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Needle Felt Ice Skater Christmas Ornament – Wooly Wednesday 11-13-2019

Needle Felt Ice Skater Christmas Ornament – Wooly Wednesday 11-13-2019


hey friends it’s Marie at living felt
thank you so much for tuning in today we have a fun little needle felting project
we’re gonna needle felt this cute little ice skater ornament she will glisten on
your tree and her skates will catch all the lights it’s really a fun beginner
friendly project so we hope that you will hit the subscribe button to get
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one with us this is what we’re needle felting today let me spin her around and
I shared her just a quick sneak peek last night on Facebook and this little
girl is based on a she’s let me get a little bit closer she is based on a
vintage ornament that I have treasured for a long time except mine didn’t have
a skirt and of course there was no wool and her skates were just wood so she’s
kind of fashioned after a little peg doll ornament and we actually do have a
supply pack for this class so you can get a little supply pack to make her too
and it’s even going to include two different colors of fabric so that you
can make a similar one so we’re just going to jump right in here and get
started thank you so it’s a really fun project this is absolutely beginner
friendly and I’m just going to show it to you just before we start oops I to go
sorry I’m on the wrong camera hello I’m new so this is our little
ornament she does have a very simple armature in her and I’ve done three
different armatures to kind of come up with one that I thought was really easy
to work with and easy to do we need to change something no okay so anyway it’s
super fun and we’re just going to jump right in so that we can get started so
I’m gonna go to a top-down view real fast
and show you for those of you who don’t know us
this is the wool that we’re working with today is living felt
mc1 batting and this is what comes in the kit and we’ve chosen to use vintage
red and cotton white we chosen to use vintage red and cotton white for this
little kit and of course if you don’t get the kit and you use your own
supplies well then you can use any colors you want but to be consistent
these are the two colors we used and then we’re going to be using pale peach
on the face and some black and some brown as well so in your kit you’re
going to get some regular chenille stems and you’re also going to get a super
glisteny chenille stem for her ice-skates
Judy says this is so darling I will be trying it Oh fun fun fun I hope you do
and I really hope to see yours if you make your so I’m in a proper little girl
here she can supervise us while we’re working so we’re gonna give you the
chenille stems in your kit we’re going to give you the fabric two different
types of fabric and they’ll be slightly varied but I think every kit gets this
one for her little cinch sack that she’s carrying and a jingle bell and so you
just need to supply some regular sewing thread I’m gonna suggest that anyway and
some embroidery floss the other things you’re going to want to have our wire
cutters some simple scissors I’m using some pinking shears if you don’t know
what those are they cut like little triangles into your fabric and a couple
of measuring devices a ruler may be fine but really hear a little quilters ruler
just makes it easy to have something small sometimes and then a three inch
circle of some kind I’m using what I always use some kind of bowl or vessel
from my from my house so let’s start with our armature and what’s going to
happen is Anne’s just going to share with me any questions as they come up
and I’m gonna go as fast as I can so we can show you as much as possible in
today’s in today’s section what a wonderful
project I can’t wait to make these as gifts for my friends and family that you
know this really would make super fun gifts and you know ornaments are
something that can be treasured for such a long time somebody I’m looking for our
video I can’t find us um somebody told me that an ornament I gave them last
year I was the mouse ornament which I had even forgotten that I gave it to her
she displayed it after Christmas over her bed thank you I know that was
charity okay so I’m going to cut all three of these to eight inches we’re
going to cut all three of these to eight inches and save your 4 inches off to the
side you want to save those off so the first thing we’re going to do is the
first thing we’re going to do is twist the body together and this is what we’re
going to make this little figure right here Oh what I’m going to show you is I
want the arms to be I’m gonna try and zoom in just a little bit let me see if
I go a little bit closer what we’re going to do is make the arms and legs a
certain length and so we’re going to make the arms about two and a half
inches long the body is going to be about an inch and a half and then the
leg portion is going to be about two it could be about two and a half inches
long as well you could go a little bit over if you want so then what I like to
do is start with where the arms are if I know I want the arm to be two and a half
inches the first thing I’m going to do is twist my little person together
leaving two inches or two and a half inches at the end so I’m going to start
my twist right there at the two and a half inch mark and just twist down and
this is just a simple way to twist and we only want that body to be an inch and
a half much longer and I tend to do these like really overly
long torsos so stop the body at an inch and a half and then you have the legs
out okay then what we’re going to do is take one of our pieces one of our extra
pieces that we had I think I was supposed to cut those to seven but now
