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Needle Felt Snowman

Making a needle felted snowman is a good beginner needle felting project. You will learn how to form a ball using needle felting, how to make indents and shapes and how to join 2 needle felted pieces together.

Needle felted Snowman

Form a small ball with the roving.
Begin to needle felt the ball by poking the wool with the needle about 10-20 times.
Be very careful not to poke your fingers – it does hurt.
Rotate the wool ball about a 1/4 turn and continue to poke the wool.
Work your way around the whole ball, smoothing and shaping the wool as go around.

Needle felted Snowman

After you have worked your way around the ball a few times, the wool will start to harden and felt.

Needle felted Snowman

Hold the ball of wool in your hand and feel for any soft spots.
Needle felt these areas a bit more, so that the wool ball feels evenly felted around.

Needle felted Snowman

The wool will continue to harden and felt the more that you needle felt it.
Before it gets to a very hard stage – where it starts to get difficult to needle felt it any more – stop.

And make another slightly smaller ball for the head of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

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When both balls have been needle felted but are still slightly soft and squishy you are going to join the 2 balls together by needle felting them at the neck of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Put the 2 balls together, and needle felt them by poking the needle through both the head and the body.
This will joing the 2 parts together because the wool is being pushed through the head and into the body of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Now it is time to form the face.
Needle felt small indentations for the eyes and mouth.
Take a very small strand of black wool roving for the eyes and form a small ball in your fingers.
Needle felt the eye into the indentation in the wool.
Do the same for the other eye and the mouth.

Needle felted Snowman

Make slightly larger indentations into the body of the snowman for the buttons.
Using black wool, form small balls for the buttons and needle felt these into the body.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small hat with fine wool yarn.
Attach this to the snowman’s head by needle felting it into place.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small scarf and attach this by needle felting it around the snowman’s neck.

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Felting Projects

Needle Felted Ornaments
Felted Posey Pot
Wet Felted Eggs

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Santa suit

In the previous article I provided instructions for knitting a Santa doll.
Knit Santa Doll
Knit Santa doll

Santa needs a Santa suit, so I thought that I would make him one from handmade felt.

I started by felting a fairly thin piece of red felt (approx 15″x15″ Square)

red handmade felt

Felt Making

How to Make Handmade Felt

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Santa’s Trousers
After felting I cut a piece of this felt that was wide enough to fit around Santa’s tummy, and long enough to fit his legs. Then I cut partly up the center of the piece of felt – to fit around his legs.
Santa Felted Pants
I hand stitched around the cut piece with a length of wool yarn, to strengthen the edges.

Santa's felt trousers

I then hand sewed the legs together with red wool yarn.

Santa’s Jacket

From the remaining red felt, I cut a slit into the fabric and a small oval for the neckline.
Sewing Santa suit

I fitted this around the Santa doll and then cut away small sections to shape the sleeves.
I hand stitched the sides and sleeves together.

Then I needle felted a trim around Santa’s jacket using white merino roving.

Santa Hat

With remaining bits of the red felt I cut a triangle shape for his hat and then needle felted some white merino wool for the brim of his hat.

felting Santa hat

Santa’s Boots

I hand spun a few ounces of black Shetland wool for knitting the Santa boots. You can use any pure wool yarn. The boots are knitted in a similar fashion to Santa’s legs.

Cast on 13 stitches
Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off.

Fit the boots around Santa’s feet and sew up the seams.

Needle felt a bit of wool fleece for his hair and beard. Then attach his hat to his head lightly with a bit of needle felting.

Santa on Etsy
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Christmas Crafts Books

Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Knit a Vintage Christmas: 22 Stocking, Ornament, and Gift Patterns from Christmas Past
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday

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Needle felted ornaments: aa112510

A quick and easy way to make your own needle felted Christmas decorations is to use a cookie cutter as a form. This is a good project if you are a beginner at needle felting. In order to do needle felting you will need a small piece of foam rubber or a pillow on which to work.

Needle Felted Ornaments
Needle Felted Ornaments

Needle Felt Santa
Needle Felted Santa

Place a thin layer of merino wool top onto the pillow – the approximate size of the decoration that you are going to make (running up and down)

Place another thin layer of wool roving on top of the previous layer, but running in the opposite direction (running across)

Place a third thin layer of wool roving on top of the other 2 layers, again running in the opposite direction from the previous layer (up and down), so that each layer is perpendicular to each other.

Turn the cookie cutter over and begin to needle felt the wool. You can use a general purpose or a fast felting needle for this.

Tuck all the edges of wool that are outside of the form, into the cookie cutter form.

Be sure to push the wool into the corners of the form so that the pattern has definition and felt the edges until they are quite firm.

When one side of the decoration has been partially felted, remove the form and turn the wool over and place it back into the form to felt the other side.

Once the decorations have been felted you can embellish them with sequins, beads, bits of yarn or embroidery stitching.

needle felt xmas ornaments

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations on Folksy

Needle Felt Angel
Needle Felted Angel

Needle Felt Star
Needle Felted Star

Needle Felt Tree
Needle Felted Christmas Tree

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Feltmaking Books

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

Kindle Feltmaking

Quick And Clever Felting
Kindle Edition
range of easy-to-follow techniques including needle felting, wet felting, fulling and using store-bought felt fabric are explored though projects such as jewelry, flower corsages, bags, slippers, cushions and more.
UK: Quick and Clever Felting

Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Weaving
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Christmas weaving: weave-xmas

Free patterns for Christmas weaving projects.

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Woven Christmas Heart
Weave paper hearts for Christmas.

Wheat Weaving
Make a wreath with wheat.

Paper Wall Hanging
Recyle your gift wrap and weave a wall hanging.

