Double Trouble Online Class & Kit Mixed Media Raccoons Beginner Friendly, Art Quilting, Needle Felting, Fiber Art


Are you ready for some good trouble? Take part in Double Trouble: Mixed Media Raccoons! Needle felt two baby raccoons peeking out from a stitched tree hollow. In the process, you will gain new fiber arts skills. Your purchase includes a lovely kit and access to the online class for six months. The online class provides helpful videos to guide you through every step of the process. You may choose to frame your picture in a frame with an 8-inch by 8-inch opening or an 8-inch by 10-inch opening.

Using wool and felting needles, you will create baby raccoons with dimensionality and expression. You will learn the basics of needle felting, including techniques for molding wool into shapes. While the project is suitable for those who are new to needle felting, participants will enjoy exploring techniques for creating life-like eyes and incorporating fine details, such as whiskers.

Students will be exposed to a variety of options for stitching and coloring their tree hollows. Straight stitching works effectively. In addition, students will learn how to create a meandering zig-zag stitch and engage in bobbin work and couch threads and yarn. Karen will demonstrate how to use colored pencils and pastel pencils to shade the hollow. You are welcome to use other mediums as well.

The videos do not contain closed captioning.


If you would like to purchase the online class without the kit, you may do so here:

The kit contains wool, wool felt, felting needles, tree fabric, hollow fabric, fusible, yarn, stabilizer, Thermolam batting, a template, horsehair for whiskers, and a 5.5 - inch by 6-inch felting mat.

A frame is not provided. If you do not want to frame your project, you will want to obtain backing and fabric, and binding.

You will also need the following additional items:

A sewing machine in good working order with the ability to do a zig-zag stitch, an open-toed foot or walking foot is preferred for couching yarn, an 80/14 or 90/14 topstitch needle is preferred, a needle with an eye large enough for a horse hair, a pen, ruler, small scissors, cutting matt, rotary cutter, super glue or other fabric glue, spray adhesive, iron, pressing sheet, various threads to stitch the trunk of your tree such as cotton thread in medium and dark brown, Valdani Pearl Cotton Thread size 8 in brown and light brown (I like “Muddy Bark” and “Skin Tones”) if you want to give bobbin work a try or wish to couch it to the surface of the hollow, or any thread/yarn that you prefer.

You will have the option to color your hollow. If you choose to do so, you will need textile medium, an inexpensive small, flat acrylic paint brush, and colored pencils or pastel pencils. I will demonstrate how to use colored pencils and pastel pencils. I used Prismacolor pencils (sienna brown #945, burnt ochre #943, dark umber #947, and Carbothello pastel pencil #1400/640. I used a colorless colored pencil blender. You will accomplish much the same effect with textile medium and a paintbrush. The pencils are not included in the kit. You may choose to use colored pencils or you may choose to use an alternative to color the hollow. For example, any acrylic paint can be made into textile paint with the addition of textile medium. Inktense colored pencils, ink pens, watercolor pencils acrylic inks all make for good choices as well. The sky is the limit. Feel free to use what you have on hand!

If you chose to use a frame with an 8-inch by 8-inch opening, you will cut through your stitched hollow. You can preserve your stitching with a line of straight stitches right at the edge of your artwork or you might prefer to use Fray Check.

Optional: Clover pen or multi-tools. You can complete this project with only needles, but a multi-tool will help you to felt in the wool more quickly. It is absolutely not a requirement for this class).

To access the class online, you will need:

A computer or mobile device that has an internet browser you can log in with.

It is recommended to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser, iPhone/iPad users can download Google Chrome onto their devices.

Make sure your computer or mobile device and browser are fully up to date.

A reliable and steady internet connection.

The class and kit are not refundable.

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