I have a confession. I have a felt obsession. I believe I can date it from a very early age at the height of the oh-so-80’s Fuzzy Felt fad. For those not in the loop, these were pre-cut figures of felt that you used to create your own scenes on a piece of slightly velcro-y board. I suffered great mental torment during this time as I was not allowed a set, I was incredibly deprived (don’t even get me stared on the Mr Frosty debacle!). I was therefore left to satisfy my addiction through the well used Fuzzy Felts at school which were missing very crucial pieces and no longer stuck to the board!
Imagine my further distress when in giving a Fuzzy Felt present at a class mate’s birthday, she rejected it as “Boring,” and made me take it back home with me! My moment of jubilation at thinking this now belonged to me was cruelly destroyed when my Mum returned it to the shop for a refund! Traumatized was not the word.
This has lasted long into my adult years. So surprise, surprise, when we recently met for the Sew Make Believe Rag Market trip, my prize purchase was indeed fabulous festive felt! Being a little low on cash at the moment, I have decided to try and make as many Christmas presents as possible, so bought some red and green felt. I was rather over excited! I could have quite happily bought up the whole stall!! I felt I was very reserved at limiting myself to only a metre.
I have started making some Christmas decorations using the felt including these Christmas tree danglers:
And these star danglers.
However, being a mature individual nowadays I did allow myself to branch out to buy other festive fabric. I chose from the Fancy Silk Store, this lovely star studded fabric which I have sadly also sewn onto felt!
This particular dangler is not only filled with stuffing but with a homemade mix of Christmas scented ingredients (dried sage from my own garden, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and orange flowers) to give someone’s home that festive fragrance.
However, even though the felt was my supposed sole purchase for the trip, a switch was triggered. Ribbon roll ends of red, gold and green were also bought to trim these homemade tea cup candles.
My family may hate my homemade goodies this year, but at least I am branching out. I feel that in buying other haberdasher goods I have begun the slow recovery from my obsession. It may be being replaced with a Christmas addiction, but help is on its way.