Incorporating an assortment of textiles not only adds visual interest to your projects but it can also add unique textures too. The background of this canvas is layered with several different types of textiles and each layer adds beauty and texture. When I started this canvas I knew I wanted to create a somewhat monochromatic background as I wanted the felted heart embellishment to be the main feature. I decided on creating a soft cream background but knew I could not just go with one piece of fabric. I love to add texture and dimension to all my projects so I needed at least three textile layers.
Once I had my game plan mostly figured out, using fabric adhesive I attached a piece of cream colored wool felt to the canvas. After the felt was attached I decided on adding a layer of sheer vintage lace. By having the cream wool felt underneath the vintage lace, the lace design was emphasized and became more prominent. Now I needed just one more layer to cover the lace. I knew I didn’t want one that would be overpowering or take away from the felted heart and it is then, that I remembered I had this awesome vintage doily table runner. So I dug it out and started measuring and cutting away. This worked perfectly because the holes in the table runner allowed just enough of the wool felt and lace to peek through. I now had a background filled with visual interest, dimension and texture. My background was complete and ready to be accented with the felted heart, a few vintage buttons and an embroidered piece of muslin with word peace.
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