anyway we’re going to take one of those little pieces that we had and we’re
actually going to reinforce the arms so that it doesn’t have to go all the way
to the end you can just twist it around you just want the arms to have a little
more girth on them I do I think I had my other ones longer it doesn’t really
matter and then this one we’re gonna do the same thing just you could just put
it right in the middle and twist it down the leg a little bit Diana says you
could even tuck a candy cane in under her arm for a tree oh that is such a
cute idea okay so now here’s here’s my little body and I want the feet I need
enough room in the feet to bend the feet back around so the hands can just curl
in at the end that’s fine I’m gonna just tuck our little hands in you want all
pokey all pokey ends to go back in but the leg what you want to do is go to
that inch and a half mark about it’s about an inch and a half and then put I
put my finger there and then I twist this back to be the foot so that’s kind
of the foot and I’m gonna pinch it together because the foots gonna kind of
go like that now mine seems a little long I think I cut mine I think before I
actually had mine at seven inches so bear with me I’m gonna take off a little
snip I’m going to take off a half inch on each of these be because I don’t want
my little girl to have these huge feet yeah I think originally I cut mine to
about seven all right so are gonna do is go to that inch and a half mark fold
that rest back in that’s about an inch folded in on itself and now we have
a little foot so again inch and a half mark fold it in to meet that point where
your thumb is and then put that up so now we have kind of a reinforced little
body and this is going to be a head loop so if you felt it with me before we’ve
made head loops and that’s what we’re going to do today – I’m just going to
give that a couple of little twists and leave it open you only need about a
pinky about a pinky are we too close are we doing okay alright okay so y’all just
tell you all just let us know if you need to see anything better and we’re
going to keep on going here now the first thing I want to do is wrap my
hands in my feet I have done it the other way and I really find that
wrapping the red on the hands and the feet seems like the best place to start
so this is my little basket of wool let me go out a little bit okay and I’ve got
my head loop my skater I’m gonna wrap the hands and the feet now the key to
wrapping little parts is getting little thin amounts of wool so I like to
usually fold my wool in half for those of you who aren’t who aren’t familiar
with our mc1 batting you’re gonna see that we use it in a lot of videos and
the best way to learn about it is just to work with it and then see why we you
know recommend it so often but you’re gonna see right now I was able to divide
this into like two little tiny pieces and the length doesn’t matter what’s
most important is that we have some really narrow little strips could you use armature other than
chenille you can and I didn’t bring one but I
used are hard like metal wire but this just grabs on there so much better and
then it’s still bendy it’s still nice to work with okay so I’m just going to be
wrapping this the wool for my feet and just find whatever way is comfortable
for you I tend to twist with my right hand and the key is that you want this
to be nice and narrow so we’re going to do together just like one hand in one
foot I see that Michelle says MC one needle felt so easily now notice that
all I did let me see if I can get in a little bit closer here all I did was
just sort of grab the school on to this chenille stem and I am just twisting it
twist a few times and get some bulk on there and hey if some of your going to
remember this let the wool stick up over the toe let
it stick up off over there a little bit and I probably twisted four times and
now I’m going to tuck that little wool under there and wrap again the tighter
you we get it under there the tighter you wrap the less you’re gonna have to
poke now I’ve only wrapped the foot and now I’m just gonna wrap up the ankle a
little bit wrap up the ankle a few times don’t leave it too thin we want a little
bulk there so we can create a little shelf for our skate but you also don’t
want to go too high so at first it just looks like draft mode which it is and
you can make your skate as thick or as thin as you want and the nice thing
about the batting is it kind of grabs onto itself and also you can just pull
it off you don’t have to deal with super long strands of fiber Devi says does it
matter what color the pipe cleaner is no Devi it doesn’t you can use like our
kids are going to have some white some light gray some sort of tan because
we’re gonna cover it a hundred percent with wool so notice I haven’t poked a
thing and my wool is staying in place this is part of the magic of the mc1
batting you can dry felt it with your hands a little bit and then what I’m
going to do is just use a forty two triangle two needle felt it in place but
you don’t have to poke in to the phone you can just I’m gonna be
quiet so you can hear the needle if you can I’m not poking into the foam and if
I do I’m barely tacking off the foam surface the mistake is to needle felt
all the way through and poked through to the other side so it gets fuzzy I’m
using a 42 triangle which is very very fine it’s a little bit slower to work
but what’s gonna happen is you’re gonna be able to needle felt these little
shallow layers of wool without poking all the way through and without leaving
big needle marks how deep are you going oh I’m only going to like the middle of
the pile so like if I’m needle felting in I’m only going like and I’m not even
going all the way through so vary your angle so that you don’t have to go all
