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Make It : Felt So Loved - Heart Scarf

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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 pokingĀ  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!

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Supplies: 1. Roving 2. Yarn 3. Yarn Needle 4. Needle Felting Tools 
5. Felting Pad 6. Cookie Cutters

1 Supplies: 1. Roving 2. Yarn 3. Yarn Needle 4. Needle Felting Tools 5. Felting Pad 6. Cookie Cutters

Lay felted fabric on top of the felting pad. Place cookie cutter in desired area, and fill with loose roving.

2 Lay felted fabric on top of the felting pad. Place cookie cutter in desired area, and fill with loose roving.

Hold cookie cutter in place and use Felting Pen to push fibers down, into the cloth.

3 Hold cookie cutter in place and use Felting Pen to push fibers down, into the cloth.

the cookie cutter protects fingers from getting pricked.

4 the cookie cutter protects fingers from getting pricked.

Once the roving is pretty secure, remove cookie cutter. The edge of the roving is still a little high...

5 Once the roving is pretty secure, remove cookie cutter. The edge of the roving is still a little high...

So, with the felting tool with more needles...

6 So, with the felting tool with more needles...

continue felting the area of the heart, to get the edge level with the fabric.

7 continue felting the area of the heart, to get the edge level with the fabric.

On the back side of the fabric, the shape of the heart will start to show. When it looks even on the back, the felting is done!

8 On the back side of the fabric, the shape of the heart will start to show. When it looks even on the back, the felting is done!

Backside. But how was the fringe done?

9 Backside. But how was the fringe done?

1. thread two ends of a 12

10 1. thread two ends of a 12" piece of yarn trough needle eye 2. draw needle through edge of felted fabric 3. pull needle through end loop 4. tighten knot

Complete!

11 Complete!

Comments (11)

  • What a sweet looking scarf! I'll bet it keeps you perfectly cozy on these cold February days.

  • Hi Hosanna! Thanks for the 'heartfelt' link on your blog. i like the idea to use cookie cutters- i've seen that for wet felting but not dry. i hope 2010 is treating you well, it was nice meeting you back in 2007! (wow- time flies!) Be well- Sarah

  • PS- I started a blog shortly after i was on Martha, check it out to see what i've been up to..
    http://sweetthingdesigns.typepad.com
    that baby that was in my belly at the time is a walking talking little creature now!

  • I love the idea of using cookie cutters to make the design!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Sarah!
    I have been checking in on your blog and throughly enjoy seeing the goings on in your world, and seeing that belly now a kid! wow

    And for everyone reading, since I didn't write in the post, I completely credit Sarah for introducing me to needle felting which quickly turned into a obsession of learning and testing and making. Needle felting is so cool, and like me, I find that once people get a taste and understanding, they want to do more cause it is easy. So Sarah, I thank you!

  • I love felting! It is such a satisfying activity. Glad to have found the craft dept. blog!

  • We are ready to place our orders OR bring the wine for a teach how to felt night! LOVE IT! xo

  • "give it a stab" ha! Thanks for this tutorial, of the 4 or 5 I've seen lately, it's the easiest to follow.

  • l would like the felted soap recipe, reusing soap scraps or bar soaps.
    Thank You, Lorraine

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Lorrain,
    here's the link : http://www.marthastewart.com/article/felted-stone-soap

  • thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com's done it once again! Amazing article.

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