Welcome! We finally had our first real snow of the Winter Monday night--an oddity for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We're not complaining about the lateness of the snow though--you don't have to shovel rain. ;-) After I played with the Hot Ribbon that I trimmed my stamp set dividers with, I had an idea for weaving the narrow ribbon and using it with felt.
What do you think? I'm not exactly sure what I'd do with them--maybe use them as linen drawer sachets? The one on the right was the woven one that I'll step out below. The one on the left took a fraction of the time and gave a similar look. My fifteen year old commented that for the difference in time, he thought the "faux weave" worked just fine. He has plenty of opinions!
I started with unbleached muslin, wool felt (PTI Winter White), a clover iron, and three different shades of Hot Ribbon pinks (Baby Pink, Hot Pink, and Maroon, which is really more of a cooler red than a brownish maroon). I used an older PTI die set (Limitless Layers Heart Stitches Die Collection) to cut my felt hearts, though if you don't have a heart die, there's always the old fold-it-in-half-and-cut method! The stitched hearts made it really simple to blanket-stitch though, so it did come in handy. Here I have the first six lengths of ribbon lined up and tacked at the very end with the Clover mini iron.
I placed my heart on top of the ribbon to check for size, and it looked like I had enough width to cover half of the heart.
Next I trimmed the long tails off and started weaving those short bits into the tacked on ribbon. Remember weaving your potholder looms? Oh my goodness--there's no telling how many ugly potholders I made until I finally ran out of fabric loops!
I used an embossing stylus to push my weft ribbons (the ribbons that cross the original warp ribbons) up tightly against the tacked ends.
And I checked again to see how it was looking--I like!
Fast forwarding, here is my finished woven shape. I haven't tacked anything (with the Clover iron) other than the top so far.
Yes! It fits! Now I can tack/iron the ribbon down to the muslin.
Here I have blanket-stitched around the perimeter of the hearts after ironing the ribbon to the muslin and lightly stuffing the heart shape with a bit of polyester fiberfill. I'm tacking on a length of ribbon to hang the heart by, just in case I want to attach it to a card to give it away. The only other thing I added was a tiny key charm that I had in my stash, a Whiff of Joy metal charm.
Now, for the five-minute version--seriously fast. I took a small felt heart die cut and simply laid all of the Hot Ribbon in one direction and tacked them down with the Clover iron.
Next I laid the ribbon down in the opposite direction and ironed it. No weaving, no pushing--easy peasy. I let the ribbon go past the edges so that I could flip the felt heart over and wrap the excess ribbon to the back side and iron it down for a finished edge. (Yes, this Type A personality likes finished edges!) Ironing down those little short bits to the back of the felt was where having the mini iron came in really handy. I could have probably done my stamp dividers project with my regular big iron, but having a mini iron for this project keep me from sporting burned fingertips, no doubt! Again, use the LOW temperature setting with Hot Ribbon.
That's it--felt, Hot Ribbon, and my Clover mini iron. I should probably get started now on some Christmas ornaments for next year. . . but then there would be no pressure. Hmmm. . . not sure I'd know how to handle that! ;-) Have a lovely week, and thanks for visiting!