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Needle Felted Danish Woven Hearts. I Need Help Please!
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 19:51
Great idea right? A needle felted version of Danish Woven Hearts. But so far - I haven't been able to make it work. I refuse to give up! There HAS GOT TO BE a way to do this!
Please help me figure it out!
Of course it is entirely possible that some brilliant needle felting wizard has already figured it out and posted a tutorial - in which case, if you know of it, please send the link.
Otherwise, any suggestions offered will be gratefully welcomed! I just love how they "almost" look - don't you? There has just got to be a way to make this work.
This is the problem - all those pesky little white fibers intermingling with the red fibers and the red fibers intermingling with the white. The shape worked out and from a distance they look pretty cool! But the fiber mingling. ARGH!
So far, I have only come up with two ways to make a felted woven heart. I am sharing both in the hope that some of my wonderful readers will take pity on me and tell me where I am making my mistakes.
Or maybe it just isn't possible to avoid intermingling of fibers. Maybe I will just have to enjoy my felted woven hearts from across the room!! Or - perish the thought - stop expecting perfection! (Double ARGH!)
Prototype Felting Method #1
I started with about two to three grams each of red and white roving and a 3" heart shaped cookie cutter.
Using a cookie cutter for shaping needle felting - the best idea ever! And thanks to the inventor - Meg over at Megacrafty, I have been happily needle felting shapes ever since she posted the technique last Christmas season! Check out her awesome tutorial here if you haven't already found it!
To begin, I felted two hearts - one red and one white! So far so good!
Next step - I cut each one just as if I were making a woven paper heart!
And with a bit of patience, I wove them together! So far so good!
Stuffing into a cookie cutter takes a bit of tweaking here and there because the overall size of the little heart grows a bit during weaving, but it is very doable.
There is some need for attention to keeping the colors in line while needle felting, but I found that turning the piece frequently helped.
At first things seemed to be going along fine - most of the fibers staying where they belonged.
But once felting was completed - well - I don't know about you, but I am not crazy about how this looks. The red wool is marginally acceptable, but the white is just full of red fibers that have been punched through during felting.
The other side. Not exactly what I had envisioned!
And the edge . I didn't expect the edge to be perfect. I am OK with it but wanted you to see.
So - any ideas of how I can prevent the red fibers from muddying up my pristine white fibers?
Prototype "Technique" #2
Not a perfect solution, but at least the surface looks much neater.
Using half as much roving as before, I felted two fairly thin hearts.
Instead of weaving them together, I cut the red heart into pieces and placed them on the white heart to resemble a woven heart pattern.
I found it best to place the white heart in the cookie cutter and then add the red pieces of roving. Once felting was completed - a mostly OK alternative. It is nearly impossible however to felt in all those cut ends but still - not too bad. No red in my white - on this side!
But I am put off by the fact that the red roving sits above the white. I would prefer the surface to be more even.
The back side - pretty ugly! And that is why this one is glued to a felt heart backing!
So - this is where I am right now! But not where I want to be.
Where do I WANT to be? Needle felting a woven Danish heart with no (or very little) fiber mingling!
I hope somebody has the solution! Please help!!!