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Make It : Dip Dye & Make Art!

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Before our Holiday break, you might have seen me on the show with Martha demoing a fairly simple project— felt animal art. Materials needed are minimal—RIT dye, white wool felt, an embroidery hoop and imagination. For this winter series I chose Evening Blue so it would resemble the the deep blue ocean or a cold night sky against the frozen earth. The project was inspired by Jude's Arctic tapestry from last winter season. I took that project down a notch to make it more approachable and affordable. A yard of 100% wool felt is available online at Aetna Felt for half the price it sells for locally here in NYC. With just a yard of felt and a single dye bath, you can create multiple pieces to display on a wall. Embroidery hoops are sold in most craft stores, but sometimes you can find a good lot of them on Ebay for even less!

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Wall with collage of embroidery hoop felt winter animals.

1 Wall with collage of embroidery hoop felt winter animals.

Sitting polar bear.

2 Sitting polar bear.

The polar bear that Martha demoed.

3 The polar bear that Martha demoed.

One of many little penguins.

4 One of many little penguins.

Did you know that you will never find a polar bear living with a penguin because they are from opposite sides of the earth!

5 Did you know that you will never find a polar bear living with a penguin because they are from opposite sides of the earth!

Seals and sea lions live in both Antarctica and the Arctic.

6 Seals and sea lions live in both Antarctica and the Arctic.

hi seal.

7 hi seal.

After watching

8 After watching "A LIfe Among Whales" (http://www.alifeamongwhales.com/index.php) the gigantic creatures were on my mind daily—I demoed the Sperm Whale.

Displayed on the yellow wall in the Martha's set craft room.

9 Displayed on the yellow wall in the Martha's set craft room.

This project doesn't stop here— dip dye white felt in an orange ombre for African Sahara animals or a green ombre for jungle animals.

Stay tuned for photos of the big book I made for baby Jude!!

Comments (3)

  • These felt winter animal collages are wonderful! While I am not a crafter, I do admire this project. I loved the mural that you did for the baby's room.

  • I love the colors and the idea! I going to have to try something similar but with a desert theme.

  • I can't wait to try this beautiful craft. The blue and white really pop on the yellow wall. Flowers on Green might be pretty for a girl's room, or butterflies on blue.

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