Corduroy Christmas Ornaments
Weave ornaments with a corduroy threading,

Snowflakes

Wheat Weaving Snowflake
A beginner project for making a snowflake with wheat weaving.

Crochet Snowflake
A free crocheted snowflake pattern designed By Julie A. Bolduc.

Snowflake Hat
A free pattern for a knitted snowflake hat.

Paper Snowflake
A lovely snowflake design for quilters. 

Clipart.com
Over 1200 different snowflake clipart designs.

Blue Snowflake Background Set
Free snowy blue background set from Spun Dreams

needle felt xmas ornaments

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations on Folksy

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Christmas Crafts

I Felt A Bit Festive: Create Crazy Caricatures From Needle-Felted Wool
Mollie Makes Christmas: Making, Thrifting, Collecting, Crafting

Felted Christmas Traditions: Using Dry and Wet Felting Techniques

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Making Handmade Felt: aa110900

Felt is made of wool that has been compressed with heat and agitation. Felt is very versatile and and requires only a minimum of equipment.

alpaca felt
Felt is often used in children’s crafts. Felt can also be sewn into hats, clothing, pillows or other useful items. Making felt can be a fun afternoon activity for you and your kids.

You will need a flat surface to work on, one where it doesn’t matter if it gets wet. You will also need hot water, laundry soap, a straw beach mat, a few towels, and, of course, some wool.

In summer months, I make felt outdoors, in a kid’s swimming pool. You will need access to hot water. An electric kettle will work fine or a hose attached to your hot water tap. In winter, I make felt successfully in my bath tub.

When planning a project, remember that felt will shrink in size so you will need to make allowances for this. For example, a 24″ square will shrink about 20% to approx 20″ finished size.
To make a 20″ square piece of felt, you will need approx. 5 – 6 oz. of pure wool roving.

Here’s How

Free instructions for making felt, illustrated with photos.

Felt Boot Liners

Warm up your toes this winter, with woolly boot liners.

Following the directions for making felt, make a 15″ square piece. This will shrink to approx. 12′ square.

Trace the outline of your boots onto a piece of paper, and use this as a pattern for cutting your boot liner.

Felted Christmas Ornaments

Start with a piece of dry, handmade felt.

The felt can be cut into shapes – cookie cutters are useful for this.

Just like with the “store bought” kind, you can safely cut the felt. You can add decorative stitching around the felt pieces and embellish them with sequins, embroider with brightly coloured yarns or sew on some rick rack or other braiding.

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments

Felted Christmas Stocking

felted Christmas stocking

  • Make a piece of felt approximately 18″ square.
  • Cut 2 stocking shapes.
  • Machine stitch the 2 pieces together.
  • You can either leave the stocking as is, or decorate it with applique, decorative stitching or other embellishments.

Felted Placemats
Your children will have fun making their own personal place mat. Here’s how.

Felt Pillow
Make this heart pillow for Valentine’s Day.

Wool
Places to find fleece and wool roving.

Felt Resources
Links to other interesting sites about the craft of felting.

Trivia Question
What does “Mad as a Hatter” mean?

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Feltmaking Books

Feltmaking (The Art of Crafts)
Clear step-by-step instructions to make a series of projects, from beginner to masterclass and on the way you will learn about sheep and wool, the historical and anthropological background to feltmaking, and its mythology.
UK: Feltmaking

Felting – The Complete Guide
Combine painting and sculpture, wrap it up in the delightful texture of wool, and you have felting.
UK: Felting

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

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Felted Christmas Ornaments: felting-xmas

Felted Christmas Ornaments

needle felt xmas ornaments

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Make Christmas ornaments using cookie cutters – an easy felting project for a beginner needle felter.

Maureens Fiber Friends
Needle felted gnomes, santas.

Edwina’s Dolls

One Knit One Purl
Needle felted santas, pumpkins, ornaments

Flying Christmas Tree
Gillian Gladrag’s website has a free felting pattern for making a Christmas tree.

Christmas Santa
The Stitching Cow shows how to make needle felt.

Christmas Stars and Balls
Some very pretty felted Christmas stars and balls.

Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Knitting
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Beadwork
Christmas Cross-stitch
Christmas Weaving

Feltmaking Books

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

Kindle Feltmaking

Quick And Clever Felting
Kindle Edition
range of easy-to-follow techniques including needle felting, wet felting, fulling and using store-bought felt fabric are explored though projects such as jewelry, flower corsages, bags, slippers, cushions and more.
UK: Quick and Clever Felting

.. more Felting Books ..

Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Knitting
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Beadwork
Christmas Cross-stitch
Christmas Weaving
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Handmade Christmas Ornaments: aa120298

While Hilary Clinton asked weavers, knitters and artisans from the 50 states to contribute handmade Christmas ornaments for the White House Christmas tree, we hosted our own Christmas ornamentexchange for visitors to our website. Each participant wove 6 ornaments that will be distributed to other participants. Here are some of them.

Sandra Chahley had her first experience with double weave pickup technique using a pattern in Handwoven, Nov/Dec 1997. She used Curl Bros. 5/2 mercerized cotton, sett at 36 epi.
Janette Merriman made innovative use of plastic garbage bags, netting, and thrums in weaving these trees. The warp was 5/2 Pearl cotton, sett at 12 epi.
Beth Herity uses 3 mm polyester ribbon and triaial weave for these cards. Instructions by Mary T. Klotz can be found in Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot, Spring 1991. Vol XXIII #2, pp. 16-17.
Rena Conrad’s overshot ornaments were based on Johann Schleelein’s pattern No. 123. Davison Handweavers Pattern Book, p. 131. Warp: 10/2 pearl cotton, weft: 5/2 pearl cotton, tabby: metallic thread.
This transparency ornament was made with hemp as warp and background weft. The star design uses 4/4 Foxfiber Green cotton.

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