Machine Embellisher Techniques – AHTV-Q01 (HD)
Machine Embellisher Techniques – AHTV-Q01 (HD)

Hi, I’m Anni, welcome back to my studio. Today I want to show you needle felting with the machine embellisher. I first was introduced to this technique
when I was… doing City and Guilds down in Washington
State with Gail Harker. It’s become one of my processes that I use to add another layer; another
dimension to my work. as the pieces evolve, I may use it or not,
so it’s not a stand-alone technique I’ll use it to add depth and more layers to my pieces so I’d like to show you a few of my
pieces and just to show you what you can do with this technique and then
we’ll get into the how-to… here is a peace with felt at the back
then a a linen piece of fabric on top it is a very open weave linen and then some hand stitching on top of that and then I used the embellishert to
push color through back-and-forth which we will get into later another piece here is a linen piece of fabric that was ‘deconstructive screen printed’ and then pieces of felt layered on and then needle felted pushed into the
linen to soften it and a third piece, again the open linen
weave which was painted with acrylic a piece of felt from behind was pushed
through to soften the color and then some threads embellished from the front and then lastly this was a piece of wool and piece of cheese cloth laid over top there was some strips of felt colored felt pushed through from the back to get
these colors and some hand stitching at the bottom. so let’s get into it So let’s talk a little bit about
the details of how this first started Needle felting has been used for a long time and it’s just a needle that has burrs on it and as you push fabrics together with the needles,the burrs blend the fabrics together so it felts them together. and so you can do it by hand; you can buy
these needles ten in a group together that you can use by hand or you can get a machine which is what we
are going to use today. I have a “Babylock” and there’s lots of
companies do them. They are very simple machines they don’t you don’t have to use any thread and there are no programs so they are very
inexpensive, simple, machines nothing can go wrong with them. So they are great! My machine, I think, has eight needles . and I also have… a head that fits onto
my regular sewing machine, my Bernina and I think other companies are getting
into that now too but I know Bernina do one. so when I am traveling I can take this with me so that I don’t have to take two machines on the road. So I have got options there. So I’d like to talk to you a little bit
about materials first before we get going I like to use a base of felt or wool because the felt accepts the needles really well and doesn’t break apart when you’re doing
a lot of needle- punching on it and it’s able to be dyed and
you can colour it I like to use a bright color at the base
so that I can punch it through from the back if I need some more color and then I use other fabrics to blend into the felt, there’s embroidery thread and more strips of felt or open weave fabrics such as a linen or cheese cloth again I can paint these or dye them to start with and these will blend into the felt
really well and soften the edges and
give us some more color I also do some hand stitching onto the piece and then needle felt it to soften it or have
the hard stitches or whatever you want in your piece ok so I have got a couple of pieces
ready to go here a piece felt and a piece of open weave linen on top so let’s try and push the color through to the front so we will start this way from the back. I won’t be doing too much speaking whilst the
machine is running and I just want to draw your attention to
how freeing this is… after using machines with threads for
so long and then suddenly you can use a machine with no thread. There is no
threading up.. it’s just start , stop start stop! so here is the yellow felt being pushed through to the
front of the soft linen. Here is another piece that I’ve got. It’s felt, again a nice bright color some cheesecloth that’s been hand dyed and a little bit of embroidery thread here. So let’s embed the three of these together from the front this
time. and there we have it the embroidery thread has now been fixed to the front and the cheese cloth as well. and another way of embellishing together is
you can actually put things in between and use from the front or the back again and use the embellisher to push the color through that
way or you can lay it on top so you can get different
effects different ways of doing it. You can experiment Now let’s show you with the ribbon first on top and you’ve got lots of bright color
because it’s on top but then we have the ribbon between the linen and the felt so let’s try a pushing from the back where
the ribbon is. So here you can see it’s much softer because we’ve got it between ,underneath
the linen, between the two pieces fabric. But you’re still getting some of the color
coming through so depends on if you want a hard line or soft line.
You can experiment. Then what I like to do is use some hand stitching, here’s a an example of what I do , I often will use a black thread and just do a few stitches I probably would be more careful in composing the peace than you see here but this is
just for you to see how I do this so there we have got a couple of hand stitches and I’ll take it to the machine and soften some of the lines So you can see here this line is much softer now as opposed
to the initial hand stitch there. So here’s a little piece that we did
mostly whilst we were filming and just to make it look finished I cut away the felt at the back a little bit and frayed the edges and it’ll end up looking like this one on the matt board it just softens the edge is a little bit You don’t have to do that .. but I quite like it that way and so with our piece that we were
working on before I can do the same again here, I can cut the edge away save all your little pieces, they work well in your next piece and then start to fray the linen so that you get a softer edge from the front. now this peace isn’t finished yet ’cause
it’s not all embellished together yet, but that’s how you can start. So today we learned about needle felting
and that we can do it by hand or machine and that there’s lots of different
fabrics that you can use to blend together you can use felt or wool open weave linens cheesecloth ribbon embroidery floss uh… in fact you can experiment! I keep all of my
little ‘throw-away’ pieces and use them to embed and play with the
embellishing machine In fact, the first time I was introduced
to the embellishing machine, I didn’t think I would use it, but gradually I realized that it has a lot
to offer and you know, often if you have a piece that you
think is not working don’t throwing away you can bring it to the embellishing machine
and play with it add pieces and it can suddenly make the peace work. so it is a great tool to have in
your your ‘back pocket’. so to speak You can make things work that maybe weren’t working before with another technique. If you have any questions about what
you’ve seen today, I’d love to hear from you. you can leave a comment
below the video or contact me on facebook or twitter Or go to my website and I’m going to leave some
links of different websites you can look at. Of different people
that you can look at, that have done a lot of machine embellishing and some of my links as well to my
pieces and I think you should try it. It’s a
great technique!

