Felted heart decorations, made with left over yarn from the Pom Pom Circle Wreath Making Kit, pictured in “Pinks”
If you are anything like us, at Woolly HQ, no scrap of yarn goes to waste! We see heaps of potential in the little scraps that others may throw away.
Recently, we have made even more colour combinations available in our Pom Pom Circle Wreath Making Kit and have been experimenting with the amounts we’ve had left over after making our own wreaths! Of course, this all depends on how carefully you have measured out the yarn when completing your DIY pom pom wreath, or one of our other ready made craft kits featuring our chunky Mammoth® yarn and if you are a bit too snip happy when trimming and shaping your projects, you may find you have a little less!
We do like to give a little extra with our kits, so you are likely to build up a little stash of Mammoth® yarn, so don’t worry, there’s ALWAYS something you can do with it.
NEEDLE FELTING HEARTS
These can be any size or colour that you like, depending on what you have leftover. You can use any kind of needle felting equipment you can get your hands on, however, if you are a regular customer, you may have received one of our needle felting freebies in the past? Such as our mini valentines hearts, spring flowers, Halloween ghosts or Christmas snow people? If so, you could reuse your equipment from these, but, again not to worry, needle felting equipment is readily available from all good craft shops and are really handy tools to have in your crafting depository.
The process becomes intuitive the more you practice, but here’s our top tips to get you started with for needle felting using our Mammoth® yarn:
Be careful! Obviously, these needles are very sharp and we want to avoid injuries! So keep those digits out of the way of the needle, sounds obvious, but we need to mention it. Plus, this is not a suitable activity for children.
Protect your table. A couple of layers of foam blocks will do the trick, we don’t want your beloved crafting table to look like it has had woodworm!
Stab it with the pointy end… It really is that simple. If you have more than one thickness of needle, start with the biggest and when this doesn’t push easily through, swap it for a thinner one. The thinner needle will help with smaller detail and tidying up the surface of your work.
Turn your work regularly. If you zone out and stab for too long (perhaps thinking about an ex-partner?) you risk the work getting stuck to the foam blocks. So carefully peel it off and flip it over regularly, working on both sides.
Don’t forget the edges. Make sure you are stabbing all over, both sides and spending plenty of time around the edges, corners and points of the shape you are creating, folding in any frays.
Trimming is fine, just don’t get too snip happy! Using sharp scissors, you can neaten up the edges as your final step, but be careful not to over do it or you’ll end up with fraying or not alot left!
Following the steps below, you can create your own needle felted Mammoth® hearts to decorate whatever you wish!
Step 1 – Cut a piece of yarn, twist in the middle and hold the end
Step 2 – Work on this shape, front and back, all the way to the edges
Step 3 – Repeat Step 2 to create the same shape, join together by working into with the needle
Step 4 – Continue to stab, front and back, turning regularly
Step 5 – Cut another piece, fold in half, position on top as shown
Step 6 – Continue to work into the heart and define around the edges. Trim to finish.
THE POM POM WREATH KIT
Just a reminder, these needle felting extras have been creating using the offcuts from our Pom Pom Circle Wreath Making Kit , and look fab as added extras to your wreath.
Whether for a child’s bedroom wall hanging, a baby’s nursery wall art, an Easter or spring wreath, there is a colour combination to suit. We also think these kits are perfect for crafting parties; whether a crafting workshop, parties with friends or for older children’s sleepover activities; they are available in packs of 4, 6 and 8! Click the link below to have a browse!