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Pattern and craft ideas for Christmas

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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Christmas Knitting Patterns: knit-xmas

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Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stocking
A knitted Christmas stocking pattern by Wendy Mcdougall.

Aran Christmas Stocking
A Christmas stocking pattern by Jay Barrett from the knitlist, using an Aran fishermen knit design.

Mini Christmas Stockings
Lovely little Christmas stockings you can knit for your tree.

1945 Christmas Stocking
A personalized Christmas stocking pattern based on a 1945 design.

Knit and Felted Stocking
This Christmas stocking pattern is knit with worsted weight wool.

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Knitted Christmas Stocking
Knit this Christmas stocking and felt it in your washing machine.

Snowmen

Toybox Snoman
A cute and cuddly knitted snowman.

Knit Snowmen
Knit and felt some little snowmen.

Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Knitting patterns for tree ornaments from the knitlist.

Christmas Mittens

Mini-Mittens
A knitting pattern for miniature mittens.

Christmas Balls

Knitted Christmas Balls
Knit these little balls for tree ornaments or fill with catnip for a cat toy.

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas Wreath
A knitted and felted Christmas wreath from Rowan.

Maggies Rags Christmas Wreath
Knit this simple wreath from I-cord.

Christmas Braided Wreath
A knitting pattern for a Christmas wreath knit with worsted weight yarn.

needle felt xmas ornaments

Needle Felted Christmas Decorations on Folksy

Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

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

Christmas Crafts

Deck the Halls: 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments
Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)
Felt Christmas Decorations (Twenty to Make)

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Weaving Project – Handwoven Paper Wallhanging: aa123000

These paper wall hangings were woven using left over Christmas wrapping paper. This is a great way to recycle used paper.

paper wall hanging

Warp:

8/2 cotton

Length: 3 yards

# ends: 252

Width in reed: 14 inches

Sett: 18 epi

This project makes 2 wall hangings, approximately 30″ in length.

Weaving Draft:

Summer/Winter

Each pattern block is approximately 2 inches in width. (9 repeats)

Weft:

Pattern Shots – Christmas wrapping paper

Using a rotary cutter, I cut the paper into narrow strips approximately 3/8 inch wide x 24″ long.

8/2 Cotton

Use for the Tabby shots.

 

Edge:

Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to start.

Using the summer/winter drawdown, weave the tabby picks with the 8/2 cotton.

For the pattern picks, lay a strip of the cut paper in the open shed. Close the shed and beat gently.

Weave the next tabby shot with the 8/2 cotton, and beat firmly.

Continue weaving, alternating with the 8/2 cotton and the paper. The Summer/Winter draft is very versatile and you can make the coloured blocks any size you wish. Use the coloured paper as a design element and experiment with the placement of the design for different colour and weave effects. Continue weaving for 30″. Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to complete the other edge of the wall hanging.

Finishing:

Cut the project off the loom and zig zag stitch the edges before cutting the 2 wall hangings apart. Fold over the edges and sew a straight seam to hem finish the edges.

Weaving Projects

Hemp Rep Placemats
Paper Yarn Weaving
Japanese Paper Yarn Weaving

Christmas Craft Projects

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

Weaving Books: Projects

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric.
UK: Weavers Idea Book

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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

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Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Knitting
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Feltmaking
Christmas Beadwork
Christmas Cross-stitch
Christmas Weaving
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Christmas Crochet Patterns: crochet-xmas

Christmas Bells

Bell Ornament
Free crochet patterns for bells, angels, stars and snowflakes.

Crochet Christmas Bell
A free crochet pattern from Craftown for a bell ornament.

Snowflakes

Crochet Snowflakes
Crochet Pattern Central has a good selection of patterns for snowflakes.

Martha’s Snowflakes
Crochet snowflakes from Martha Stewart.

Angels

Treetop Angel
Crochet this angel to top your Christmas tree.

Thimble Angel
Crochet this cute angel to cover a thimble.

Crochet Angel
Crochet this angel with the golden halo and red ribbon rose.

Christmas Angel
Free patterns for Christmas ornaments including angels and Christmas balls.

Gnomes

Christmas Gnomes
A crochet gnome family.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Skirt
A free crochet pattern from Bernat to make a Christmas tree skirt.

Christmas Wreaths

Crochet Wreath Pin
A small Christmas wreath crocheted around a small plastic ring.

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Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

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

needle felt xmas ornaments

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Cactus Christmas Ornament: aa121899


Sue Freeman designed these lovely Christmas tree cactus ornaments. Along with the ornaments she sent the following info:

“Greetings from Texas

A little about myself, I live south of Fort Worth and have been weaving for about 15 years. I have several looms and teach beginning weaving in a local shop. I belong to the Ft. Worth Weaving Guild and Arlington Fiber Guild.

I have been making ornaments similar to the enclosed for about 8 years for all the children in the family and friends. They are easy to mail in cards.

The warp and tie-down are 20/2 and the pattern thread is 10/2 cotton. It is woven in Summer/Winter and use tabby between each pattern shot.

  • 30 epi
  • 15 dent reed – 2 ends per dent”

Sue Freeman

Christmas Craft Projects

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

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