the way through there’s just no need to so I’m gonna poke this and needle felt
it as much as I need to and I know it’s a it might be a little hard to see but
this is a little piece so I just want to encourage you to get really up-close and
personal to your work and take your time to make your you know your little boots
and your little mittens look really really good now for my mittens I didn’t
do anything different all I did was wrap around and I didn’t give her any thumbs
or any fingers so let me just show you how to end the boots and the mittens and
that is I’m going to go straight down into this top here I’ll hold it a little
bit at an angle but what I want to do is create a shelf so just neat poke
straight down all the way around and create a little shelf so that it looks
like the boot actually has some dimension and that’s totally you know
stylistic preference and I know you can’t I know you can’t see much but all
I’m doing is needle felting straight down into the top of the boot to give it
this little bit of a shelf so go all the way around and do both boots and finish
both of your boots completely and your mittens so that you don’t have any loose
v you should be able to pluck at it and no
fibers come off so spend your time getting those really in place and then
as we wrap the body those fibers will really stay in place so you’re going to
do the same on each boot and the same for each hand and I’m going to just do
the body real fast to show you how to wrap up from here because we have a lot
to do this project has a lot of little pieces they’re all easy but there’s a
lot of them okay someone says is this going to be a
tutorial Linda here we’re in it it already is
here we are Jennifer says she’s been poking too deep oh that’s good yeah it’s
good to recognize okay so check it out I’m gonna just go out a little bit this
is my white fiber this is just our cotton white it is a natural unbleached
white I like it for this project and again I’m gonna split that thickness
because if you want to control lumps and bumps then you’ve got to get your wool
nice and thin you don’t want it to have twists you don’t want it to have lumps
and bumps and the thinner this is the easier it is to draft out so what we’re
going to do again is draft it out really thinly just move those legs out of the
way we’re gonna start wrapping right above
the boot you don’t even have to needle felt it down but wrap tight tight tight
tight tight wrap enough on there that you don’t see your armature shape you
should put enough on there that you don’t see your armature shape now you
can do this with the single armature I mean you don’t have to double wrap it I
just found that she had less noodle appendages okay if I gave her a double
wrap I really liked it with the metal wire but I found it was much slower and
more fussy so I kind of left experimented with this a little bit and
I like to wrap one leg all the way and then you can come up on the body and
then I’m going to actually wrap the other leg up onto the body too so you
can terminate it wherever you want but it is easier to go from here to here
than to go down because you never know where you’re
gonna run out I mean with MC one honestly it doesn’t really matter but
before you go I don’t want you to make this part of the body too thick we’re
just gonna get the leg started and then we’re gonna put the head on okay so
we’re gonna stop here and you’re gonna do leg two
the same way remember to drive felt along your way and meaning you’re going
to just use your hands like this and before you let go of anything make sure
to needle felt now this is a forty two triangle I’m holding now a green one the
under parts I don’t care if there’s needle marks it’s gonna go a little
faster than a forty two you could also use a thirty eight star or thirty eight
triangle or a thirty eight spiral whatever you like but on the torso it
doesn’t matter because that part’s not going to show
yet that’ll go a little faster but on the leg you want to take your time a
needle felt at these really shallow angles poke poke poke poke poke poke I
want to say that I think a reason to spend a lot of time needle felting this
little underbody is because Christmas ornaments get packed away every year
they also get handled when people come to visit don’t hey people pick them up
and touch them and if you whether this is for you even if it is for you don’t
we often end up gifting ornaments you know we get older they get handed down
to somebody and even little things like this become an heirloom like the one I
have is just a simple little doll and I love her to pieces and she has to be 20
I don’t know 60 over 60 years old you know she’s and
she’s in perfect condition so like I said she’s not wool but especially since
it is take your time and needle felt all these parts down really well and get
those legs smooth so don’t rush okay so you’re gonna do the other leg the same
way but let’s make a head we want to get the head on before we build up this
torso and what I like to do is just leave a little opening in my loop there
come in a little closer and we’re gonna draft this out again some of you who’ve
done the doll tutorial with me already familiar with this kind of way
I’m going to poke the wool through that loop and then we’re going to wrap it you
can squeeze the loop down shut if you want what I want you to do is leave
we’ve have a little twist in there but I want you to leave as much of this open
as possible and we want to make like a nice round head so go around three four
or five times and then I do want you to go under you’re gonna have to go through
that V at least once or twice to round out the head otherwise it’s just gonna
look too flat they you know if it doesn’t work for you at first just don’t
