Tuesday, November 12, 2013
awhile back i signed up for an online handmade ornament swap. after i got my partners' info, i knew i wanted to make ornaments using wool felt, ideally some sort of forest animal. at some point last year, i'd ordered a whole box of wool felt in various colors, but had never used any. then, in october at the International Quilt Festival, i bought some more, and discovered that i'm really allergic! yeah, coughing, wheezing, inability to breathe, the whole shebang!
nonetheless, i was determined to make wool felt ornaments! i searched for patterns to suit my partners' interests, and finally settled on a few.
i made birds first:
i think they're super cute! i made two of these for the swap, and two extras, one for myself and one for a friend.
i made a hedgehog:
and i made a penguin:
for the penguin, i used my Sizzix BigShot to cut the tag shape and the white body portion. he's not stuffed, but the felt tag is glued to a chipboard tag for support.
by the time i got these four guys done, i was on a roll and hooked! i was itchy and coughing and snuffling, but i love how the ornaments turned out, so it was worth it in my opinion! i did switch over to acrylic felt and tucked the wool stuff away for now. i made the penguin and hedgie in the first photo above, and cut out pieces for three more penguins to stitch up tonight.
i may end up with a tiny penguin army by the time i'm done!