31 thoughts on “Machine Embellisher Techniques – AHTV-Q01 (HD)”

  1. Mama Paca says:

    Very nice video. I appreciate you posting this. I just got my Embellisher and really wasnt sure what I was going to do with it. Thanks so much for motivating me!

  2. Anni Hunt says:

    Thanks for your kind comment! Did you have any questions after watching this video?

  3. SuperModerngranny says:

    How do you care for felted fabric if it was on a garment?  Dry cleaning would be too costly for me.

  4. Sara Perez says:

    Can you Tell me please, how much it cost this machine? Thanks

  5. Gerri Barnes says:

    Purchased Baby Lock machine and am still looking at the box.  Thanks you for your ideas and your use of color.  

  6. Pari Gilmour says:

    I love your comment that you didn't think you would use it that much. That is how I was feeling too. But you have given me lots of ideas and I can see that with some planning and experimentation I should be able to create some very interesting pieces. Thank you so much,

  7. Mary Gorfine says:

    I enjoyed the video–my embellisher eats up delicate ribbons like the one you successfully used. I've used several bases such as 2 layers of fabric with cotton quilt batting between them, craft felt–Any thoughts about how I might gain better control? Is wool felt base the answer maybe?

  8. Kathy Gledsdale says:

    Lovely ideas and beautiful work. Just been given a machine for a very big birthday and didn't know where to start. Is Calico a kind of linen I can use as a base please? Forgive my stupidity.

  9. Ju Prieto says:


  10. Tonny Nichol says:

    Love the way you use the felting machine. Great!!

  11. rhonda roo says:

    Where are the links posted ??

  12. Lee Travathan says:

    I enjoyed this. Thank you. I got a machine for my birthday and I have been having so much fun using it in my multi media art work. Your video was helpful. I am still learning, but really see opportunity in more fabrics now. So glad I can learn from you.

  13. Aline Florizone says:

    Your videos have really inspired me. Thank you!

  14. Annelie Köster says:

    Warum, ist immer bei solch gut erklärenden Videos, kein deutscher Untertitel. Finde ich sehr sehr schade hätte Ihre Erklärungen gerne verstanden.

  15. Gillian Lait says:

    Thank you for your video.  I am a needle felt artist but just received an embellisher and am looking forward to using it.  Could you please tell me how you attach your fabric pieces to the mount board as you did with that lovely orangey one?  Thank you.

  16. TarandonDesigns says:

    I really enjoyed this. Thank you!

  17. Tammi S. Barnes says:

    Loved the whole technique! Simplicity and symmetry woven with color. I am shopping for a machine today!!! Thanks for your tutorial.

  18. Wendy B says:

    I love your tuition. I own an embellisher machine you have inspired me to really get to grips with it. Also love your accent ! Thanks for the tutorials 🤗

  19. 08squareeyes08 says:

    thank you so much for doing this tutorial, I do not have a machine yet …. but the ideas using open weave etc has inspired me

  20. Kerrie Lou says:

    I dont understand how this would be used practically (constructing clothing?)

  21. Kerrie Lou says:

    Ive never made one, would u use it in quilting?

  22. J J FUNky Threads says:

    Just love it!!!

  23. Teresa Campiño says:

    una hermosa técnica de embellecer una tela

  24. REER Activist says:

    Do you use a lot of silks in the creation of your pieces using this technique?

  25. Marshall Stephens says:

    Your small finished pieces as fine art are so very effective, sensitive and simply beautiful abstract works. They would seem so cost effective to sell on the mat board in a plastic sleeve, leaving the framing preferences to the collector. Do you

  26. Bryan Dugas says:

    This technique seems easy and open to all kinds of ideas to add to created clothing which is what I plan to do.

  27. Sylvie Thibodeau says:

    So inspiring, thank you!

  28. Jordan Joel says:

    This is amazing! Thank you. The technique is so much fun, and your video is clear and informative. I look forward to trying this.

  29. Florence Pacaud says:

    qu elle est la marque de votre machine s il vous plait

  30. Bentomama says:

    Awesome, thank you 🙏

  31. Toody Cassidy says:

    Just fabulous – and so pertinent time-wise! Fell upon you! Thanks Anni, with warm greetings from Cape Town, South Africa….Toody – a brand new machine embellisher user! So clear and informative and inspiring!!!

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