Felted Wool Ornaments

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I have been working on a couple of tiny Christmas projects. We are in the middle of moving and I don’t have much time or space for a lot of decorating this year.

So, I decided to go tiny.

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You have probably seen the trendy HGTV show, Tiny Houses?

Just watching that show makes me claustrophobic. I like tiny decorations, I do not like tiny houses.

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I started my project with some rather tiny balls of wool roving. The wool is thick, unprocessed yarn, perfect for felting.

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The first step was to make the balls by twisting the yarn around my hand, then shaping it into a ball. I used several colors of roving for some of the balls and used just one color of roving for some of the others. I used red, green, grey and winter white yarns.

After I made the balls, I used a large sewing needle to secure the end of yarn inside each ball.

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The last step was to put the balls of yarn into a single sock and secure the open end with a rubber band or twist tie. The sock needs to be stretched tightly over the yarns ball in order to felt properly.

The balls in their socks were then washed in hot water in the washing machine with a small amount of laundry detergent. The agitation of the machine helps in the felting process. When they were done, I put them in the clothes dryer on the hot setting.

The dry balls were removed from their socks and decorated with pearl head straight pins in different colors.
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I used different designs for the pins including a snowflake, a star, a tree and just some random designs.

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The glass bowl sits on our coffee table and allows the balls to be admired from all angles.

Who knows, maybe going tiny for Christmas will be the trend next year.

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Timepiece Christmas Ornament

Timepiece closeup

 

 

Some days just don’t go as you planned. I had planned to shop for food and start cooking Thanksgiving dinner today.

Instead, I spent my afternoon following an instinct.

On a whim, I began making this little Timepiece Christmas Ornament.

I have been dreaming of Christmas Ornaments and decorations for days.

Dreaming is a dangerous thing.

For me, when I wake up, I have to act on the dream or I forget it.

The other nigh,t I dreamed of what I could make with all the broken watches and jewelry I have laying around.

I can’t bear to throw them out. They are still beautiful.

This is my favorite old watch. We have been through much together.

It’s missing parts, and no longer works. I love it anyway.

Timepiece Ornament, lead

I love this old watch even more as part of a nostalgic keepsake ornament.

I cut up a couple of pairs of wool trousers and used the fabric for the ornament base. Mother always said, “Never throw anything away.” She was right of course. You just never know when you will need some scraps of old wool.

I cut a 4″ circle in of the dark wool, and a 3 1/2″ circle of the lighter color wool.

The edges were trimmed with pinking shears, and then bonded the two fabrics together with a fusible webbing.

Belt loops from the old trousers help hold the watch in place, and were topstitched in place .

A single needle stitch around the outside holds the front and back pieces in place. I probably should have used the fusible webbing to hold the pieces together before stitching, as they are small and hard to stitch without shifting under the needle.

A leftover bit of polyester fluff from an old pillow made the inside stuffing.

Bits of ribbon and greenery made the finishing touches.

Timepiece Ornament, back

I couldn’t resist adding the original garment label to the back of the ornament.

“Made in Italy” just sounds so sweet and exotic.

What’s not to love?

Timepiece display

I can’t wait to use this ornament as part of my Christmas decor this season.