I have enjoyed making and swapping felt badges on Craftster, so I was thrilled when Sophie of Threadhead agreed to a personal swap with me. She is such an amazing stitcher! We each made two felt badges, based on the other person's Pinterest.
Sophie has a lot of things on her Pinterest, so it was hard to choose just two themes for her badges, but I finally decided to go with interests that we have in common. She has a category just for fish, so I made this one first:
I cut the fish from felt free-hand; then I used a chain stitch to embroider them. I thought it would look like scales, and it does! Three shades of embroidery floss give the fish gradations of color.
For the second badge, I found a heart on Sophie's Pinterest, and I made almost an exact copy of it. I made a template to cut the heart shape, then cut the leaves and circles free-hand.
Both badges are made of wool felt and embroidery floss, and are just under 3" at their widest points. The heart has glass beads accents.
I love hearts and I think this one is gorgeous, but it is the fish badge that got all the comments when I posted pictures on Craftster!
I mailed these (from the U.S.) to Sophie in England on Friday and she received them on Wednesday--that's fast! I hope hers come to me just as quickly. I think I'll go check the mailbox right now!