Short Cut Needle Felting Ornaments featuring Sharon from Crafts ‘n Coffee {Handmade Ornament No.14}

Short Cut Needle Felting Ornaments featuring Sharon from Crafts ‘n Coffee {Handmade Ornament No.14}

Thanks for stopping by and joining us for the
Handmade Ornament Series
This week we are sharing last minute ornament ideas for the season


Please help welcome our next guest,
Sharon from Crafts ‘n Coffee


{Handmade Christmas Ornament No. 14}

Thank you for inviting me to your Handmade Ornament Series, Stephanie Lynn. Ornaments are the perfect craft for busy times – their small size means they’re a fast craft, and they don’t require a lot of materials to make. Today, I am sharing a short-cut needlefelting technique to make what looks like a traditional needlefelted ornament, but is faster and uses less wool roving, too.

Can I interest you in a little felting trivia first? Way back when, before anyone knew how to spin and weave, ancient people made felt fabric by densely matting together wool fibers. Samples of felted fabric have been found dating back to 6300 B.C.! How’s that for a heritage craft?

Our much updated technique has you felting on balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Using a simple, up-and-down motion, you insert a felting needle through wool fibers, also called roving or sliver, and into the foam ball. The fibers grab each other and the foam, which secures it in place. It’s that easy.

A couple of tips:

· The higher the felting needle number, the finer the needle, resulting in a smaller hole in the project.

· For the most even and smooth results, you’ll want to work with small amounts of wool roving at a time.

· If you don’t like your design, just remove the roving and start again.

And, a quick caution: A felting needle has extremely sharp barbs along the tip of the needle. Be careful so that you don’t felt your fingers!

Rebekah Meier designed these red and white felted ornaments.

Here’s what you’re going to need for one ornament:

STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 4” ball

Wool roving in red and cream

Needle felting needle

Thick, white craft glue

1” length of 18-gauge floral wire

Two, 12” lengths of ½” grosgrain ribbon

Tools: pliers, scissors, straight pins

For the Polka Dot & Swirl Ornaments: 7/8” circle template

To make your ornament:

  1. Place a small amount of cream roving on the foam ball, and working on a small area at a time, punch your felting needle through the roving and into the foam. Continue felting till the foam ball grips the roving. Repeat until the ball is covered.
  2. Using pliers, form a loop in one end of the floral wire. Insert other end into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and glue in place.
  3. Insert ribbon through the wire loop and tie ends together, forming knotted hanging loop. Tie a bow in the other ribbon length and glue to top of ball; secure with a pin till glue dries.
  4. Hang and admire!

Variations (for all of the variations, cover the foam ball with the cream roving first):

Striped Ball

1. Pull apart red roving into long, even width strands.

2. Starting at the top, needle felt strands in place around the ball. As you add more strands, be sure each one is evenly spaced around the ball.

Polka Dot Ball

1. Use a purchased, 7/8” circle template or make your own from a piece of cardboard.

2. Place the template on the ornament and add a small amount of red roving. Needle felt the roving in place. Keep adding more roving till circle is complete.

3. Repeat, covering the ornament with red polka dots.

Swirl Ball

1. Use a purchased, 7/8” circle template or make your own from a piece of cardboard.

2. Pull apart red roving into a long, even width strand.

3. Place the template on the ornament, and using it as a guide, needlefelt the wool roving into a spiral swirl.

4. Repeat, covering the ball with red swirls.

You’ll find more tutorials for needlefelted Christmas ornaments on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

Thank you, again, Stephanie Lynn, for having me over today. I wish one & all a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year!


♦ For more inspiring crafts, Including the tutorials for the projects above
visit Styrofoam Crafts
Sharon can also be found at Crafts ‘n Coffee
and on Facebook ♦ and Twitter


Thanks so much Sharon for sharing these beautiful ornaments and contributing to this years series.

For more Handmade Christmas Ornament inspiration
including all of the ornaments in this series
{as well as the 25 ornaments from last year}
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Enjoy.

                  

Comments

  1. Good morning, Stephanie Lynn. Thank you so much for including Crafts ‘n Coffee in your Handmade Ornaments series (and for making us look so beautiful!). I am loving the inspiration you’re sharing this week, and I hope we have a chance to craft a few ornaments this weekend. Sharon

  2. Oh so adorable and I would love to try making these.

  3. These are too cute..I am going to try one of these..maybe several of these..Thanks for the idea..

  4. So much cuteness packed into such awesome ornaments!! I need to make some of these!
    Rinni @ Rinni’sPlayground

  5. e beautifull blog but will nice if you can traslate in italian

  6. Could you post more photos about how to do the roving? It doesn’t make sense since I have never used felting needles….

        

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