This blog is a place to archive project processes and techniques from Painted Threads with descriptions of how work was produced. I am including comments that contain questions and answers pertaining to the work from many of the original blog posts.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Felted wool ornaments

These ornaments were made from felted balls that were leftover from last years felted ball ornaments. This year I cut out wool felt shapes and sewed them on with embroidery floss.

These have turned into the best portable project. Everything I need fits in a couple baggies. Yesterday, while at my kids teen gathering at the local coffeehouse I stitched three of these. I made one while sitting at a doctors appointment and a few more watching tv with the family. The wool is wonderful to stitch through.


  1. Can I ask you how you embroider on them? Just a regular embroidery needle? I'm having a hard time picturing how it works, but I love the idea!

  2. I like to use a crewel needle because the eye is a little larger and I tend use use all 6 floss strands together when I stitch the ornaments. I wrote an article about making these for Quilting Arts gifts 2007, but really all you need to do is thread your needle, tie a knot in the end and put your first stitch under one of the wool felt pieces to hide your knot. When you finish stitching make a knot close to the ball and then put your needle through the ball and give it a little tug, to pull the knot below the surface and into the ball.


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