You will need some fleece, felting needle, cookie cutter, some yarn, wooden balls (I don’t know the right word for them, but you’ll get the picture when you see them), embroidery yarn and sharp needle with big enough eye to thread the yarn… hope I’m not forgetting anything… oh, yes, a soft surface for the felting.
If you are familiar with felting, skip all the words.
Best wool for felting is one that is not over processed, not too clean, and natural colours always felt easier. If you are a spinner, I’m sure you have plenty for this purpose and you probably have some that you do not enjoy spinning. Try it to this project.
Take the soft surface and lay the cookie cutter on top of it and then start layering wool inside the cutter while felting it with the needle. I layer almost as much as the cookie cutter is able to hold.
Then remove the cookie cutter, lift the heart from the surface and continue needle felting it from the sides too. I needle felt mine quite tightly because then they will hold the shape better when you wet felt the piece. Be careful with the needle, it is very sharp.
These two pictures above are needle felted hearts and ready to be wet felted.
When you are done needle felting, you need to do the proper felting with soap and water. Start with soap and very little water, almost only wet your finger tips and start massaging the surface softly. First be gentle but when you have felted the surface, you want to felt the inside and then press harder. Add soap and water and keep felting until you feel the piece getting firm and quite hard, it is not done before. This process cannot be rushed, it takes time but you’ll get there with patience. Then rinse well and set to dry.
When the piece is dry, add embroidery if you want to, twist some yarn into a cord and thread the cord through the wooden ball and then attach it to the felted piece. And you have made a bookmark. When you give a book to someone but feel that it needs a more personal touch, make a bookmark to go along.
And then if you want to get really creative, you can make a bookmark to support the story…Hope you enjoy this!
PS. Ellen, do share the recipe if someone is interested. The gingerbread cookies do not have any anis in them. The elves that I showed yesterday I made some time ago, two to three years ago?? And when I was younger, I don’t remember it being dark, sure it was, but never bothered me.