A “2nd Helping” – Follow Up From Episode 7 & Needle Felting Fun!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Needle felting.

Have you caught the bug yet?

It’s been fun to read from Episode 7 about how many of you have always wanted to learn and now are excited to give it a try! And some have needle felted for years and truly enjoy it as well. Karen mentioned that she has done this same technique with silk and denim. We bet the results are gorgeous! Kathy commented that she could picture Christmas stockings being made this way. We agree!

In today’s 2nd helping post, we wanted to share another idea of how you can create different shapes with needle felting by using the everyday cookie cutter! It’s a great way to get a uniform shape PLUS it protects those hands even better!

Simply place the cookie cutter on top of the foam base (if you’re making the piece 3 dimensional), or on top of the main project you will be adhering the wool roving to. Add tufts of the wool roving to the inside of the cookie cutter. Let the felting begin!

For a 3-dimensional shape that stands on its own, follow these next few steps. Once the top side has been felted enough to begin taking form, pull up the shape, flip over, and insert back into the cookie cutter. Begin felting the other side. Flip back over again and continue this process until you are satisfied with the results. You may find it helpful to use a single needle when defining the edges.

Here is what we were able to do with 2 different sizes of heart cookie cutters!

Once the hearts were felted to the scarf, we outlined the shapes with 100% wool yarn. Felting yarn to a project is also a great way to add decorative scrolls, borders and more!

So what do you think? Are you ready to take a “stab” at it? (No pun intended!) :)

-Kim and Kris

Backstage of The Nate Berkus Show – How Did You…?

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

After the taping of The Nate Berkus Show, we went backstage for a few more questions.  In this segment below, the interviewer asked us to describe in a bit more detail, how we made some of the items shown in our foyers.  Take a look at what Kim did to an old candlestick to make it into a charming tea light — and how Kris added a personal touch to her bench through embroidery.