How to make a felted stocking November 15, 2019 21:57 161 Comments
This is the perfect Christmas craft for
beginners, especially if you want something that can use year and year again! We’ve teamed up with Cath Kidston for the second year to bring you a this as a workshop too. Book here and if you can’t make it, here’s a DIY for you.
You will need:
A plain burlap, linen or cotton stocking
A medium felting needle with handle
A felting sponge or brush
Some balls of yarn that are wool or a wool mix with a high proportion of wool (at least half)
A water soluble pen
Assemble the felting needle. Pull the wooden insert out of the handle and lay the needle in the groove. Make sure you push the thin end of the insert back in to the handle until the needle is snugly in place
Draw your design on with the water soluble pen
Put the sponge inside the stocking. Lay the wool down on the stocking and push the needle right through the wool, stocking and sponge. This will pill some of the wool through the stocking, lightly attaching it it. Rough out you design in this way.
Once you’ve built up a bit of your design, repeatedly stab the wool into the stocking making sure the sponge is behind the are you are felting. This process will gradually felt the wool, making it mat up and attach to the stocking.
Felt your whole design. When you’re done, gently pull the sponge away. To remove the water soluble pen marks, lightly spray tve stocking in water.
To add a rustic bow, take a piece of fabric and make a little snip in one edge. Rip the fabric from the snip and pull off any excess thread, leaving a pretty frayed edge. Use it to make a bow to stick or sew on the back of your stocking. Lastly, gang your stocking somewhere Santa will see it!