In hues of blue, gray, and cream, these scarves evoke the look of men's suiting. The stripes are created with pieces of yarn needlefelted along the length or width of the scarves. The navy scarf shows how needle-felting looks on both sides: The design on one side is sharp; the other, blurred. As with the roving scarf, you can dress up a store-bought one or use unhemmed woven-wool fabric cut to the size you desire.
Handmade pillows show off details made from three types of wool. There's a halo of yellow merino-wool roving, three yarn patterns (including one with a loose square knot), and felt oval cutouts, all needle-felted to the pillow fabric.
Ivory, butter, and marigold dots dance across a medium-weight wool blanket, adding subtle color and playfulness. Cut felt circles in a variety of sizes, and needlefelt them onto a blanket, a throw, or a wrap. Use a store-bought one, or make your own. This blanket consists of about three yards of 50-inch-wide woven-wool fabric.
Needle-felting intertwines wool fibers with each prick of a barbed tool. Use this technique to decorate wool pillows, scarves, blankets, and other items with contrasting wool accents—no sewing or gluing necessary.
When wool is washed and dried, it is transformed: The fibers pull together to produce the soft, thick fabric we call felt. This is unintentional, of course. But you can shrink a sweater on purpose -- one that's old, with holes or stains, perhaps -- turning it into a medium that's wonderful for crafting.