Winter and Wool

December 17, 2009


As Winter makes it’s grand entrance in just a few days, the boys and I were trying to think of a few new additions to add to our winter table and walls. I had been wanting to try Julia’s beautiful woolen tree cones, but I didn’t have any type of wire structure that would support it. I did, however, have some of the florist cones that are of similar shape, so we decided to give them a try. I thought that just wrapping the wool around would work fine, but it really didn’t hold. So, out came the felting needles. Taking small bites of wool at a time, the boys would lay them on the cone, and I used the needle to help them adhere. We were careful to not puncture the cone too much, to keep the wispy look that only wool can bring.


These turned out just the way that we wanted them to, and now we have a soft, wintry addition to our table. I dyed the wool using natural dyes to represent the three colors of winter that we find in nature; grey, blue and white. When you look to the mountains here in Colorado, the winter sky is always a mixture of grey clouds, with blue sneaking through, and the stark white of the snow below.


Jacob asked me if we could also make a wreath for King Winter’s return, so using the same type of florist wreath foam, we needle felted the wreath in those same colors. Jacob begged to use the needle to make a star for the center, and with some reluctance, and a LOT of hovering, I agreed. I have to say that I was impressed with his care and patience, since this was not a quick project. This wreath will hang just above our nature table, and it will be a reminder, not only of Winter’s arrival, but of my child’s growth and independence.


The wreath was made by laying pieces of wool over each other and needle felting until we got the look we wanted. It was simple, and a lot of fun to play in wool all day.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Living Slowly December 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm

The wreath and cones are both just gorgeous! The colors couldn't be more perfect for winter.

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Shelly December 17, 2009 at 4:21 pm

LOVE this, a beautiful nature table!

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AdirondackMama December 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

OH Heather!!!! They are the most perfect shade of blue….my absolute favorites.

And that wreath. Gorgeous. That is funny about your hesitation with the felting tool and the boys….I just wrote you an email on my hesitation in trying out felting for just that reason.

Really, what a stunning display.

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Meg Evans December 17, 2009 at 4:55 pm

They're gorgeous!

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Kristina December 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Those are absolutely beautiful! The colors are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Meryl December 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I've been looking at these trees in your "inspiration" links for about a week now. I have so much blue and white roving…now to find some cone-like-objects….

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Stephanie December 17, 2009 at 5:12 pm

I love those trees!

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kyndale December 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm

I love that grey color! They turned out great!

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Brooke December 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I am inspired!

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Pia December 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm

So lovely! Smooth like the fresh snow … I can even smell it :) Thanks for sharing.

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Aja December 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Such a great idea, it too was wondering how to re-create the tree without a wire structure:)

Thanks for the inspiration today Heather!!

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Jennifer December 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm

So beautiful! I love it! Thanks! And thanks for the reminder that we will eventually get to a place at our house where my boys can help with projects like this one, probably even before I know it!

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lina December 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Jacob was spot on with star – it's beautiful!

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Kelly December 17, 2009 at 7:36 pm

that color is stunning! beautiful work!

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Hip Mountain Mama December 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I LOVE that color! Very cool!!

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Mary YDP December 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Beautiful, I love the colorway you chose. Such lovelies!

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nicola December 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

beautiful and i love why you chose the colors you did.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

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Donna Ashton December 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Heather,

I just want to gobble these up these are so adorable!!! Kudos..love the wool blended colors.

Donna A

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Earth Mama December 18, 2009 at 12:00 am

Love it!! I was wondering how the foam would hold up due to felting needle action. It looks like it was a great fit. The colors are wonderful and it is so lovely that you can always remember your sons growth in independence with that little star.

:)Lisa

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Natalie T. December 18, 2009 at 1:05 am

How purdy! I need to learn about needle felting now. Love the wreath especially. Happy Winter!

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geek+nerd December 18, 2009 at 1:32 am

The color of the wool is just beautiful! I love how your decorations came out!

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Jodi December 18, 2009 at 1:41 am

Heather — Your trees are absolutely gorgeous. The blending of the colors is stunning. I am so inspired now.

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renee December 18, 2009 at 2:44 am

So beautiful, and amazing that you dyed the roving too. I have been noticing the prettiest softest blue colors in the sky lately!

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Valarie December 18, 2009 at 3:04 am

These are beautiful and so serene. I love the roving on the wreath. I just love the colors. Thanks for sharing this.

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KimmieKusz December 18, 2009 at 10:13 am

Oh, I love the wintery, yet not Christmassy colours! Very serene, I love it!

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Shivayamama December 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Thank you! We are having fun getting ready for winter to come

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Shivayamama December 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Thank you. I really wanted something wintry, that we could keep up all season. i love Christmas, but we had enough red and green for now :)

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Shivayamama December 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm

The skies have been amazing, haven't they! I love the winter skies here, so soft.

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Shivayamama December 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm

The foam held up really pretty well. You have a little bit of residue that pops up, but it actually has a soft glitter look, and it blends in just fine.

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Shivayamama December 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Thank you! He was so proud of it.

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KimmieKusz December 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Yeah, I usually take down all the Christmas stuff the day after Christmas. Come New Year, our house is all clean and free from everything green/red. But these ornaments… I would let them "hang around" until the first leaves sprout… Very nice…

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Louana December 19, 2009 at 9:25 am

Oh thanks for sharing this! I love the soft colours and I love how wintery they seem, especially as we are in the middle of summer here in New Zealand. I'm going to try these next year

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Andrea December 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Beautiful! I also love those pinecone candles…so neat!

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Hannah December 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Ooh lovely! I have wanted to make a wool wreath for a while but am not sure I have the patience for it. Maybe a small one!

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Kelli December 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I love the shades of blue! Gorgeous!

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Chris Worthy December 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

You have such a gift. I love coming here for inspiration.

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heather December 30, 2009 at 3:30 am

these are awesomely delicious!

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