This is a tutorial on a great homemade gift for Valentine’s Day–needle felted hearts. These are super tiny, and super sweet; they remind me of those pale colored sweetheart candies! For the pros at needle felting this should be a breeze and for the newbies it will show you a little bit of what this craft has to offer. For those of you that are new to the idea of needle felting you will need a few materials.
Basic Felting Equipment:
Wool Roving or Wool Batting(in color of choice)
Felting needles in various sizes
Information for Beginners!-
Felting needles have tiny barbs on them that knot the wool as you move the needle up and down. They are very sharp, so use caution especially around children. A foam pad or felting brush is necessary for a felting surface; the needles will break when they hit a hard surface.
Now on to the Tutorial!-
1. First grab out a small handful of wool roving or batting. I have chosen a purpley pink colored wool batting. Next lightly shape it into a ball with your largest size felting needle; I used a size 36. Remember to do all felting on the foam pad surface. Simply push the needle in the wool over and over again. Turn the wool as you go to create a ball. Do not make the ball dense, just a very light felting at this stage.
2. Next felt a straight line down the top center of the wool ball.
3. Now look carefully at the photos below, this is a bit tricky to describe but easy to do. Place your finger in the center of the line you just felted and smush the wool down to one side of that line. Needle felt the smushed part flat. Next needle felt the other side of the line flat. These two smushed bits on either side of the line will be the top round parts of the heart in the end.
The felted wool is beginning to take some shape now.
4. Next lets work on the sides of the heart. Lay the heart on its side, needle felt the bottom bit that will be the tip of the heart. Now, turn it on its opposite side and needle felt the bottom bit again.
Now the heart shape is definitely alot more obvious. A bit wide, but that’s next . . .
5. Flatten the heart shape with your fingers and lay it on your foam pad. Needle felt the front and turn it over and needle felt the back. Next lay it on it’s side and needle felt the side of the heart and then the other side.
At this point your little ball of felt should definitely be heart shaped. It is still a little soft. To get a great finished product we need to go down a needle size.
6. So grab a size 38 needle and felt the inside of the round top parts of the heart, then needle felt the front and back of the heart and then needle felt the sides of the heart. Be sure to pay close attention to the tip at the bottom and the indention at the top.
7. We grab a smaller size needle again(a size 40 needle) and repeat the steps in 12.
8. Now the heart is looking pretty good, but let’s finalize that perfect heart shape. Maybe your bottom tip is slightly off center or one side bulges more than the other. Simply grab your large needle again(size 36) and shape the parts that are slightly off. I usually focus on felting the tip of the heart and the top indentation at this stage. Just needle felt problem areas until you are happy with the shape.
You did it, your Valentine’s Heart is now complete. It should be very dense at this stage and the shape should be to your satisfaction.
These little hearts each take me 10-15 minutes to make. They would be a great Valentine for a loved one. You could attach them to a barrette for a child. Add some ribbon and hang them as decorations, use it as a gift topper, make it for play food candy hearts for your kids, or simply put in a pretty bowl as a decoration. I hope you give it a shot; they are really fun and quick to make once you get the hang of it. And if this is your first time needle felting, Good Luck!