Each year I try and make ornaments for my family members. I’ve done ceramic, hand-sewn and beaded ornaments before. This year, I’m working on needle-felted stocking ornaments and thought I would give everyone a peek into how they are made.
The basic supplies used are an assortment of wool roving, a cookie cutter, felting needles and a foam base.
To begin, I pull several small sections of the roving off and stuff them into the cookie cutter. I prefer not to overstuff, as I will eventually add another layer.
I start with a single 38 gauge needle to tack everything in place and then work my way into a 3-needle tool, working the entire piece while being careful to avoid breaking a needle on the edge.
The fibers will initially start attaching to the foam pad, so it’s important to occasionally peel the piece off and place it back into the cutter.
Once the piece is well felted, I remove it from the cutter and work on cleaning up the edges. I use an old gift card to lightly compress the sides while felting with a single needle.
After the sides are done, I flip the piece over and at a slight angle, work the needle to clean up the very fuzzy backside of the stocking.
I then lay a thin piece of roving across the top and like the back, I tack it in place with the needle at a slight angle. I usually add a second layer to get full coverage of the top, back and sides. I use the gift card again to clean up and reshape the top and edges.
Using a pair of scissors, I trim the sides, front and back of the stocking. I may also go back in and do a little additional felting if I missed a spot.
I thread a heavy needle and attach some cotton cord. If you prefer a brooch, you can felt a pinback on.
You can use a variety of cookie cutters to make different shapes. I’ve made mittens, stockings and candy canes so far.
Have fun felting!