Needle Felted Table Runner
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Wool felt, 14"x54" - trim ends for oval shape
- Clover items: Large Felting Needle Mat Felting Needle Tool Single Felting Needle
- One cork
- Serrated knife
- Sharp pointed object, like an awl
- Cut out pumpkin leaf patterns and trace onto cardstock. Trace the desired number of leaves and cut out. Refer to photo for suggestion. When cutting out the leaf patterns, retain both pieces of paper. The leaves are patterns A (medium leaf) and B (large leaf); the remaining paper pieces become stencils A1 and B1. The leaf shapes will help to determine their placement on the runner. The stencils will serve as a guide to creating the leaf shapes.
- Cut cork in half with the serrated knife. Make a hole through the center of the cork half with a sharp pointed object. Pull out the sharp pointed object and insert a single felting needle into the hole. This creates a handle to hold onto when using the single felting needle. Follow manufacturer's instructions to prevent breaking needles.
- Lay wool felt flat, arrange leaf patterns on it as desired and pin them securely. Then lay the stencil of one leaf (A1 or B1) over its matching leaf shape and pin securely. Remove the leaf shape (A or B). This creates the area that will be felted.
- Lay the area of the runner to be worked on over the foam pad.
- Cut pieces of each of the yarn colors 1" to 3" long. Pull the fibers of the yarn apart and lay them in the shape to be filled. Crisscross the fibers blending the colors as desired. The fibers should go over the edge of the stencil a bit. Using the single needle, needle felt around the leaf outline stencil with a straight up and down motion.
- When the entire outline of leaf is needle felted, remove the stencil and fold the fibers that go over the outlined leaf into the center area; needle felt fibers down using the Clover Felting Needle tool. Work from the outside edges into the center. Add more fibers as necessary. Occasionally loosen the project from the foam pad so the fibers don't become too entwined in the foam.
- Put the Clover Felting Needle Mat under the area that was worked and needle felt it again.
- When the leaf is completed, turn the area over and needle felt the back a few times using the Felting Needle tool to push in some of the fibers. This step will give the project a finished look while further locking the fibers into the wool felt. Repeat these steps for all the leaves.
- Using a single strand of yarn that has been separated, cut a length that will be the vein and stem of the leaf. Twist the yarn and needle felt it into the leaf using the single Felting Needle. Then go over it with the Clover Felting Needle tool. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with each stem.
- Using a single strand of yarn (as in step 9), create the twisting and turning vines for your table runner. Repeat steps 5-7. Refer to photo for ideas. Turn runner over and needle felt it on the back as desired.
- Steam press back and front of the table runner.