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Needle-Felted Woodland Ornaments

Forest animals, mushrooms, and bristle ornaments mix the natural and the fantastical — and bring texture to your tree.

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012

materials

  • 3 mm wool felt (Pictured: 3 mm, in assorted colors, $12 per sheet, achildsdream.com)
  • Colored tailor's chalk pencil
  • Roving (Pictured: Bhedawool roving, in Tomato, Snow, and Military Green, $3.50 for 25 g, purlsoho.com)
  • Needle-felting mat and tool (Pictured: Felting needle foam, $11.50; felting needles, by Blue Grip, $7.50 for 2; colonialneedle.com)
  • Screw punch
  • Twine

steps

  1. Print templates; cut out.
  2. Trace templates onto felt with tailor's chalk, and cut out.
  3. Place a felting-needle mat under felt, and lay a few tufts of roving side by side where desired. Using a needle-felting tool, punch fibers through felt until they transfer evenly to the reverse side.
  4. Remove stray fibers by pressing felted area with one hand and teasing out stray pieces with the other. Repeat until area is covered.
  5. Use a screw punch to make a hole at the top. Hang with twine.

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