Holiday Stitch Exchange: Make a Needle Felted Ornament
Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 08, 2014 1 Comment
- Foam block
- Heavy Gauge Felting Needle
- 1 oz of Light Brown/golden Wool, merino and corriedale are best
- .25 oz of Red Wool
- .25 oz of White Wool
- Gingerbread Cookie Cutter
- 6" Piece of Red Yarn
- Tapestry Needle
Place your foam block flat on a sturdy surface
Take your gingerbread cookie cutter and place it in the middle of your foam block
Use your golden colored wool - open it up and tear off 2" x 1/2" chunks
Lay the pulled fiber inside the cookie cutter, creating a solid layer of wool.
Using your felting needle slowly push in the golden wool, making sure to press down the cookie cutter against the foam, carefully keeping the wool within the cookie cutter shape.
Keep your fingers away from the needle point and continue slowly punching the needle over the wool
Once the wool has become felted, you can add more wool, until the felted gingerbread reaches a felted piece of 1/2" thick
Once all the wool has been firmly attached to itself, lift the cookie cutter, then lift you gingerbread from the foam
The wool will likely be slightly attached to the foam, carefully lift peeling from each corner to keep the shape
Flip the gingerbread on the foam and place the cookie cutter back - lining up the gingerbread outline
Slowly punch your needle into the gingerbread shape, felting the fibers
The density of the gingerbread should be firm but still squishy
Remove cookie cutter and gently peel the gingerbread from the foam block
Pull a few more wisps of golden fiber and gently lay them over the gingerbread, wrapping them around
Place gingerbread over foam, keeping your fingers out of the way
Lightly punch the wisps, creating a uniform layer of wool - this will cover any needle holes, continue on all sides
To make the gingerbread's buttons, use a very tiny amount of red wool
Take a tiny piece of wool and roll it into a ball with your hands
Place the ball on the foam and gently punch it - this should make a small red, flat felt button
Once finished with the button - place it on top of the gingerbread and slowly punch the outer edges
You can test the attachment of the button by slowly trying to lift the button - it should stay put
Repeat this process for the other red button and white eyes
To make a smiling mouth - use a small amount of white fiber and make a tiny roll 1/2" long
Place it over the gingerbread and again punch very slowly attaching it in a thin mouth shape
Thread your tapestry needle with the red yarn and pull through the top of the gingerbread
Tie the two ends together and hang on tree branch
Congratulations! You have just needle felted a happy little gingerbread ornament
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Holiday Knitting & Needle Felting Party - Sunday, December 21st
Come celebrate the holidays Verb style - by knitting gifts, needle felting, eating cookies, and sipping tea!
Spend the afternoon in our studio, working on your holiday knitting or needle-felting cute ornaments! Everyone is welcome -- feel free to bring a friend and a snack to share!
Need a little help with your knitting? Stop by and get a little help with your project. New to needle-felting? Learn the basics and start on a cute animal ornament!
We have all the supplies you need available for purchase in the shop.
Bring your favorite cookie cutter or use ours! Hands on help is available!
Date: Sunday, December 21st
This event is free! No RSVP needed. Seats are limited and are first come first served.