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

A “2nd Helping” – Sharing More from Episode 6 and Tissue Pom Poms

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

First off, thank you for all your well-wishes as we shared with you our exciting Nate Berkus show news! We have THE best supporters out there and we can’t thank you enough! It was fun to hear all of the different places around the world you’ll be watching! And Wednesday will be here before you know it! Eek!

Also glad to hear that you’re thinking of even more possibilities to make with the tissue pom pom garland! We’re hearing baby shower ideas, Christmas parties, and even Karen commented how cute they would be for a baby’s 1st birthday!

In today’s blog post, I thought I would share a few photos from a bridal shower that my family had given to our niece this past summer. My sweet little niece couldn’t POSSIBLY be old enough to be getting married!  I mean…she’s still only 10 years old, right? :) Yep, I’m getting old.  ha, ha. Isn’t she a cutie?

Taking the same tissue pom pom idea, I attached each of them to skewers and placed in pots for the serving table. I simply stuck the ends of the skewers into styrofoam and covered with a little bit of paper moss. There was a potted “flower” for each letter of her new last name!

Tie a little green ribbon around the “stem” and there you have it!
Another fun way to use the tissue pom poms!

What else have you done or WANT to do with tissue pom poms?
We’d love to hear!