Recently I have had some request to teach people how to needle felt. Instead of just showing a demo, I thought a project with an end result would be a nice approach to this lesson. I also wanted it to be approachable and safe, so the worry of poking fingers with sharp barbs would be eliminated while getting the overall feel for the technique. (It's seriously not fun ruining a project if you bleed all over it! Yup, I did it when I was learning)
Clearly I'm still thinking about making things that will keep me warm, since I came up with this Valentine inspired scarf. Although hearts seem to be a hit around here and don't have to be saved for Valentine's.
The foundation for the scarf is a piece of wool fabric we had left over that I felted in the washing machine. When that was complete I cut the fabric to size, which is up to the wearer what length and width is favored. The secret to the shape, and the protection of fingers, is the different size cookie cutters I used. If the heart doesn't suit you, any cookie cutter shape will work. Once you get familiar with the needle felting technique you can loose the cookie cutters and advance to something like these beautiful designs by Sarah Rosensweet from sweet things designs.
I find that needle felting is a very satisfying craft, and I hope this lesson inspires those who have been thinking about it to give it a stab!