We had a great holiday weekend, I hope you did as well. I managed to complete nearly all of my Christmas shopping in the last few months (seems to be a trend in blogland), so the weekend after Thanksgiving was spent mostly relaxing and enjoying family time. I put up my tree on Friday, and wanted to make some new ornaments for it. Last year Elliot and I made cinnamon ornaments that were easy, cute and nice smelling to boot. I decided then that making ornaments would be an annual tradition.
While at my in-laws cottage, I cut out 30 tiny mittens from cream colored felt-- two for each ornament. The felt happens to be from JoAnn's, and if you've seen it, you'll know it is a really fluffy felt, more the texture of boiled wool. As far as I know, it only comes in cream; their colored felt has more of a woven feel. After I cut out the mittens, I was trying to decide how to finish them. I didn't really want a blanket stitched edge, and worried that I would have a hard time machine sewing them neatly enough. I thought of just whip-stitching them, but again, wasn't sure if I wanted to see all of the stitching. Finally, I decided to needle felt them. I was really going for a clean simple look.
I started by adding a few details to each mitten by needle felting stripes, polka dots, or tipping the fingers and thumb; Then, I felted around the edge until they were firmly connected. At first I used single felting needles, but on day two went and bought a few Clover felting tools which have multiple needles. This made the process speedier, but they were pretty fast to begin with.
I think this may be my new go-to craft for TV watching. It's mindless and relaxing, and I can complete something without even getting up. Since I don't knit and barely crochet, this is a great thing to keep me occupied on these winter nights. And mostly, I'm glad that I finally used these supplies that I bought 2 or 3 years ago. I don't know what took me so long!