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a rose by any other name

October 8, 2012

they say that handwork is soul work.  if that’s true, i’ve done a lot of soul work lately.

for a long time, i  had my eye on this gorgeous hand felted name banner.  i was searching etsy for hand felted items and these beautiful banners turned up in my search.  i pined over them.  how could i scrap together enough to justify this purchase?  i just couldn’t.  as much as i loved them, i couldn’t deny that they were pure decoration – not necessity, not clothing or food or toys or any other things that would directly improve the life of my children.  but, they did improve my life, my aesthetic life, my soul.  and so, i decided this was a project i could tackle myself.  would they be exactly the same?  of course not!  i couldn’t possibly duplicate someone else’s lovely handwork.  and i wouldn’t dream of trying.  so, this is my rendition.  and it is everything i hoped it would be, and more.

i started by buying wool felt from this lovely shop.  the shop owner, Sarah, created a custom order for me.  i told her what i wanted, and she put together the order.  she was so wonderful to work with.

any way, i created two banners out of the following materials:

  • 2 petite packs of heathered wool felt, minus the colors oatmeal and forest
  • 1 18×18 inch felt piece in cinnamon color (for letters)
  • 1 18×18 inch felt piece in cantaloupe color (for background)

then, i used the font ‘Anthropos’ to create letter templates.  (you can find that font here.)  i think i ended up choosing letters at 265 font size.  the letters were sized to fit in a 3×4 inch piece of felt.  i printed out the letters, cut them out of the paper and traced them on the cinnamon felt using black marker.  then, i cut the letters out of the felt.

each of the petite pack felt pieces were trimmed to 3×4 rectangles.  then, i used a needle felter to attach the letters to the petite pack colors.

i cut out background rectangles of 3.5×4.5 inch cantaloupe colored felt.  then, handsewing, i attached the letters to the background, and then all the letters were attached to a ribbon.   and taaaa-daaaa!!!!

now, i’m no needle felter.  and you can see, when you look up close that there are a lot of tiny holes from the needle felter.  this suggests that i did not use the right gauge needle.  i didn’t even think about that.  if i do this again (which i might… could be nice for a ‘happy birthday’ or ‘welcome’ sign), i would choose a different gauge needle.

adelaide was there when i hung these  up.  she seemed quite happy and was rocking away in her chair, looking very intrigued… or is that a look of ‘what are you doing now, mom?’

and, if you like this, you can see more wonderful projects at Frontier Dreams for  ‘Keep Calm, Craft On’ Tuesdays.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2012 9:29 am

    I think you just inpired me to add another craft to my must make list! I love the colors you chose.

  2. October 9, 2012 2:46 pm

    What beautiful banners, I love the way they turned out, thanks for the tutorial. :)

  3. October 9, 2012 5:58 pm

    These are beautiful – such lovely colors!

  4. October 9, 2012 7:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial, I can’t wait to try some of these! I love your girls’ names too. :)

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