Friday, November 11, 2005


This weekend Romeo is kicking off the holiday season with a village-wide Open House Weekend. We changed the window to reflect the change from fall to winter. That's always quite a job but it looks really nice. Sprucing up the shop was in order and things are looking quite festive now.

We decided to have a couple "Make & Take" workshops today at the store. Here is a picture of the Cookie Cutter Needle Felted Ornaments that I taught the workshop for . These ornaments are so fun to do. Easy with great results, especially after embellishments. I dyed the gold, brown and green roving. The pink and purple came from my stash. I really had a good time making these, and I can see myself making a LOT more of them. I just need to get my hands on a good selection of roving colors. I bought a tub of 40 holiday cookie cutters last week at Michael's with my 50% off coupon, so I'm good to go. Wouldn't these be a nice added touch, tied to the top of a gift? Or enclosed in a Christmas card to someone special?

Want to make some?

Here's what you need:
Cookie Cutters of your choice
Felting Needles
Wool roving in assorted colors
Foam block
Embellishments.....such as buttons, beads, etc.

Place cookie cutter on top of foam block. Fluff your roving by pulling small tufts. Place evenly into cookie cutter, making sure to fill to the edges, and keeping cookie cutter pressed onto the foam.

Start poking the roving with your felting needle. I start out with the 36 gauge needle, and then use a 40 gauge later on if I have some detail felting to do, such as the 'icing' on the gingerbread boy. Poke, poke, poke, poke, poke and then poke some more. Pay attention to the outside edges so that when you remove the cookie cutter the edges will be firm. When it looks like your ornament is starting to look more solid, remove the cookie cutter, and gently peel it off the foam. There will be lots of fibers that you have poked down into the foam, so when you turn over the ornament it will be fuzzy on the back side. Use your needle on this side now, cleaning up the fuzz. Keep felting on one side and then the other until you are happy with the appearance and feel of the ornament. You can clean up the edges by poking sideways into them, but just be careful of your fingers! Those needles are sharp and they WILL make you bleed. If you've poked enough, you will have a solid piece of wool felt.

Now add your embellishments. The gingerbread boy was embellished with thin white wool yarn for the icing, and small bits of colored roving for the eyes and buttons.Use your imagination to make each ornament a work of art. Add a hanger of your choice. Have fun!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Kim's Raglan Cardi-Cape

My friend Kim has a new pattern. Isn't it cute? Perfect for fall! Get your pattern today at Knitting Matters.

While you're there, browse around her site. (Aren't those mini sweaters just the cutest? Make some up to hang on your tree, or tie onto holiday gifts!) There's lots of helpful information that Kim has spent a lot of time gathering for this site. And watch for new patterns....I'm sure she'll be getting creative again real soon!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Stuff happens

Yes, I know it's been 2 weeks since I said a word. 2 whole weeks since my birthday celebration. Lots of stuff going on here. Stuff that leaves me little time to blog, and stuff that also leaves me little desire to.

Still working on a million projects at once. I have the jacket sleeves going. I have one clog still 'almost done'. I have another B-4 bag ready to come off the needles (still need the handles) and into the washer for felting. Still plugging away on the Silk Road shrug (oh how tired I am of that endless ribbing!) It will be good to finish one of these projects, one of these days!

Halloween was fun. We had an absolutely perfect night for Trick or Treat-ing. I was walking around in my short sleeved shirt. The 8 o'clock siren had barely gone off, ending the festivities, when the rain started. I'm so glad it held off because it was so beautiful up until that point.

Jacob was a Halloween chocolate chip cookie. He had a milk mustache, and we wrote "Got Milk?" on his cheeks. We walked with Jake's best friend (and his mom), and they got caught up on all the things they don't get to talk about anymore since they aren't in the same class this year. They were so cute, just slowly strolling down the street chatting, while all the other kids were racing past them to get MORE CANDY MORE CANDY MORE CANDY. The candy was way down on the list for these 2 buddies who just were happy to spend the evening together. Isn't it great when your child finds a friend like that?