This colorful placemat is wool needle felted onto a piece of felt. For Day 12 I wanted a project that was easier than the paper dress I crafted yesterday. Poking the little barbed needles into the wool over and over takes some time. It is a bit mindless and repetitive yet still fun and creative combining the different colors and working with the soft roving (dyed but unspun wool)
I got the idea almost a year ago when I saw a similar design on a table covering in a craft store. If this wasn’t part of the 30 Days of Creativity project, I would have spent more time (and money) shopping for some different colors of wool but I decided to work with the stuff I had on hand (and I had plenty).
After cutting out the background piece of felt, I started making little circles within circles, switching the colors around so each little bullseye was unique. It can be meditative poking the wool but I didn’t get too relaxed and lose track of what I was doing because the felting needs are long, sharp and barbed!
Once I had enough circles, I laid them on the felt background and rearranged them until I was happy with the pattern. Maybe it’s because the background is green felt, but it makes me think of a Girl Scout sash loaded with some new, modern style of badge.
Felting the circles onto the placemat was more working with sharp implements. I used a tool with 5 needles which was much faster than doing it with a single needle. After breaking two of them I slowed down and remembered a basic rule of needle felting: up-and-down motion. Trying to go at an angle resulted in breaking two and spending a little extra time finishing the project.
Tomorrow I have something in mind that is faster because it is Monday and I’ll be back at work and won’t have as much time to spend on my project.
I appreciate the visit and hope you’ll come back again to see more of 30 Days of Creativity.