Trending now are luxurious techniques applied to felt, adding movement and dimensionality to this classic texture. Subtly embroidered felt recalls classic men’s suit fabrics or luxurious throws. Embroidery in meticulously irregular patterns creates more active movement and textures that resemble the dimensionality of quilting. Machine quilting in classic diamonds or unusual organic shapes also creates 3D textures that break up large expanses. Printed patterns by Kirei fool the eye into seeing seemingly layered, 3D patterns, while Maya Romanoff uses 3D ink that looks just like embroidered thread. The stability and rigidity of felt lends itself perfectly to creating dimensional effects by using these high-craft techniques. The marriage of classic techniques and a classic material results in effects that are surprisingly contemporary.
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