Category: Art & Craft

Ziggy Stardust OrnamentMy third original felt ornament design (free template coming soon). I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle. I used fabric glue to adhere the needle-felted layers to a piece of light yellow felt to finish (hides the needled back & gives it some stability). I embroidered the eyelashes with double-strand embroidery thread. RIP David Bowie.

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Pig OrnamentsAnother fast and easy knit, free Chichester the Pig pattern from Apocalypse Knits, knit with scrap wool tapestry yarn and #4 needles. Knit while on the 6 train, in a waiting room and during a beer & cheese pairing, this is a seriously fast and clever little knit.

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Baby Seal OrnamentFast & easy baby seal, knit up in acrylic yarn (which I don’t love working with but it is only an ornament, after all). Pattern by Sachi Ishii and available on her website. The pattern worked up really fast and I highly recommend it –  the little guy didn’t photograph very well and he’s even cuter in real life!

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Felt Pigeon OrnamentMy second original felt ornament design. I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle. I used fabric glue to adhere the needle-felted layers to a piece of mustard yellow felt to finish. I stitched on an iridescent black bead for the eye.

Template coming soon (probably not until the weekend as the rest of my week is pretty jam-packed).

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Wee Felted Hedgehog OrnamentsTiny hedgehogs for a tiny tree which we don’t yet have, created from needle-felted wool.

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Animal Pom Pom OrnamentI picked up a pack of pompom makers from Flying Tiger this week (only $4 for 3 sizes!). I have a vague memory of making pompoms at some point as a kid but definitely didn’t have a cool little pompom maker. I broke them out last night and tried a few:

Pom pomsPretty addictive. Also quite challenging. I found some great directions and tips on the Mr P blog – the flower tutorial is here and there are tutorials for fruit, houses, mountains and more, including some some cute animals which were what really sucked me in. And then I came across Tsubasa Kuroda‘s pompom creations – holy wowza, they’re all so cute and intricate and flat-out amazing. I knew I had to give it a go. I attempted a polar bear – whoo, not so easy. Not that I really thought that it would be, but still, I definitely need some practice. It’s darn fun, though, and I feel like I’m getting a better feel for it. Once you get the layering/mirrored symmetry concept down (explained in Mr P’s flower post), it’s yarn ratio, spacing and arranging and a heck of a lot of trimming. My “polar bear” doesn’t look like the one I pictured in my head, but it’s still kinda cute and has a vague resemblance to a polar bear. I learned a lot and am looking forward to trying another one soon. I’ll take more process photos the next time, too. And I really want to get some fancy-pants fake eyes and perhaps needle-felt up some ears. And maybe try some fruit and mountains, too. I’m getting excited all over again just thinking about it. Yippee!

 

 

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Felt Otters OrnamentMy first original felt ornament design! I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle and bellies lightly stuffed with polyester filling. Faces stitched with single-strand embroidery thread.

The template can be downloaded here.

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Felt Sloth OrnamentThe pattern is from the American Felt & Craft blog and can be found here. I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle and lightly stuffed with polyester filling. Black beads for eyes and mouth and nose stitched with embroidery thread.

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Felt Guinea Pig Ornament

The pattern is from the Cali Cavy Collective blog and can be found here. I used inexpensive acrylic felt, needle-felted with a #40 triangular felting needle and lightly stuffed with polyester filling. Smile stitched with pink embroidery thread.

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I joined the Try Something New Every Month challenge in January of this year. This is a fantastic challenge that Stephanie from Swoodson Says and Rebecca from Hugs Are Fun are co-hosting. They have a list of suggested themes & a Facebook group. I’m going to use this post to collect inspiration, ideas & plans for future months.

The suggested themes:

January – Quilting

I tried paper piecing 1/4″ hexies. Blogged here.

Mini hexie piece

February- Tactile Craft; paper mache, clay, soap, candlemaking

I tried sculpting tiny creatures with Creative Paperclay. I’d like to incorporate them into mini dioramas or jewelry or something. Soon…

Mini Paperclay creatures

Tiny creatures

March- Painting

I didn’t stick to the theme on this one (and I painted the tiny creatures last month). Instead, I tried weaving on my mini Jim Hokett loom & tissue paper mache. The tutorial for the tissue paper mache light shade is here.

Weaving on a Jim Hokett loom

Tissue Paper Mache Light Shade

April- Edible Crafts

I tried several new fermentations (sourdough tortillas, cashew cheese & Gjetost cheese) & blogged about them here.

Fermentation Feast

May – Hand Sewing

June- Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching

July- Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving

August- Printmaking; fabric or paper

September – Machine Sewing

  • I’ve pinned a ton of machine projects that I’d like to try on Pinterest. So many to choose from…

October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint

November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy

  • paper beads?

December- Choose your own!

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