So, you have a bit of fiber and want to make a quick something? Go grab yourself some felting needles or a Clover Felting tool, a Clover felting mat or piece of thick foam, a heart shaped cookie cutter, some embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, and let's get started!
1. Place your heart cookie cutter onto your Clover Felting Mat, or a block of thick foam.
2. Place some fiber into your cookie cutter.
3. Using your Clover Needle Felting Tool begin to pounce gently at the fiber, being careful not to hit your felting tool on your cookie cutter. And be extra cautious to keep your fingers out of the way of the felting tool! Let me tell ya, that thing hurts!!!! It has lots of little barbs on the needle and is very, very sharp! OUCH.......
4. Continue pouncing and punching (don't get aggressive now.....haha!) your fiber with your needle felting tool, flipping it over and pouncing both sides until the fibers have felted together nicely.
5. Now make a second heart.
6. Enjoy the stress relief that all of that jabbing and punching is freeing you of!
7. Free hand embroider a design onto one or both of your hearts. I only did one side because I wanted to add a pin back on the back side so that it could be worn or added to a bag, scarf or whatever. But if I were going to make an ornament or something out of it, I might have chosen to embroider both sides. I just embroidered a few little leaves, a vine and embroidered French knots to represent flowers. Do whatever you wish! It's yours to play with and have fun with!
8. Place the two hearts together. I took a single felting needle to kind of felt the two hearts together, a bit.....being careful to not jab my felting needle into my embroidered design(s).
9. Sew the two hearts together using a blanket stitch or whatever stitch you would like to use.
10. Sew a pin back to the backside of the heart if you want to make it into a brooch or an embellishment that you can pin onto a scarf, hat, bag or whatever!
You can also add beads, buttons, ribbon or whatever other little embellishments that you wish to incorporate into your design.
Just have fun and enjoy being creative!!
Happy needle felting!