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Falling for Felting – 5 felting projects to make you fall in love with felt!

At Hochanda, we love bringing the best exciting crafts to your TV and computer screens - and today the focus is on felting! 

What is felting?

Felt is a textile that is produced by matting and condensing fibres together. It can be made of natural fibres like wool, or synthetic fibres such as acrylic. According to, Felting is the "simple process of separating, tangling, and relocking animal fibres found in items such as yarn or wool". Felt can vary in terms of fibre content, size, density, thickness, colour etc. Felt is used everywhere and for many different purposes - from the automotive industry, to musical instruments, to construction and most importantly - crafting! Felt is easy to work with and it is cheap, so it is a favourite amongst crafters. 

Not sure where to begin? From unique keepsakes to toys and gifts, here are 5 top felting projects which will inspire you to get creative with felt! 

1. Felt Balls

Making a felt ball is very easy - and they really bounce! Wind wool into a blob, put it in hot, soapy water and then roll it to the required shape with your hands. We love these felt balls from Martha Stewart

2. Handmade Pillows

They are the perfect decorative addition to any room, so why not use felt to add unique designs, patterns, prints to your pillows? The possibilities are endless!

3. Felted Puppets

Need to keep the little ones busy over the Easter holidays? Make entertaining felted puppets! Puppets really help bring out a child's imagination. Check out this Felted Wool Finger Puppets tutorial from 

4. Thread Caddy

This one is for the master crafter and sewist! Why not make a Thread Caddy? It looks beautiful and will make your life easier in the long run! This thread caddy project from Susan Wasinger's Sewn By Hand is not only pretty but it's functional - it's portable, and includes a built-in pin cushion to keep everything neat! 

5. Needle-Felted Chicks and Bunnies

Cute - and just in time for Easter! We love these felted Easter chicks and bunnies, the perfect decoration for any Easter celebration. Why not get into the spirit of Easter this week and create a felted chick?

We hope we have inspired you to get felting! Can't get enough of felting? Check out Hayley West's Felting with Pfaff show today at 11am and 2pm. If you miss that - don't worry - you can see it on Hochanda catch up!

Tune in to Hochanda every day 24/7 for lots of fun and crafty demonstrations and inspiration! Watch Hochanda live online, on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817.


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This year's Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show is going to be even bigger and better than ever, not only will you be able to explore the latest crafting supplies, exclusive product launches and expert demonstrations - a true crafters paradise; there is also free entry to Simply Christmas and Cake International!

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