do it don’t worry about it just don’t do it
and I am going to just gonna probably use all of this I’m going to pull this
off and it’s loosey-goosey it doesn’t even matter you can just wrap it around
and then we’re going to needle felt it all in place
so just make the head round if you want like I said mine is fashioned after more
of like a little peg doll so just make the face nice and round you can use your
coarser needles here because we’re on the underneath of the wool so like right
now I’m using a 38 to start Diane says I seem to have trouble with needle felting
around this chenille stem it turns out lumpy rather than smooth do you have any
suggestions it turns out lumpy rather than smooth are so Joelle says when she
needle falls over she’ll stem it turns out lumpy rather than smooth are you
adding more wool so that is the lumpy part the wire and if so just smooth it
out with your wool I mean you can layer this wool on wherever you want so all
we’re gonna do here with the head is make it nice and round and attach it to
the body now someone asked am I going to put more wool on the body and the answer
is yes but I want to get my head on first got to get my head on straight we
are using living felt mc1 cotton white and vintage red and
then we’re going to use some black and some dark
brown and pale peach for the face okay uh-huh and says she’s ice skated for
years and she can’t wait to make one of these I see a question mark a series of
question marks from Debbie but do we know what those are oh good good okay
all right so needle follow your head until it’s nice and smooth mine is not
done it’s not smooth but I do want to jump ahead since we have so many parts
to make and show you what to do so just remember I’ll make sure I’ve said it
four or five times take your time needle felt these things nice and firmly and
needle felt them smooth because you want this to really last for years so then
we’re going to take a little bit of pale peach we have about nine colors in our
mc1 that we recommend for skin tones and this happens to be a very popular one
for fair-skinned kind of Caucasian creations and also good for the inside
of the mouse’s ears now you don’t even have to cover the whole face the whole
head it depends on what you’re doing like I like my doll I think she looks
cozier my doll my ornament I think she looks cozy or if the back of her head is
covered in her hat so I don’t even need the skin tone on the back of her head so
all you want to do is pull off a little tuft of that fiber and needle felted
onto the face just like that and I am using my 42 triangle to tack all of that
into place shallow tack shallow tax shallow tax my head my body and head
they’re about I think it’s three and a half heads high three and a half four
heads high I did I did look at that and I think like you see that maybe with
like little dwarves and sometimes little cartoony characters that you’re gonna
have fewer heads high so she’s just a little girl
and she’s just a little playful thing I didn’t want some big leggy ornament I
want something huge okay so this is really rough and ready y’all since we
have so many parts I don’t want to spend too much time refining because I’m going
to jump ahead to a doll that is where you want it
before you start clothing and such okay so final questions before I attach my
head was the head made from one of the four inch pieces yeah it was made from
one of the leftovers yeah it was and I do think that a time or two I may have
cut mine to seven instead of the eight so you might check that out now I do
find that getting the head in completely smooth and ready is a little bit easier
when it’s off the doll so you might play with that idea
you know don’t don’t put it on until it’s all nice and smooth and just how
you want it it keeps you from flip-flopping your body with the boots
and the hands all over your phone any more than you need to okay so what
you’re gonna have right now is boots done mittens done and now we’re gonna
put the head on so I just like to put the head on just like this put one wire
in front and one wire and back and this is why you don’t want too much wool on
the torso because you’re going to twist this just around the torso and just
anchor it on and then we’re going to bury all of that with wool so one I go
this way and one I’m gonna go this way so they’re not twisting the same way
this will help her just have a little bit of a neck and mine is not finished
it’s really rough and ready but this is what you’re going to do so you get your
head on and get that all smooth get the head on and then you’re going to have
your body finished and it’s going to look like this
insta presto ready right oh yeah voila this is where you want to get to so let
me show it to you a little close notice the back of my head doesn’t have any
color on it because I don’t really care all that much and the body is needle
felted and the mittens or needle felted and they have that little bit I can you
see a little bit of a shelf it just gives it looks like the mins are on
there if it has a little bit of a shelf okay so now it is up to you what you
want to make next we need to make a hat and a scarf so some of these methods are
going to look very familiar to you and so to get a little hat going you can use
one of your leftover pieces and I would say use one of the longer pieces for the
Hat so that you can make your hat as long and as spindly as you want and
again I’m just gonna get you started on this just if I jump out a little bit I’m
just gonna get you started on this and show you how we got there oh cool yeah
it helps me anyway okay so what I like to do again is just take a long narrow
strip you’re gonna have more control if you work in narrow strips at least with
