Needle felted mouse

Based on the success of my crochet cat toy, I decided to try my luck at something needle felted. Luckily my cat absolutely loves wool, so this was a big hit.

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Acorn

Well, fall is on its way… I guess I should embrace it with needle felting…

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RI Mini Maker Faire

Earlier this month I helped the fabulous Mandy Stultz (of fiber and fuzz) at her booth the RI Mini Maker Faire where she was showing off her tiny birds project. During the faire, we taught passerbys the awesomeness of needle felting and gave away small needle felted hearts.

2D needle felted hearts

Needle Felted Hearts

Tiny Birds

Tiny Birds

This experience rekindled my interest in needle felting, and inspired me to buy a bag of penny candy from Decadent Fibers.

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Wearable Hearts

Since there is still time before Valentine’s Day, I thought I would continue making crocheted hearts, and explore what else I could use them for.

I followed the Planet June Heart pattern again, and made both a small hair clip and pin using the single heart.

I attached both using my hot glue gun, but found that attaching the heart to the clip is a bit tricky.  Attaching it to a safety pin to make a pin was much easier, and more secure.

crochet heart pin on jacket

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Crochet Hearts

I live in a big apartment building where everyone has identical doors. In order to help celebrate the seasons, I like to crochet little things to stick to the door or put outside. I made these cute little hearts by following this pattern on Planet June that was featured on the craft blog. I stuck them to the door using small stick-y squares.

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Holiday Lights

Holiday lights are great, but they have several major flaws:

  1. You need to find a place to hang them that is near power
  2. You need to remember to turn them on
  3. They are ugly when they are not turned on
  4. They use power

My alternative to hanging holiday lights this year was to make some eco (no power) amigurumi lights.  I am so happy with how these turned out, that they make me smile and give me as much holiday cheer as the electric ones!

I made this string of holiday lights by following this pattern for a light bulb ornament from Crochet Cafe Patterns. I ended up only making a string of 5 because I wanted it to fit a doorway or small window.  I connected these lights with an 3 stitch I-cord.

Keeping with the eco theme, I stuffed these light bulbs using old plastic shopping bags (that already had holes in them so they were useless for kitty litter).

String of 5 Crocheted Holiday LightsCloseup of a single crocheted holiday light

 

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Clutch with MakerBot Button

This little clutch is a great way to carry your cell phone and wallet while out on the town, or organize small things in a backpack.

I started this project by following the  Perfect Purse pattern on Lion Brand’s website. However, once I was deeply into the project, I decided that the pattern on their website made a clutch that was just too big (more purse-like).

Since I was working on this project for a gift exchange (re: there was a hard deadline), I decided to skip the lacy flap, and instead make this interesting by using a cool button.  Since my boyfriend works for MakerBot Industries (a company that makes affordable 3D printers) the phrase “can you print me a yellow button?” really isn’t too unusual. 5 minutes later, I had a yellow button and was able to finish my project. I chose to use the LEGO button from Thingiverse, and decided to thread the yarn through the LEGO pegs instead of making small holes in the center (for both aesthetic and time reasons).
Rectangular crocheted clutch

Closeup of clutch button made on a Makerbot

Button made on Makerbot

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