A little Bit Of Love 09.02.2013

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

A little Bit Of Love

Good evening lovely people!! I can't believe we're well and truly into the month of February! The first 9 days of the month have flown by and it's only now that I find the time to come and say a quick "hello". I've been a busy bee! Lots of things going on at work and so my much loved hobby time has been dramatically reduced! Everything is good though, as I have had a little time to fit in a lovely little valentines project. A project which thrills me bucket loads!
Want to see what I've been working on?
Here, I'll show you:

I've been making some felted hearts! SUCH FUN!
It's the first time I have ever tried needle felting and I have enjoyed it immensely! I decided to give it a whirl after I received some gorgeously vibrant felting wool for my Birthday last year.

I wasn't really sure what to do with felting wool, but after a google search I discovered that it could be felted and formed into many things with the help of a very lethal needle!

I say "lethal" as I have stabbed myself a few too many times whilst working on this project. These needles REALLY hurt when going into your finger! Not only sharp and pointed, but barbed as well!!! OUCH!
As this was my first time needle felting, I read that it would be easier to get a better shape and less stab wounds by using a cookie cutter to help form the desired shape.
I had seen in a recent issue of "Mollie makes magazine" some very cute felted hearts and decided to also to make hearts.

The actual felting process was extremely simple. Tear of a lump of wool and place it into the heart shaped cookie cutter.

Gently stab at the wool until it starts to fit to the cookie cutter shape.
I was gentle at first but once the wool was a little felted I was able to be a little rougher. Great stress relief stabbing at the wool! Stab, stab, stab until the wool was nicely shaped and pretty dense.

Cute huh!

I had a lot of fun playing around with lots of different colours and sizes. However, in the end I decided to stick mainly to traditional valentines pinks and reds.

Once I had made an assortment of hearts I raided my bead collection for some happy beads to jazz up my little project!

Some little bells for a finishing touch

and pretty embroidery thread to join everything together!

Here's what I made! Cute little Valentines ornaments, ready to hang and send to friends I hold close to my heart.

I added buttons to a couple of them, just for an extra special touch.

This one is for a very special friend of mine, It's my favourite :-)

I'm going to post it off to her and keep my fingers crossed that it arrives by Valentines Day. I hope that when she receives it, it will brighten up her day!

Cute and fun little ornaments to spread a little bit of love!

This post was originally posted on 9th February 2013.
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