the batting and because you can layer it over and over again it doesn’t matter
you know that you piece it onto itself and now you can decide how long you want
your hat to be your chenille stem should be your chenille stem should just be
about the length you want your hat to be so if you want your doll to have a hat
that’s about this long then double it over to that degree the reason you want
to use a longer piece is so that you have something to twist it with so let’s
say we want to make a long hat and I’m going to show you a stubby hat too I
started then you’re just gonna twist your chenille stem about to that place
you can open the loop if that’s easier for you or you don’t have to again draft
your wool out so it’s nice and narrow and this sort of twisting motion you
guys are going to just have you know oh yeah these are just like basic building
blocks right the same the same sort of methods worked over and over again you
can pinch that shut and then we’re going to twist the fiber I do like a little
bit just to stick off the end because I don’t want the white to show so if you
stick a little off the end fold it over and then you can wrap over it and then
you have that covered let’s go in just a little bit here and now we’re going to
twist down just to where the wire was doubled and this is why that using that
extra wire is really handy because you can
have something to grab on to and we’re just gonna twist this and remember to
hold attention remember to hold tension so you don’t lose what you’re working on
and then I’m just gonna go right back up it which is kind of the magic of working
with batting / roving because it just kind of as long as you’re holding that
tension pretty good you can just go back up and down in the wrapping and just
keep wrapping where you want that hat to be more full I will kind of stop right
here let’s say see the basic shape of my hat and then just pull off the balance
before you start I do I’m not working with a full thickness of the batting and
so in the kit you’re going to be getting a split thickness mm-hmm yes good
question and I do split the thickness of the bats for those of you who get our
mc1 batting for the first time you’ll know it is it is a really thick bat so
now we’re just going to shape our hat all you have to do is shape your hat and
get it how you want it and remember not to needle felt this very end down here
so get your head this is the way I like to use the wire is because one it makes
it pretty fast to make a hat but two you can make it any shape you want you can
even make it super long so that your hat ends up curling on to you know something
else so I’m using my 42 triangle it’s very
slow but what it allows me to do is needle felt the shape gradually without
making a whole bunch of holes so keep needle felting your hat making
it just how you want and then I’m gonna grab the one that I started I started
making a different hat I thought it looked even a little more pixie than the
one side and doing a little more stubby so notice that this hat is pretty well
felt it and then this end is all loose and fluffy hmm I’m gonna cough I don’t
have a mic silencer right now what I’m gonna do though is push on the wool I’m
gonna push on the wool and cut it off inside the Hat way up in there so I can
set the hat on I’m so sorry I cannot silence myself I’m
gonna just shove this down under there and clip that off and notice we have a
whole bunch of wool now that we can fluff out and put on ahead of our doll
just like that and I’ll just decide which way you want
her hat to go I kind of like mine going backwards rather than forwards um looks
a little more like Devo this way and so now you can use whatever needle you feel
comfortable with I’m gonna start with my 42 and notice I’m holding pressure and
oh by the way let me tell you I mean this is me pinching I mean I am pinching
on this hat and I’m not able to flatten it so needle felt your stuff pretty firm
we do have a firmness tutorial online so I’m gonna smash it down on her head and
I’m gonna start tacking it down you can use a more aggressive needle you can use
the 42 triangle also you can always cover up any really big needle marks but
what we want is this to really anchor onto her head okay Diana says she did a
sympathy cough Thank You Diana I really needed I feel much better now
okay so I’m gonna match this down on her head and really feel free to add skin
tone all the way around if you want on your doll this is just what I found that
I kind of like feeling like our hats we pull down and keeping our warm now I
like to attach it to her head and then what I like to do is to go back and
create a little shelf and we just do the same kind of the same thing we did on
the gloves and I’ve also found that I like this kind of arched on her face
I’ve done a few of these now and I like it to be kind of arched you could always
go back and add more wool to the rim and I’ll show that to you now just take
another strip take another strip you can actually fold it in half and use that
fold that you’ve created then guide that wall I think I think
this would also be a really cute little Waldorf Lake faceless you know it would
make a good little faceless doll so you can add a little more wool right on top
and just give her that cozy hood that I was talking about and let it have full
coverage of her head what needle this one is the 42 triangle on the hat I’m
pretty much gonna use the 42 triangle because I don’t want to leave big needle
marks so I’m willing to be a little more patient with that now I’m gonna fold
this around the head again just so I really in this case I just want her to
look all bundled up I thought I was gonna make a boy too and I never got
that far it was just enough now for those who like to needle felt loose just
