Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Art Quilt with February StencilClub Release

Hi Everyone! Maria here...
Boy oh BOY...did I LOVE using the February 2014 StencilClub release designed by Mary Beth Shaw from StencilGirl! Not only are they incredible stencils for paintings on canvas, art journaling and papercrafting I was immediately inspired to do dome needle felting and stitching!

Here are what the stencils look like:

Let me give you a little peek into my process with them:

I started on a piece of 100% wool felt and used a kitchen cereal bowl to draw circles with a Stabilio white pencil.

Then came the stenciling part. I used gesso and a cosmetic sponge to put each of the images within the circles. Not much gesso is needed--just a little dab.

Then I began my needle felting. It is almost a little weird how much I enjoy needle felting. It is VERY relaxing to me. It is a very inexpensive way to make me smile!

Here is a video (that I have posted here before) on needle felting basics.
If you can't see the video click HERE.

So...that is where it all began. Needle felting....stitching....more stitching = Art Quilt. I have a feeling this will turn into something else at some point, but for now it makes me HAPPY!

Here are some close-up shots for you. 
If you would like to join our family of StencilClub Members we would LOVE to have you!
What better than 3 EXCLUSIVE stencils 
automatically arriving in your mailbox every month! 
One of my favorite parts of the club is our Secret Facebook Group that is a benefit of the club. So many people sharing, inspiring and encouraging each other. Just to see how each person interprets the stencils so differently each month is so exciting to me.
You can see all of the benefits of StencilClub HERE.


  1. That is very clever and inventive! Nice!

  2. This is just wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  3. Please teach a workshop on this! You could entitle it "StencilGirl Stitching!" So amazing!!

  4. oh Maria - now I will be pacing the floor while I wait for my stencil club to arrive! Love your needle felted art - thank you so much for posting this!

  5. Love it! Let's see it's cold with freezing rain humm guess that means go grab a few Stencil Girl Stencils, some wool felt a bit of colorful wool roaving, yep that maks for a great day!!

  6. Love this and that it makes me smile looking at it! The bright happy colors on the grey wool are fantastic!

  7. WoW! This is fabulous!!!! Bring your needle felting supplies next week???? Please Please Please? xoxo

  8. Looks very therapeutic. Must go on my 'to do' list

  9. What kind of fabric did you use as the base? I am going to give this a try!! Thanks for sharing:)

  10. LOVE this Maria! and using pale gesso on felt, with the stencil, is genius! thanks so much!

  11. Oh I just love this so much. Love all the stitches finishing it off. Thanks!

  12. I dont do art except for sewing/ quilting, so i am not familiar with gesso. Could i use it on wool felt as you do and free motion machine stitch over it, or will it be hard and sticky ? Thank you in advance for your advice on this as I love stencils too and would love to play with some!

  13. I "inheirted" some felting supplies, but never knew how to start. All I had seen were the cute animals, but really wasn't into that. This has opened up some real possibilities, thanks so much for sharing.


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