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one of those months that need a little special attention. Here’s a quick
project to make your sweeties felt valentines. It’s simple and fun.
Here’s what you’ll
need to make a felt heart: Stuffing
top-color of your choice. Outback Fibers is a great source for wool and supplies. http://www.outbackfibers.com Felting
needle Liquid dish
plastic “zipper” bag Assorted beads, buttons and ribbons for embellishing Old, cleantowel White
vinegar (tbsp. for rinse water)
folded towel on a firm surface to make a workspace.
Using the stuffing wool, create a firmly needle-felted
Wrap and lightly needle three layers of merino wool top around the heart shape
a container large enough to immerse your heart in hot soapy water.
(I use a squirt of Ivory liquid dish
heart into the hot soapy water and put it in a zipper bag. Begin gently
massaging the heart until it reaches a soft felt stage. Pinch the fabric and pull
up. If the fibers come up, you
need to continue massaging until the fibers have securely meshed.
Remove the heart from the bag and
continue to massage the heart using the palms of your hands to rub the felt
surface until the fibers are firmly meshed.
under warm running water. Place
the heart in a vinegar bath for 5 to 10 mins. (1 tbsp vinegar to 1 quart of warm water.) This brings the pH of the wool back to
normal andneutralizes any soap residue.
Wrap the heart in a clean towel to dry. Press firmly to remove excess water. The heart can also be placed in a standard oven at 225F for about an hour to speed drying.