remember my pieces are gonna look looser than I will finish them I really want
them to be finished but we’re gonna have to jump ahead here so that we can finish
our doll our ornament in the time so forgive my speed felting we’re gonna
take a little tiny bit of I just have a mishmash here in my pile a little bit of
black for the eyes and we’re gonna make her some hair and you can use gosh any
old pinch of fiber for the hair will work I’ve decided on this girl I’m gonna
make your eyes a little more far apart so I’m just gonna put a tuft of wool
right there and I’m gonna just poke it in and twirl and poke that’s how we make
a dot just like that and I know I have another piece of black take a tiny pinch
you don’t even have to fuss with it if it’s too big pull it out if or needle
help it in more if it’s too little add some more I’m not very close to my piece
but I’m gonna give her a little bit of white I look could you add the hair before the Hat or
you can’t you can but I add so little hair that I want to see where the where
the Hat lines gonna go that’s all I that’s all I decided to do so the truth
is there are no rules except keep your eye on the needle that’s a good one
good guideline it’s it’s just a guideline just a guideline is there a
way to give her some curves sure Linda just keep adding some just keep adding
some wool I’m putting a skirt on her so you can make her as curvy as you want
I’m taking a tiny pinch of red I’m just gonna curl it between my fingers I’m
gonna give her a little smile I mean y’all make your make your little skater
whatever you want to look like I tend to find that I’ll make one thing over and
over in the same way so that I can show it to you you know I don’t give myself a
lot of room for variety because I’m doing the lesson but I hope you guys
will just take this wherever you want let’s do some quick hair because we got
to get her dressed what he got in this is all I do with hair is just like the
mouth so this is what I do you can just twist this mc1 out you do want to use
some pretty good pressure and your fingers you can add some moisture like
you could have a little damp sponge or a little bucket of water but mostly I just
want to really dry felt it together with my fingers and then decide how long you
want our hair to be like this this hat is not finished so you all remember that
her hats not finished not finished not finished what I’m going to do is just
tuck her hair right into there and add a few locks just like that so that they’re
trailing around her face and this is just my way but I like her hair cuz I
want her here it’ll kind of fly out if you see with the mc1 and I’m not gonna
over needle up it but hey look you could use yarn to yarn would be a really good
choice for hair on this little doll and it would probably hold up you just want
it to be a thin yarn as all so here’s my doll I’m gonna have deal
wanting to finish her tonight because she’s so undone thank goodness for the
Great British Bake Off I thought I could probably people always ask how long it
takes to make something I thought well I could answer it and how many episodes I
have to hey let’s make her scarf super quick I’m gonna have to jump forward to
that so we can get all of her little clothes on the scarf is super duper easy
all we’re gonna do is take take a strip and it doesn’t even matter if your
strips are kind of rough but make it just maybe a little bit wider than you
want for the scarf and you can always tease it out mm-hmm
we gonna hair a little bit so make it a little bit wider than you need what
you’re gonna do this is how I do it I’m just gonna needle felt all up and down
the middle about a finger wide all up and down the middle do that for a while
yeah I’m poking it into the phone but I’m using a very fine needle peel it off
continue on the other side we’re just compacting all those fibers down and
making sort of a center channel you can do that two three four times whatever
you feel comfortable with and then we’re gonna take the sides and just fold them
in and I use my finger for this you could use a ruler you could use a piece
of cardboard we just want to get a nice fold along this edge you’re gonna do
that I’m leaving the ends loose on both sides for the moment you’re gonna do
that on this side too and I’m not driving it into the foam I’m just using
the foam to kind of hold it in place and this is a little fiddly meaning it takes
a little time to get it as even as you want I make my this is probably a little
long my scarf is probably more about that long bolt both ends in get it all
nice and even peel it up off your foam and I do this back and forth nests a few
times I even bring in this is my world market say 40% off coupon yeah yeah yeah
once I do that a few times and I get nice and flat and then I’m going to get
that edge real nice and clean by using the card and just needle felting in the
sides I’m gonna fold in the ends so that I have a nice shelf there folding the
ends and get those how you want them and then I’m going to add some racing
stripes so here’s my little scarf going just one quick tip on the stripes of
your scarf after making a few and not wanting the white to be I want the white
to be as pure as possible at least on one side you see how rough it is on this
side what I found is if you start it on the back and make your stripe long just
like we did I know we’re almost out of time I’m gonna be so fast I got I still
got to get skates in and out and a cinch sack we might go over a minute okay
here’s the striping start the striping on the back on the other side and just
tack it into place and then what you can do is fold it over on to the top right
where that same little white puffiness is and at least one side will be super
pure and clean and tack that down and I tack over both sides so that it’s clean
