Tag: felt

Christmas Ornaments and a felt star revisited

Last year I made the glorious felt star from the Purl Bee Blog in extra large as a tree topper. Although it looked good, I secretly wished I had stuffed it. The arms looked wonky and wrinkled (although I used a 2nd layer of felt on the inside to stabilize it) and it was not easy to make it look even and smooth.

This week, I cut up the links between the two stars and made a cross cut in the middle of the back to add some light stuffing. Then I stitched the links together again – no need to close the cuts in the middle since they are in the middle of both stars and not visible. Also you can add or take out more stuffing if you are not entirely happy with it, later. So here are the results:

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I promised you a picture of the 3 christmas ornaments and here they are:

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This door is my absolute favorite. The wreath is so beautiful to stitch up and I think I could use it for some christmas cards. The pattern is the “Sweet Home Ornament Set” by Alicia Paulson.

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Olaf in a tin

My little niece celebrated her birthday this weekend.Looking for handmade gifts in Pinterest I found this incredibly cute mouse in bed in a tin box, that I wanted to make quite a long time. Luckily I had one, which had a not-so-much-childfriendly quote with gummibaers on it. I sanded the print and painted it with 2 layers of white acrylic paint. In the 2nd layer I sprinkled some iridescent very small paillettes.

My niece is into “Frozen” like many girls nowadays (and I can’t blame her for that) and at first I wanted to make an Elsa doll (and maybe a 2nd as Anna), but it turns out if you don’t have the right felt tone for skin, everything looks weird. And I failed at the face and hair and then I decided to go with Olaf, because nobody can ruin a snowman.

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I attached little patches of pink felt to the blanket to make it look like a cozy quilt. I glued in the yellow base felt and the window.

The red reindeer was a dala horse first, then I decided there should be a reindeer. Luckily my niece was smart enough to recognize it at first sight.

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She loved it immediately! I know I would have loved it as a child, too. Tiny things certainly have their own charme.

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socks and felting

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I knitted a pair of socks out of the Finkhof sockyarn. It’s thicker than the usual sockyarn – I would say it’s like a 6ply sockyarn. I used 50 stitches to make them and used a knit and purl pattern for the leg part forming a plain stockinette triangle in the front. My feet look really big in the picture, I was wearing a second pair of woolen socks underneath. The new socks are for really cold times or guests to pull over.

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The kids and I tried out felting balls. I had a small stash of wool for spinning and we watched this video (it’s in german – here is an english one) and started right away. I have to admit felting is not my cup of tea at least wet felting. I have not yet tried out needle felting but it seems to be more relaxing than wet felting to me – after all I like working with needles. The white ball with the brown wrapping has a rattle inside and is for the cats to play with. I have not yet got the hang of making a perfectly round ball yet. One side is plain and beautiful and the other side is a crumbly mess. I guess it’s a matter of practice and P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E.

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Joining in with Ginny and Nicole.

Reconsidering

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At the beginning of every project there is an idea. Sometimes it cirles around my head a long time before I have a clear vision of it, sometimes I can start right away. The project I’m working on right now is one of those long term ideas. The drawing you see above is from 2013. The day I made this sketch I also painted a large painting from it with acrylic paint – in 4 hours. When you are in the zone you just HAVE to paint – nothing else is of interest. Phases like these are so productive it’s hard to believe later on how you made it in such a short time.

The theme with the mountain and the crystals and the stars never let go of me. The painting is sitting on the sideboard the living room so I see it all the time. It’s one of those paintings that stand for a certain period of my life. This is now.

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It’s not a surprise, that I had the urge to implement this picture in my textile passion, too. So I started with a felt underground and white thread to outline the greater picture – it’s difficult to transfer motifs to thick dark felt so I stitched without transfering.

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When the outlines where done I realized, this is not going to work the way I wanted it to look like. Sometimes things look different in your head than in the finished object. So why continue if it’s not even in the right position – and too small the size?

The scissors made their entrance and removed the unloved stitches spreading over the felt. Don’t fear starting over. Life is too short to make stuff you don’t like while you are doing them!

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After some reconsideration I changed the concept and cut out felt triangles randomly. Like a puzzle! First I glued them slightly on the felt, then appliquéd  with matching threads (1strand of 6stranded embroidery thread – sewing thread works well, too).

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Now we are going somewhere! I love the colors and it’s so easy to sew on felt patches. Now I’m off to beginning the mountain and stars section. We’ll see how it will turn out.

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Sewing along with the Keep Calm and Craft On folks.

new pattern: snowflake felt ornaments

This collection of felt tree ornaments comes with 7 different patterns and 1 variation.

Step-by-Step pictures and written instructions make it very easy to progress through this pattern. The ornaments range between beginner and medium level.

Included are:

  • 7 patterns ready to print
  • step-by-step shots and instructions
  • detailed material list and additional instructions for each snowflake
  • picture of each finished snowflake
  • instructions how to make the ornament reversible
  • instructions in german and english

The patterns use very basic embroidery stitches, so if you are new to embroidery don’t get intimidated. The embellishments are made in running stitch for the most and for some you need to know how to do the daisy stitch which is a kind of chain stitch. You can easily omitt the embellishments if you don’t feel like it!
Buy here:   craftsy dawanda etsy kollabora makerist

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Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

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These two felt flowers are easy to make and don’t need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make.

For one flower you need:

– 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt

– scissors

– sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;))

When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don’t know if that’s the right word, it’s very strong glue).

You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the vintage looking brass ones here in my Etsy shop.

Etsy Lab in Berlin – felt accessories

I did an Etsy Lab in Berlin yesterday. We made felt hairpins and brooches. Lot’s of fun and new ideas everywhere. I’m adding the hairpin supplies to the shop today and some tutorials on how to make the felt flowers will pop up during the next days here on the blog.

PS: Laura who has attended my workshop has posted her finished hairpins on her blog.

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