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Posies Wool Table Mat

Felted wool, a smattering of buttons, and a touch of wool roving combine to make a tactile treasure.


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Designers: Tammy Johnson and Avis Shirer of Joined at the Hip



•    12-1⁄2 ×22-1⁄2" piece of light tan felted wool for appliqué foundation

•    18×22" piece (fat quarter) of camel checked felted wool for tongues

•    8"-square piece of green felted wool for appliqué stems and leaves

•    3×9" piece of rose felted wool for appliqué flowers

•    3×12" piece of pink felted wool for appliqué flowers

•    1⁄3 yard of cream stripe for binding

•    1⁄2 yard of backing fabric

•    Scraps of blue wool roving and pink wool roving for flowers (see Designer Notes, below)

•    36-gauge felting needle

•    78 assorted small off-white buttons

•    Lightweight fusible web

•    Foam block for needle punching


Finished quilt top: 12-1⁄2 ×22-1⁄2"


Quantities specified for 44/45"-wide cotton fabrics and 54"-wide wool fabrics. 

All measurements include a 1⁄4" seam allowance.


Designer Notes

The wool roving used for the flowers’ swirl centers is carded into a ropey length with the fibers in random directions. To use the roving for embellishing, as Avis Shirer did, remove a small section of the roving, pulling and stretching it slightly. Roll it between your fingers to even it out and make an 1⁄8"-thick strand. The only tools you’ll need are a felting needle (with burrs that blend the fibers together when the needle is punched through them) and a 3"-thick foam block. Used as a base beneath the appliqué foundation, the foam absorbs the needle tip when it is poked through the fibers from the table mat’s right side.

    “The roving is so easy to work with,” Avis says. “ After the first few needle punches hold the piece in place, you can finesse the roving into position and manipulate it slightly to get the finished look you want.”