and not fuzzy on the edges but stops short of that end use your scissors if
you have to to cut it off short and that will give you some nice clean stripes good well I I would really love if y’all
are watching it the YouTube playback if anyone’s watching I hope that you’ll
leave a comment down below you all will be able to watch this on that on our
youtube channel after we’re all done so I hope that you leave a comment let us
know what was the most helpful part of this tutorial for my scarf what I’m
going to do is totally cinch it around her neck like really tight and then I’m
going to needle felt it into place so give it that you know whatever twist you
want just wrap it around her neck choose one of your needles and needle felt it
on there really needle felt it onto her neck and get it to stay in place and
it’s gonna stick out because the way they look she’s already racing
so even needle felted down and get it too
in place and cover anything you don’t want let’s make her a skirt and a cinch
that because it’s almost the same process and oh right I’ll jump to a
finish cinch stack but I’ll tell you all how to do it and Kenya a huge favorite
and thread that with a double threaded needle sorry I didn’t do it already
thank you okay so here’s what we’re gonna do we’re gonna make her little
skirt her little skirt here and her little cinch sack and this is going to
be like the easiest outfit you’ve ever made so you’re gonna want to grab your
three-inch thingy whatever that is pencil ideally and on the underneath
side of each one trace a little circle this is a three inch circle at least for
the skirt I found a three inch circle was at least for this size doll was
about right and I’m gonna do the same thing on the cinch sack fabric and you
can Center this what’s so fun this little print you can Center whatever you
want to kind of stick out I’m gonna have all of those show okay so what you’re
gonna do on the skirt is cut right on the line and I use my pinking shears so
it doesn’t fray if you don’t have pinking shears you can also use fray
stop and I’m sure that some of the so ist’s in our midst will like make them
very fancy clothing but all we’re gonna do is cut this out with our little
pinking shears and then it’s gonna fray less and it’s gonna look oh so cute and okay that’s pretty easy then what I want
to do is just fold the fabric in half fold it in half again and now we have
this little pie shape and I’m gonna make a tiny oh so tiny cut in the fabric look
how tiny that is just enough that I can fit it up on her to her body so when you
open it up hmm it’ll be about a finger hole shove her
to little feetsies through that hole what you’re gonna do is just pull that
little skirt up and down it goes now on my skirts what I like to do is make sure
that I have it in the right place and then what you can do is do little finger
creases and you can do your finger creases even before you put it on her
and you might even decide to iron yours or starch them or whatever but you can
do these little finger creases all around her skirt so that it’s kind of
pleated if you have a softer fabric like the very first one I made was from an
old flannel shirt then it might drape a little more nicely but the quilting
fabric is still really cute and you know you can just have fun with the patterns
and then what I do is I’m just gonna needle felt I’m not going to have time
for that but just needle up a little band of fiber right around her skirt to
kind of anchor it to her body okay so there’s that oh I’m glad if you guys are
liking this alright so here we go now I’m going to make the cinch sack and the
tip I have for the cinch sack is to cut outside the line you want a little more
perimeter outside for the cinch sack just so you have a little room so I
don’t know 1/4 inch or something like that it doesn’t really matter because
you can even cut it again after so we’ve been debating what she has in her sack
it could be presents it could be coming barriers it could be a pie and
there’s a pie in there I should have gone classier but well I was thinking
she could be like have a change of clothes for a night out and she’s not
running away from home that’s for sure yeah it’s not her running away from home
bag okay so what you’re gonna need for this is a little needle felted ball so
just make yourself a little tiny needle felted ball and we’re gonna be wrapping
that in a cinch sack the magic Anne has made me my needle and thread so I’m just
gonna show you how to do this and you’re gonna have to do it on your own you want
to start from the outside of the fabric so enter your needle on the outside and
come up here you’re gonna want to leave yourself a trail I know we’re over
already aah whoo we got to do this gates leave
yourself a trail of you know 3/4 inches she gave me a super long thread which is
per it’s perfect and I also have a super long needle all you’re gonna do is run
your needle all the way around we’re not gonna have time to finish it but run it
all the way around the circle like this what I’m going to do is pass it to Anne
here in a second while I think the skates and that is going to allow us to
cinch it up around her ball and I’ll show it to you because honestly tying it
is a little bit fiddly but this is what you’re going to do so that in the middle
we’ll pull on the two thread ends and it’ll seal our little ball inside so I’m
gonna make the skates while Anne does this don’t don’t have to be perfect so
let’s look at our skates and whoo bling in this kit I know you know YouTube
doesn’t really like long things like if it’s 20 minutes people will watch it but
on Facebook we’re like oh yeah let’s just hang out I could’ve felt with you
guys all day – that’d be just fine someone else can do the accounting
