History of Felting
Felt was actually one of the first textile materials to be worked with centuries ago, beginning in Central Asia. The native Turkman nomads in this region would use felt to form their clothes, tents and floor coverings. Archaeologists have also found felt origins as far back as 7th to 2nd century BC in Siberia. To create felt they would simply gather various animal wool and fibers, then densely mat them together. When it rained it only helped the felt, as the wetness would strengthen the fibers. (Wet-felting is still something you can do today) It is said that the men would use their felt material in their shoes to create cushion as they hunted. Perhaps this is the first sign of socks? Felting predates any other sewing art form, including spinning, weaving and knitting. Feel good about wool felt and the history it will bring to your home. Click here for a complete look at our Holiday Felt Collection.
This holiday season we have a new wool felt collection that is perfectly suited for your country home. Our Poinsettia collection features appliqued poinsettia petals, silver button centers and holly berry arrangements that will remind you of some of the crafts your grandmother used to make. Poinsettia flowers are actually native to Mexico but were first introduced as a Christmas flower in the USA, in 1825. You can see the intricate detail of our Poinsettia Felt Runner, pictured here to the left. The exposed hand embroidery is highlighted on the blanket stitch of the table runner.
Next is our Poinsettia Tree Skirt that displays the same wonderful poinsettia design with matching ribbon attached to the black cotton back, so you can adjust to your tree’s perfect fit. Rounding out the collection is our Poinsettia Stocking, which perhaps will offer a new twist on your current stockings. In addition to the matching poinsettia flowers, the stocking has a lovely cuff of cranberry felt on the top to make it extra special.
Candy canes are sweet and perfect this time of year to eat or hang on your tree. Consider our Wool Candy Cane Pillow, seen here to the right, to delight your friends and family this year. A trio of delicious peppermint candies are grouped together with holly berry, against a unique black and red design. A border of black felt completes the fun look.
Warm woolens mittens are hanging from a sprig of holly on our Woolens Pillow. A bold black and green background is the base for these cute hand stitched red and white striped mittens. “Woolens,” is cleverly written across the bottom. Both of these wool felt pillows evoke a folk art feel.
We know you love our unique collection of ornaments at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, but have you tried any of our wool felt ornaments? Each of these new ornaments listed below, uses wool felt applique techniques to create their distinctive looks. Our Cat Wool Ornament is made right here in the USA and is complete from head to toe in wool felt fabric. He is bundled up in his white scarf and sweater, holding faux greenery with a red robin and shares the message of “wish,” with you this holiday season.
Our Green Santa Ornament is also handmade in the USA and can be the perfect addition to your own collection or will make a great hostess gift! Santa is dressed in a festive green coat with a gold rope belt; bundled up tight so that all you can see is two little black boots hanging out from underneath his coat. Faux holly berry arrangements poke out from behind his big white beard and he sports a gold star and gold string for hanging, atop his head. Lastly, our set of three Felt Bird Ornaments is a real treasure. Hand stitched details are exposed throughout these black, red and white Christmas doves. Each of their wings has a felt appliquéd holly berry arrangement with sewn in red glass beads. A yellow beak and black bead eyes are the little things we appreciate this time of year.