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Homemakery How To: Valentines Garland

Valentines Garland

I’m sure I’m not the only one to be glad to see the back of January and welcome February with open arms, mostly because I can start Valentines crafting in earnest! So today I am sharing a very quick valentines garland. I really love needle felting at the moment so this tutorial features sweet needle felted hearts which I shared in this tutorial but you could easily substitute them for pink felt balls or heart shaped pom poms.  Happy garland making!

Ingredients

Small Heart Doilies
Doilies Acrylic Stamp Set
Homemakery Lovely Bakers Twine in Hello Cupid
Red Devil Ink Pad
Red & Pink Natural Wool Roving
John James Tapestry Needles

Ingredients - Valentines Garland

Tools

Acrylic Block 
Needle Felting Pen
Needle Felting Mat
Clover Rose Needle Felting Mold

Instructions

1. Needle Felt eight hearts, four using pink wool roving, four using red natural wool roving. If you are new to needle felting see our beginners guide to needle felting blog post for a step by step guide. If you don’t fancy needle felting why not use our pink felt balls or make your own heart shaped pom poms?

Valentines Heart Garland

2. Stamp three doilies using the heart shaped doily stamp from the Doilies Acrylic Stamp Set

3. Cut off 1.5 metres of Hello Cupid Lovely Bakers Twine and thread onto a Tapestry needle, take your first needle felted heart and thread it through, then thread a heart doily and repeat.

Valentines Garland

4. For our garland we used: red heart, plain doily, pink heart, stamped doily, red heart, plain doily, pink heart, stamped doily, red heart, plain doily, pink heart, stamped doily, red heart, plain doily, pink heart.

Finished Valentines Garland

Valentines Garland Needle Felted Heart Garland

 

Happy crafting!

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Homemakery How to: Valentine Embroidery Hoopla

Valentines Embroidery Hoopla

With Valentines Day just around the corner this cute embroidery hoop incorporates sweet embroidery with needle felting to create a gorgeous Valentines hoopla which can be displayed all year round.

Ingredients

9 inch embroidery hoop
Beige linen measuring 12 inch by 12 inch
Prym Mark & Erase Pen
Red & Pink Natural Wool Roving
John James Cross Stitch & Embroidery Needles – Embroidery Size 7
DMC Embroidery Thread Pack – Flower Garden & WhiteEmbroidery Threade
2 Red Buttons
1 FQ - Sevenberry Light Pink Ticking 
Red Stripe Ribbon 16mm
Glue

Love You Always Embroidery Pattern (click to download)

Tools

Needle Felting Pen
Needle Felting Mat
Clover Rose Needle Felting Mold

Instructions

1. Download the Love you always embroidery pattern by clicking on the link above and print out onto A4 paper.

2. Trace your design onto your linen using the Prym mark and erase pen. The simplest way to do this is to washi tape your design and linen to a window then trace over the outline with the pen.

3. Next needle felt the hearts, if you don’t want to needle felt sew on some felt or simply embroider around the hearts, its up to you! If you are needlefelting use the Clover Rose mold and pink and red natural wool roving and needle felt onto the linen. If you are new to needle felting see our beginners guide to needle felting blog post for a step by step guide.

Tracing & needle felting

4. Next begin the embroidery:

Valentines Embroidery Hoop

  • for the Love You Always text we backstitched using red DMC embroidery thread 817, each stitch measures c.4mm long.
  • for the green leaves we used back stitch for the stem and lazy daisy stitch for each leaf in green DMC embroidery thread 954.

Leaves & Lettering

  • For the flower we backstitched around each petal in blue DMC embroidery thread 813.
  • For the little stars we stitched 4 straight stitches crossing in the middle in white DMC embroidery thread Blanc
  • We customised our needle felted hearts by stitching initials on the small hearts and outlining the larger heart in straight stitch.

