March 15, 2010

My Crowning Achievement

My weekend project--made during naps and even on a long car ride to visit Sojo's cousin's house yesterday.
I've been wanting to make him a birthday crown for a while now, having not gotten around to sewing one for his first birthday last year. But I did it! And I love how it turned out.
I had an old wool sweater that I had knitted and felted, naively for a baby (this was pre-Sojo), thinking at the time that it would actually fit over a baby's head. Defeated yet hopeful it could be used for something else like a teddy bear, I was stashed it away to be repurposed one day.

I cut the bottom of the sweater into a crown, which was actually a perfect fit for Sojo's head and didn't even require a seam (the sweater was knitted in the round).
For the "S" panel on the front, I cut out a circle from a piece of scrap felt that I had made
and needle felted a red "S" onto it.
For instructions on needle felting, see my posts here or here. For wet felting (like the scrap piece above), check out my tutorial here.

I then needle felted colorful circles around the crown
Finally, I wet felted little balls to sew onto the tips of the crown.
I love how jester-ish it is, and I hope that Sojo will look forward to wearing this on birthdays to come.

On a related note, I finally finished the Ministry Shawl.
I'm pleased with the result, but I should have budgeted my yarn better. I made the shawl too wide, and therefore it's a tad too short (I should have made a longer, narrower shawl). I added fringe along the edges to make up for it, and I like that it brings more pastel color into what could be a funeral-esque shawl.
I'm off to drop it off today, so hopefully the recipient like it. What have you been creating lately? Inquiring minds want to know (and would love to see links!).


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  2. I love the birthday crown - it looks great, and such a cute idea! I've wanted to try needle felting ever since I saw it on Martha awhile ago. I think felt projects are always so cute!

  3. That is AMAZINGLY cute!!!

    But really, I wouldn't expect anything less from you. :)

  4. That crown is really adorable and I am sure the shawl will be loved, too.

  5. Girl you are sooooooo creative. You must sell those!

  6. That crown rocks. What a creation!

  7. OMG How adorable is that crown!?!? Sojo is one lucky, lucky birthday boy :D

    I bet he's going to be BEGGING you to wear that once his birthday rolls around!! He he.

    Your shawl turned out beautifully as well-I REALLY like the combination of colors you used!

  8. That crown is fantastic, great color too!

  9. These are just lovely!

    You do wonderful work with those beautiful hands.

    I have not been creating much I don't think. I've just been sick. ugh.

  10. Both projects are brilliant and I would like to have one of each. :)


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