This year I decided to try my hand at making some needle felted Christmas ornaments. I got inspired last year when I saw a blog post by my friend Diane Ptaszynski over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog. (You can see her tutorial HERE.) I was intrigued by the idea and already had some wool roving that I had bought to felt some beads and focals... now I just needed to collect some cookie cutters and better needles. I gathered my supplies this fall and got busy once everything had arrived!
Here are a couple of process pictures... First, me getting all stabby on a Christmas Tree. I love that, assuming the cat would let me have my lap, I could work on these while stretched out on the couch watching bad tv or movies!
After getting the tree shape all felted, I started playing with how I wanted to embellish the design. Thanks to Heather Powers for teaching me some basic bead embroidery on the Bead Cruise a few years ago! (She also taught me how to needle felt and lit that initial spark in me.)
Now, drumroll please, I introduce to you my very first three needle felted ornaments! I'm pretty pleased with how I was able to felt the eyes and nose of the snowman as well as the top of the stocking. The snowman's hat isn't quite how I'd like it, but I still think it works. I've gotten a new set of metal cookie cutters since I did these three and I think the new snowman cutter is going to give a more distinct hat shape. Time will tell! I had a large gauge needle that I bought to work with deerskin leather lace that worked great for pulling the ribbon through. My last step for the tree ornament was to felt some extra wool roving to the back to cover the threads from the embroidery.