Embroidered Needle Felted Hearts

5. Sew two small buttons in the centre of your flowers and your embroidery is complete!

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6. Now to decorate your hoop. Cut your fabric into 1 inch strips about 15 inches long, you will probably need around 4 or 5 strips. Place some glue on the inside of the hoop, pva or craft glue will work fine. Stick the end of one strip to the glue and holding it in place keep wrapping it tightly around the hoop until you come to the end of the strip. Secure the end to the inside of the hoop with some glue, apply more glue to the inside of the hoop take the next strip and repeat until you finish wrapping your hoop.

Covering embroidery hoop with fabric

7. Leave your hoop to dry and trim off any loose threads. Put your finished embroidery back into your hoop and cut off any excess fabric. You can also back your embroidery with some felt at this point to hide the back.

8. Tie your ribbon onto your hoop with a big bow and your Valentines Embroidery Hoopla is complete!

Completed Valentines Embroidery Hoop

Happy Stitching!

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A beginners guide to Needle Felting

If you have visited the Homemakery lately you may have noticed our new range of needle felting products tucked away in our Home Crafts department!

Needle Felting is a really lovely craft to give a try, it basically involves creating stand alone shapes or applique simply using wool roving and a barbed needle felting needle. All you do is continually poke the wool roving until the fibres interlock and become dense and firm.

The best bit about Needle Felting? Its incredibly theraputic there is something about repeatedly poking a bit of wool with a needle that is a great stress reliever but you also get to make something at the same time!

So if you haven’t come across Needle Felting before and fancy giving it a try, here is our Homemakery beginners guide to Needle Felting!

Needle Felting Tools

You don’t need a lot to get started with needle felting at the very basic end of the scale all you need is a needle felting needle, a mat and some wool roving and thats it you can get started:

An Introduction to Needle Felting

You dont need to buy a needle felting tool but they are much safer than using a needle on their own. Needle felting needles are incredibly sharp so take care when handling them and keep out of the way of little hands or paws!

Needle Felting How To

There are two basic ways of needle felting. The first is needle felting onto fabric aka needle felting applique and the second is needle felting to create a stand alone shape.

For both we are going to be using the Clover Needle Felting Pen, Small Clover Needle Felting Mat, Clover Needle Felting Rose Mold and some Clover Natural Wool Roving.

A beginners guide to needle felting v2

Needle Felting Applique

Take your fabric, I’ve used some of our beige linen, place it on top of the needle felting mat, place the mold on top of where you want to applique.

Cut about 10cm by 1.5cm of wool roving from the hank and gently pull apart. Press the roving into the mold using the little orange tool the comes with the mold to help.

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Then start at the border and start pressing the wool roving into the linen using your needle felting pen. Keep the pen and needles upright and enter the mold vertically, you dont want to go in at an angle. Go around the outside of the shape a couple of times say 4 until the roving begins to firm and compress.

P1115637Then keep working in towards the centre, use short sharp punches in and out and don’t focus on one spot too heavily just keep moving around until the shape becomes flattened down and fairly firm to the touch. Add additional wool roving if any part seems a little uneven.

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Once your needle felting feels firm to the touch remove the mold and remove from the mat, the reverse of the applique will be a little fuzzy but that is just the wool bonding to the linen, its not recommended that you snip these as they should flatten with time.

Thats it, needle felted applique!Finished Needle Felted Heart Applique

Needle Felted shape

Take your mat and place a piece of paper over it, pop your mold on top, you could use a cookie cutter for this.

Snip off some roving, you will use typically use more than for the applique so cut about 10cm by 2cm of wool roving from the hank and gently pull apart. Press the roving into the mold using the little orange tool the comes with the mold to help.

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Again work from the outside in until the wool is well felted together, but not so that its felted itself to the paper. Take the mold off unpeel the heart from the paper flip over and put back in mold. If you want to add additional roving to make it thicker you can do that now. Repeat several times.

Once the shape is firm you can take it out of the mold and use the needle felting pen to tidy up the edges. Take care as the needles are seriously sharp!

P1115676Your finished shape should be firm to the touch and not squishy, keep felting on both sides until firm.

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Then you are done!

Needle Felted Hearts

That’s needle felting in a nutshell, if you fancy giving it a try check out our range of needle felting products here

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