Felt Frames, Embroidery Patterns, and Christmas Fun

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been away so long. I didn’t mean for it to happen, but things just seem to get away from me sometimes. I have been busy with lots and lots of little things off-screen, and that, combined with really limited internet time, makes for a bad blogger, at least for me.

But, I do have something to share. It’s just a little thing for now, with more to come later. I’ve started actually making things for my Etsy shop. Really. I’ve re-listed my two embroidery patterns, the Nativity Set and the Car Set, if you’re interested. Also, I’ll be adding some hand-made items a few at a time. The first is this set of three wool felt pictures frames.

So check it out if you’re interested. I hope to have more to share by the end of the week.

Have you started Christmas crafting? I’ve been in the thick of it for a while now, but I love it. I probably won’t be showing much ’til after Christmas, since the people I craft for read this blog, but I’m excited. What projects are you working on? Do you have any must-make kids projects (not that I need to add more to my list)?

Thanks for sticking with me. Have a great evening!


Needle Felting, Take 2

Can you guess what I thought when I saw this stuff?

Nope. I was not thinking of some cute crochet pattern that I wanted to whip up over the weekend. Nor was I contemplating trying my hand at knitting, though I had recently found some very accessible tutorials here that looked temptingly simple to try.

No, I was thinking of how I could try stabbing bits of this repeatedly with a sharp, barbed needle to make some lovely little thing with it. You see, I found this yarn at JoAnns, and I was pleasantly surprised at the 100% Peruvian wool content and the lovely colors, since I had previously thought that they carried only a very limited selection of boring natural-fiber yarns.

What particularly intrigued me about this yarn was that there wasn’t really a visible ply (I hope that’s the right word). See:

It looked almost like really thin, rolled up strands of roving. I thought, “This stuff is perfect for needle felting.” So, with a slew of 40- and 50% off coupons, I bought a of couple skeins for a good price.

I could hardly wait to get tapping with my little needle. Here’s my first test swatch.

And here’s what the back looked like:

So quick and so fun. I’m not really sure where to go from here, but I don’t have time to worry about it right now, because I have several bigger projects in the works that I must finish before I lose my momentum. But you can certainly expect some lovely little needle-felted things in the (near?) future.

Needle (Nuno) Felting

About a year ago I got some of this on a whim:

Nothing special, just some hanks of roving (think that’s the correct terminology).  Then, recently (like a month ago) I got some of these needles.

And then just a couple of weeks ago I got this bristly, scrub-brush looking thing, and it all came together.

So much fun. It was kind of therapeutic, just sitting there tap-tap tapping away, with the felt making a soft swooshing sound. It was a very satisfying little project, and it didn’t take much time at all to make these two little circles on a scrap of linen.

I’m already imaging all the possibilities with this medium, and I’m trying to work up the courage to try straight-up needle felting (i.e., 3-D objects). Right now I’m picturing several fabric baskets with needle-felted embellishments. How about you? Right now I’m thinking of a couple embellished fabric boxes. What would you make with needle felting? Any tips on needle or nuno felting?