I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with a festive, felted finish! (And . . . some chocolate. Natch.)

Last week I started making those little, felted hearts . . . and then I really couldn’t stop myself until I’d made all 12. Once I figured out my “technique” for shaping a wad of wool into a heart, it made sense to . . . just go on, y’know? I’m gonna guess that it took about . . . 2 1/2 hours to make all 12.  Not bad, actually. Of course, the hearts aren’t exactly uniform. But that’s the charm of needle felting! There’s a home-spun quality to it that I just love.

I decided to go ahead and create the actual garland, as shown in the kit. The process was simple . . . although that whack of hemp twine is mighty long and tends to tangle a lot when you first begin. Things came together a lot easier once I thought to use a blunt-nose pliers and a paper clip. (You know what they say about necessity and the mother of invention . . . )

So the resulting garland is . . . Very Long. Ultimately, I’d like to figure out a way to hang it on the fireplace mantle in my living room. But this year? I’ve draped it over the fun “beer lab” prints in my kitchen. It’s working for me. And I’ll probably just leave it there for awhile.

If you’re interested in more info, you can find details (like kit links and my project notes) plus more photos in my Field Notes.


How about you? What are you making? And . . . Happy Valentine’s Day!