Monday, January 8, 2018

Japanese Landscape - Padding

Now that I transferred the design onto the fabric, I could start attaching the felt. I mentioned in my last post that the lines were very faint. They were easy to see under natural light but were invisible under artificial lighting. This meant that the bulk of the work had to be done during the day. Luckily, I was off from work for the Christmas holidays to I could take advantage of the daylight.

(click on the post to see the animation below)

After the felt is attached, it's time for soft string padding.

There isn't a lot of it, most of it on the central flower. This will be covered with cutwork later. It will be so pretty.

These little petals were annoying, so small and finicky.

I'm sure they will be worth it once they're covered.

Here is all the padding done. The application of the felt will make stitching much easier as I can now see the design lines. I can't wait to start filling in all the different elements of the landscape. There are flowers, hills and clouds. I just wish I knew what type of flowers they are. There is no mention in the book, so if you know what they are please let me know.


  1. I've no idea what the flowers are, but your padding is looking beautifully neat and crisp!

  2. Wow, lots of bits and pieces, but you put them together nicely. Next step will be fun for you and eye candy for me. Thanks for posting.

  3. Gosh, that is a lot of preparation work in your last three posts! I am sure it will be worth all the time spent getting everything just right. Looking forward to following your progress on this new piece

  4. That is so much padding! So neatly completed too, can’t wait for the next part!

  5. This is really nifty - thanks for the gif/video.

  6. Work that requires daylight can be annoying during the winter - I'm glad you got it done on your days off. The animation is fun, I am sure this will look so wonderful once it's all covered in gold :)