Interweave has compiled a wonderful series of Quilting Arts articles on handwork into a beautiful new ebook Hand Sewing. What a nice surprise to find out my article on making felted wool ornaments from the first Quilting Arts Gifts issue is included. There are also articles by Jane LaFazio, Victoria Gertenbach, Rose Hughes and Jude […]
I know it’s barely Thanksgiving, but it’s time to start making felted wool ornaments! They make great hostess gifts for holiday parties and are perfect for ornament exchanges. Warning: once you start making these, it may be really hard to stop. Decorating felted wool balls with felt cutouts and embroidery floss makes for the perfect portable […]
To make felted pumpkins you will need: wool roving in pumpkin colors left over yarn, wool works best but other fibers will work too pantyhose orange and green embroidery floss or pearl cotton long embroidery needle scissors. You can also make Dia de los Muertos skulls too, by making white felted balls. Cut 2 oval pieces […]
Fall is in the air! The weathers turning, it’s cool outside and we actually got some sprinkles of rain today in drought stricken Northern California. I love autumn, it’s my favorite time of year and I love having the symbols of fall, like pumpkins and gourds, decorating my house. A few years ago ,I began making […]
While I was poking around on Pinterest I saw quite a few pretty dyed eggs and thought it might be fun to make some felted eggs. After all they aren’t going to spoil between now and Easter 🙂 It might be fun to also add some decorative stitching with embroidery floss and adding some cut out […]
With the holidays here, I thought it would be a good time to repost my tutorial on making felted wool ornaments. To make the ornaments shown in the 2008 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls. Warning: once you start making these, it may be really hard to stop. To […]
Jennifer from Canada left a comment on my felted pumpkin post asking about the stitching on the skulls so I thought I would post a few close ups to show how I stitched mine. I think one could really do any kind of colorful stitching and they would look great.
To make felted pumpkins you will need: wool roving, yarn, pantyhose, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, and scissors. You can also make little day of the dead skulls too, by making white felted balls adding black felt eyes and stitch nose, mouth and decorative designs like flowers and x’s with colorful embroidery floss. By the way, […]
To make the ornaments shown in Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls or you can buy pre-felted balls from the Artgirlz or Quilting Arts. I like to make felted balls myself because I can have fun playing with colors and shapes. How to make the felted balls is explained in the […]
I think we will all be making a lot more gifts this year with the present state of our economy. I don’t know about you, but our budget’s pretty tight these days. These felted and stitched wool ornaments are a fun economical gift to make. You can find the directions in the new Quilting Arts […]
These have turned into the best portable project. Everything I need fits in a couple baggies. Yesterday, while at my kids teen gathering at the local coffeehouse I stitched three of these. I made one while sitting at a doctors appointment and a few more watching tv with the family. The wool is wonderful to […]
Following up several other blogsters that have been showing their creches, this is the creche I made with my daughter about 12 years ago when she was 4. We made it out of sculpy. Here’s a few mored felted ball ornaments.
These ornaments were made from felted balls that were leftover from last years felted ball ornaments. This year I cut out wool felt shapes and sewed them on with embroidery floss.
Since I can’t work on any quilt projects right now I have been knitting a lot and now making felted beaded christmas ornaments. They are lots of fun to make, they feel so nice and are fun to stitch into. I would really like to start stitching with some embroidery floss on some but i […]
Jen asked how to make the felted balls. First you order some gorgeous wool roving from somewhere like Outback Fibers. Roll up little balls of roving adding thin layers of diffferent colors you like to the outside. Be sure to spread the fibers out into very thin layers crossing each at 90 degrees. Sometimes I […]