When I need a quick fabric fix, I turn to felt. Felt crafts are like comfort food for me. Working with felt is easy and satisfying, because it comes in a huge array of colors, has enough heft to stand on its own, and the cut edges don’t fray.
|One of my embroidered felt valentines.|
Felt projects can be created with everything from simple supplies like scissors and glue to more elaborate sewing, embroidery, and embellishment applications and techniques.
I particularly like to embroider on felt. Hand embroidery on top of needle-felting projects adds amazing detail and interest. And stitching on thick, hand-felted wool (made with wet-felting techniques) is sheer heaven.
But honestly, I’m just as happy to embroider on craft felt. It reminds me of childhood craft-making. You can get synthetic craft felt sheets in a rainbow of colors on the cheap. But I do prefer the felt fabric you buy by the yard. Even though it’s synthetic, this type of felt feels softer and seems a little sturdier. More felty, if you know what I mean.
To keep my hands busy while watching television the other day, I pulled out some red felt and an array of brightly colored skeins of embroidery floss. I love the folkloric look of embroidery and felt, and chose hearts as my motif. I just stitched and played, freehand cutting the felt and adding stitches until I was satisfied with the result.
|More elaborate stitching give my felt project a folkloric look.|
When I was done, I mounted the felt hearts on stitched paper I created using Jenny Cochran Lee’s technique, and mounted that onto cardstock. Now I have two felt valentines ready to give to someone sweet—probably my daughters.
I bet you have some felt somewhere in your stash that you could use to make a quick and satisfying craft. Or perhaps you’d like to learn more about needle-felting or wet-felting techniques. We have some wonderful videos and books on the subject in the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop.