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Monogrammed Woolens




Give plain winter hats, mittens, and other items a decorative touch with a simple technique called needle felting. Letters and designs can be added to articles by using wool roving, a textile similar to unwoven yarn. 


  • Wool roving
  • Woolen accessories
  • Sponge
  • Medium-blade felting needle


  1. Step 1

    Start with clean 100 percent woolen accessories. Place a clean sponge between layers in a hat or mittens, and secure a stencil on top with straight pins. Pull off a small clump of roving, and place it over stencil.

  2. Step 2

    Using a medium-blade felting needle, pierce roving, and press the needle through article. Continue piercing roving until stencil is filled in. (The needle, which has small notches near the point, will interlock roving and wool.) When finished, hand-wash the item, and dry flat to secure the design.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2006



Reviews (6)

  • gapati 29 Dec, 2008

    Esta padrisima la idea para los chicos que en las escuelas pierden las gorritas del uniforme

  • bayarts 29 Dec, 2008

    Fantastic idea! Thanks!

    Stacy Alexander

  • TriciaJay 29 Dec, 2008

    Thanks for the instructions (below) on finding this! Looks great!

  • rebexas 29 Dec, 2008

    right, its just raw wool. the needle has tiny barbs and pushes it thru the knitted piece but not all the basically all bonds together and forms felt in just that area. if you look up needle felting it is actually a pretty popular craft- you can find the materials for it in most of the craft stores in the needle arts sections.

  • knittingzeal 29 Dec, 2008

    Needle felting is using wool roving, not cotton, and a very sharp needle with barbs on in to matte down the wool into wool or onto itself--it makes the tiny wool fibers mesh together to make a solid piece. The posted instructions are not very thourough--google "needle felting" and you'll probably find more info. It really is easy and fun to do once you figure it out.

  • deme423 29 Dec, 2008

    Has anyone ever done this. I don't understand the instructions. Is the material like a ball of cotton and you just push it thru the holes in the hat? Anyone have any ideas? Please share...