Fabric

Needle-Felted Holiday Runner

By  Madeline Arendt 

size: 11-1/2"x35"

Materials

  • Hay Bale (light brown) WoolFelt fabric, 12-1/2”x36”
  • ShadedWisps Needle Felt Roving: Grandma’s Garnet; Grassy Meadows (National Nonrovens)
  • Hunter green satin ribbon, 1/8”-wide, 3 yds.

Tools

  • Felting Needle Tools: Fine; Heavy Weight (Clover Needlecraft, Inc.)
  • Plastic foam, 2”x12”x12”
  • Cardstock sheet, any color
  • Felt Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and acrylic ruler
  • Iron and pressing cloth

Pattern - Needle-felted Holiday Runner

  • 1. Use rotary cutter and ruler to cut 12-1/2"x36" piece from felt fabric. Preheat iron on wool setting. Fold long edges over 1/2" and press; apply bead of glue along edges to secure.
  • 2. For pointed ends, fold corners over to almost meet at center as shown in Fig. 1. Press and glue folds to secure, again applying glue bead only to fabric edges; let dry completely.

    Fig. 1
  • 3. Print and cut out patterns. Trace patterns onto card stock to use as templates; cut out. Using photo as guide, trace leaf and berry templates onto front of runner. Try to avoid placing patterns in areas where glue was applied; felting process might be difficult in these areas and cause needle to break.
  • 4. Place plastic foam square on work surface to use as "felting" board. Place one end of runner over foam.
  • 5. To begin needle felting, pull a piece of green wool from ball, approximately same size as one leaf, and place it onto traced pattern.
  • 6. Beginning at leaf edges, follow needle manufacturer's instructions to work needle through wool into felt base in a straight up-and-down motion. Add small pieces of wool to design as needed, being sure to cover pencil lines. If needle is difficult to push into runner near glued areas, work more slowly and be sure to keep needle straight.
  • 7. When leaf is covered, poke needle down center and sides of leaf again to create dimensional vein lines.
  • 8. When all leaves have been felted, felt berries in same way using red wool.
  • Note
  • 1. Instructions are for finished runner size of 11-1/2"x35". Adjust ribbon quantity for other sizes. Add additional embellishments such as buttons, beads, or fibers as desired.
  • Needle Felting Tips
  • 1. Never bend needles.
  • 2. Needles come in sizes; lower numbers are thicker and cause larger holes in the base fabric.
  • 3. Use thicker needles (lower numbers) to begin a project; use finer needles (higher numbers) for detail work.
  • 4. Work pattern area in a straight line.
  • 5. Use straight up-and-down motion to felt design.