Saturday, August 18, 2012

With a Little Bit of Felt...

This bright little flower is the pincushion project our small Wednesday sewing and crafting group worked on this week. The sample above was made by Ida, a new member. Everyone admired it, and she was willing to help us make our own version. She brought lots of felt and floss, and we made up kits ahead of the sewing day. 

Making one involves simple sewing with a blanket or buttonhole stitch, but Ida shared a few tips such as stitching 3/4 of a leaf or petal, adding the stuffing, and then completing the stitching. Otherwise that little opening is a challenge to stuff the fiberfill through. Some of us learned this the hard way, but eventually we got the hang of it. Mine is nearly complete, but because of poor planning I had to add an extra flower petal to cover the base. oops. I also want to add some beads.

Another of our group members, Barbara, is really a whiz at making tiny felt ornaments. She brought these to show what else we can do with just a little felt, floss, and imagination.

No matter the season, Barbara has little ornaments to go with!

Just look at the meticulous beading and detail on this one. Barbara handles metallic thread like a pro.

Barbara keeps a grapevine tree (handmade) on her porch and decorates it according to the season so there is always an interesting display of needlework on view. I love small projects like these... so satisfying and somewhat quick to make, depending on those little details. I notice Barbara takes her time, often using just a single strand of floss and adding the tiniest of beads for accents. Lovely!


Susan said...

Those are so charming. I may have to try my hand at some. I do enjoy beading, but my blanket stitch is wobbly.

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Oh so beautiful - all of them. Particularly love the pink cushion. All you women - so much talent! xoDonna

Robbie said...

They are all just adorable!!! Clever!