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Dec 2 / Jamie

‘Tis the Season

There has been a huge amount of crafting at our house of late, and I wanted to share some of the seasonal projects we have been working on.  I will try to do four posts over the next few weeks on felting, spinning/knitting, embroidery, and sewing.

Today is all about felt!

Merino wool felt

I love making felt.  It is a project on instant gratification and transformation.  Here and here are some great tutorials that outline the basic methods for turning cleaned and carded wool or roving into felt sheets.  Basically, you lay out layers of fleece on a rollable mat (I use either a sushi mat or a large bamboo window blind), wet them down with warm soapy water, roll the mat up, and rub it back and forth.  You do this, and as you progress, lift the sheet of felt and carefully turn and rotate it between rolling sessions so it felts evenly.  Once mine has become “fabric” I roll it into a towel and pop it into the washer and dryer until it is nice and dense.

Felted tree ornamentsWe have been making felted ornaments by tracing cookie cutters on the sheets of felt.  We then take all of the little leftover bits and string them together to make a garland.  I have to say, I *almost* like the garland better than the ornaments.  We have also been making felted balls and making “snowmen” out of them to hang on the tree.  Since we raise sheep, we always have tons of fiber around, and honestly, I am always looking for creative ways to use it in large quantities.  However, if you don’t have lots of fiber and still want to make felt ornaments and garland, it is super easy!

Upcycled sweater ornamentsTake some 100% wool sweaters and felt them by throwing them in the washer and dryer.  Again, here and here are some handy tutorials.  If you don’t have any wool sweaters, then go to your local thrift store and find some.  Make sure they are 100% wool.  I have in the past made wool “longies” for my babies to wear over ther cloth diapers, and made felted bags out of the bodies of the sweaters.  This time, I made stockings for each child.  I also cut out a ton of tiny tree shapes using this tutorial as a guide.  I appliqued some on the stockings and also made some stand alone ornaments.  With the extra bits, I made another garland that I have been wearing as a scarf.

There are so many fun things to do with felt, take the time to make some seasonal decorations this year.

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