. I can see the benefit of doing it that way, both as a style choice and for ease of attaching to knits.
It looks like they are done on felt.
But I am not sure. Regular craft felt? What would be stable and color fast?

Hi,one can embroidery on and make patches out of other fabrics too,then sew the patches on different items,from bags to clothing.Here and here are pictures one can find on a Swiss blog I visit occasionally.Over the years I have seen many different pictures with nice patches on the blog.One can use army blankets too,here is a picture.Or one use use fleece like in
this picture.


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