here’s here’s how we size the skates now this is just how I do this gate so y’all
might find even it you know more way to do it so let me just show you
real close all I did was put this real blingy chenille stem on the bottom and
they’re just glued in place it might look a little messy she’s been in and
out of my box and this stuff is metallic it grabs on to everything but what I do
is I’m going to start by measuring here on the foot with this back I’m gonna
fold it in half fold it in on itself and I don’t know why but I like it to come
up the back of her boot just a little bit just about like that this seems a
little long and if it’s too long you can always cut it after so may may as well
cut both at the same time mine is turning out to be about five two and a
half inches I think her foot is about an inch so that makes a lot of sense so
then I’ll just cut this one the same length Wendy thank you for that you all
are so kind I can’t tell you like how fun this is for us to come together with
you every week it really is so fun for us as well thank you Laurie
y’all are so sweet everybody just big ole kisses from all of us we love it
well we wish this you know y’all have fun with this for sure okay here’s what
I got I’m just gonna put my little metal chenille stem on there and I like to
bend it up around the boot I don’t know why I like to come up the back you might
like it to come up the front but what you’ll find is it’s going to be kind of
ready to grab on to your wool and then I’m gonna put the glue right on the boot
so take this off make them both if you want just so you’re ready again we’re
going to start here at the end of the foot bend it back over on itself and
give it a little this one might be a little long one foots longer than the
other I have the same problem all right so we’re just using aleene’s tacky glue
you know we do have this in the shop now and somehow I just can’t seem to get it
on the website I guess I just want to keep all the glue for myself I don’t
know what’s the my problem okay so here we go I’m just gonna put the glue right
right on her foot and yeah it’s gonna be more glue and I don’t
have any totally invisible blue maybe you do but I don’t have any totally
invisible glue and I’m just gonna shove that on there that’s it
just mash it on there and it’ll stick and I’m gonna do boot to do this so
sweet and I saw that sugar queen says do we have a quit kit and the answer is yes
we do have a kit and it’s on our site under needle felting kits
what’s your going to need remember that you’re going to need some you know
embroidery floss or ribbon to hang her with and you’re gonna want some sewing
thread this one I haven’t mashed all the way there we go there’s something about
if you bend that stuff it just sticks better so there’s the her two little
skates are on I haven’t secured this down or finished her hat but Anne has
her cinch sack ready for me just so you can see how it works and again it is a
little fiddly to just secure Thank You Anne if your if your thread is really
short you might want to keep your needle on just so you can tell the difference
am i I’m a little tangled up who’s who oh here’s one okay here’s one and here’s
one I can find your two two ends of your thread and notice that all you have to
do is pull on them and they’re going to you know they’re going to close up for
you as I learned that making suck dolls like can you close the back of a head of
a sock doll which it was my therapy one really difficult year before I was
working full-time for living without also all you have to do is pull both
ends of that thread and you’re gonna have a darling little cinch sack just
like that and I’m gonna cut these threads off here and it’s got the magic
scissors and I do find a couple of things is that one you want to pull it
really tight and you can tie this in a knot but if you tie it tight and secure
or not secure knot and then go back around the sack a couple of times like
do you tie the knot tie a couple of knots and then go back around it like
that and one one way one the other way and tie another knot so that it stays
just like that and my recommendation is to get some sewing thread and sew
through her little mitten in the same color because over time this is the kind
of thing that gets lost and what happens is you end up telling the story about
how she used to have a cinch sack you gotta tell this story how she used to
have a cinch sack so here’s a this is just another version of this girl
unfinished that we made today and her cinch sack is held on her skirt is I
don’t even think I fully attached her skirt but you can see it has the you
know the little pleats in it and all she’s missing is some embroidery floss –
hanger and we’re gonna give you a little silver jingle bell that you can put it
matches her skates we decided silver more than the vintage one to have at
your skates so I really hope you guys enjoyed this process and if you make one
we hope you’ll share it in our group living felt friends and yeah I can’t
wait to see the ones that you come up with you guys thank you so much for
watching this video we hope it was fun if you enjoyed this project be sure to
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that we shared earlier and we hope to see you in our group livin felt friends
see you next time

5 thoughts on “Needle Felt Ice Skater Christmas Ornament – Wooly Wednesday 11-13-2019”

  1. Thank goodness for taping the tutorials, I was so disappointed when I realized I missed Wooly Wednesday… watched the news today and looked up at the clock… ugh missed it… and look how adorable this project is too 💕💕

  2. Super helpful and a wonderful learning tool. Techniques that can be applied in so many ways. Thank you. Love your little skater.

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