Twas a crafty Christmas – felted and stitched bracelets

The idea for felted bangles was not my own. I saw them in Felt Jewelry: 25 Pieces to Make Using a Variety of Simple Felting Techniques and thought it would be a simple, but fun present to make. You simply felt a smallish area of wool and cut out the shape you need. But then I had the leftover cutouts for the wrists and I hate waste. Since I was working with somewhat contrasting colors, I used the waste as linear details. Made it more time consuming, but it made it more my own and added a nice detail. Wanting to play with variation, I purposefully made them slightly different shapes and sizes. Need to work on the cleanliness of my machine stitching, but that will come with practice.

Wet felted merino wool, stitched
wet felted shetland and merino wools, stitched

St.Lukes – felted wall hanging

This piece I started as part of a live demonstration at Paint the Town – St. Lukes Hospital’s annual benefit in late September. I demonstrated wet-felting, as most people probably haven’t seen this done, or know anything about it. The initial idea was to finish a piece at the benefit, but even with a lot of prep work, it just wasn’t feasible.

The main shape was wet-felted, which was completed at the benefit. The pink dots were blended into the back of the piece with a felting machine, or embellisher. Originally, I was going to just put pink dots on each of the sections, but I added the stitching for contrast and texture. I sort of tried to come up with a name for it, but I always thought of it as the “St. Lukes piece,” so might as well leave it at that. It’s approximately 24″ accross.

St.Lukes - hand-dyed shetland wool wall hanging
St.Lukes detail
Machine needle-felted spots and metallic stitching

This is also backed with a commercial felt for hanging on the wall.

The colors are hand-dyed from Shetland wool. I have a thing for hot pink and (especially) purple lately, which might sound bizarre to those who have known me for years. What can I say? I have no logical answer for you. It does not stem from K-State (those who know me well should know that!). I avoided purple for years due to my anti-sport and superfluous school spirit policies.