Easy Needle Felting in Cookie Cutters

Hello friends! We are on a little felting kick here at our home. In my opinion an easy way to needle felt any shape is to do it on a metal cookie cutter! Especially when starting out.

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Aren’t they cute? All these beauties need are a bit of lovely thread and we have new ornaments for our tree, and for gift giving! They make cute embellishments for your wooly items, you just felt the completed shape onto your scarf, hat, sweater, purse etc. They are also beautiful scattered on a holiday table.

Tools For the Trade:
1. Wool Roving
2. Needle Felting Needles
3. Foam Block
4. Metal Cookie Cutter

WOOLPETS on Etsy is very reliable, I have bought and used their products, and have given them as gifts. If you live in the Oak Park, Il. area, they carry a variety of Woolpet’s felting supplies at Geppettos Toy Box. You can easily find supplies online, even Joann carries them. Here in Illinois there is a lovely Fiber Haven called Esther’s Place Fibers in Big Rock, Illinois, about an hour drive from Chicago. They have their own sheep and teach a variety of Fiber Art classes there. The supplies they carry are of fantastic quality and much more affordable for me personally, AND they have a ramp! So it is accessible! Woo Hoo! Love them!

If you are new to felting, my last post provided a link to a Google list of You Tube videos for felting. I will be starting a You Tube Channel in the New Year, so stay tuned! But for now HERE is a link to a You Tube demo on felting in cookie cutters. I hope you enjoy the process, feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Felting!

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Needle Felted/Wet Felted Acorns and a Dollar store alternative!

Hello Friends! If you are reading in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving! If you are a friend from afar then Happy Day to you! May your day be full of joy and gratitude!

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To celebrate our teachers and show them our gratitude this Thanksgiving, we made them each cards from the previous post and these Felted Acorn Necklaces. I used to Needle Felt and Wet Felt years ago and motherhood brought me back to the old art form to teach and pass on to Penelope. Aren’t they so cute?

Acorns fall from the trees here in the Midwest during the Autumn months and you can find the caps scattered about. Penelope had quite a collection, as it is super fun for her to find them and save. They are easily available for purchase online if you don’t have them where you live. I’ll have links below.

FELTING: In in order to speed up the wet felting process for Penelope who is 6, I Needle Felt the roving to firm it up a little, before giving it to her to wet felt into shape. This way she can play with the water and soap suds and not get tired of the process. Like most of the Fiber Arts, the process of felting can take quite a bit of time.

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Everyone has their own technique. I do Needle Felting first, then Wet Felt afterwards. Click HERE for a Google search listing of You Tube felting videos.

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One of the Orange balls is a Dollar Store pom pom ball, you may use that instead, they are just as cute!

ALTERNATIVES:  If you do not felt, no problem! You may purchase colorful felted balls online (HERE is a Google list) along with the acorn caps HERE. OR go to your local Dollar Store or Craft shop and buy a pack of colorful pom pom balls instead!

FINAL TOUCHES: Glue the ball to your acorn cap using a hot glue gun or tacky glue and voila, done! But wait, there’s more! If you want to add thread to make an ornament for your tree, a lovely napkin tie, or a beautiful necklace, you will need a drill, I used a 1/16 drill bit as our caps were tiny. Make 2 holes, one on each side of the center of your Acorn Cap and thread your string through before gluing. We made napkin ties for the table setting, necklaces, and ornaments for hanging, I am going to hang one off the rear view mirror of my car! Woo hoo! Happy Crafting and Connecting. I am so grateful to each and every one of you dear readers!

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A Pretty Little Wall Hanging AKA Pretty up some sticks! A Things To Make With Sticks Craft

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We made some pretty little wall hangings out of felted wool balls, sticks we’ve collected, bits of string and yarn, stickers, paper bits, washi tape and a little owl charm. They were gifts Penelope was giving to her teachers and, I thought they were lovely. If you have never felted before, no worries you can purchase felted wool balls at craft stores and Etsy or use pom poms instead. Pom poms come in different sizes and you can find them in any craft aisle or craft store. Dollar stores carry them as well. I needle felt (ouch! Those needles can be painful) and had a lot of these around from garland making. I love garland making, felting the balls not so much lol! We have made a variety of things with sticks this summer so I suppose this is Post number 1: Things to make with sticks! Let’s get this show on the road:

Tools For the Trade:

1. Sticks

2. String, Embroidery Thread, Yarn– For stringing the felted balls you will need a thinner thread such as Embroidery Floss or Sewing Thread so that you can push it through a needle and then through each ball. The yarn may be used for decorative wrapping but it would be too thick for stringing.

3. Needle– We used an embroidery needle with a large eye.

4. Felted balls or pom poms

5. Embellishments of your choice. We used an Owl Charm and little bits of Washi tape, a sticker, and paper bits.

6. Glue– We used Tacky Glue

The How To:

I always start out by just laying things down on the table and letting Penelope explore. Originally she wanted the balls hanging down in strands but that soon evolved into a single curve.

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After lining the balls up she decided she liked the single curve so we went with that design.

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I threaded the needle with embroidery floss, blue was her color pick, and she went to work threading.

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Penelope wanted the owl bead hanging down the middle, so it was an opportunity for me to dust off my jewelry making tools and put in a silver bead to act as talons and use a head pin to make a hanging loop. It had been many years since I had used these supplies and it felt good to have them in my hands again.

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She wrapped the ends of the Embroidery floss onto the stick and slathered with glue. She then wrapped yarn around the stick and hung the owl. An Ice Cream sticker finished it off and our gift was complete and ready for giving.

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This is the second one we made later that evening, no owl just little bits of paper, tape, and a sticker.

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I think they are just darling! And most importantly they were made with a lot of love and thoughtfulness.

I hope you enjoyed this craft, and I hope that it inspires you to go out and pretty up some fallen sticks! Happy Crafting from our home to yours!

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