Pintester Movement: Ho Ho Ho Edition

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought


by Kate George
Bodacious Betty



The Pintester, Sonja Foust, is hosting another Pintester Movement. No, not that kind of movement. Focus. A number of us are making Christmas ornaments and sending them to Jodee from the Cheeseblarg. She’s never had a Christmas tree before, mostly because she’s Jewish. I’m all inclusive. If a Jew would like a Christmas Tree then all the more power to her. That’s what I say.

Step one. Find an ornament on Pinterest to copy. This is the one I found. I’ve been fooling around with felting lately so it seemed like a good pick. The only trouble is that in order to be in compliance with the Pintester the picture needs a website to go along with it, and this one links back to Flickr. So back to the drawing board. Also it’s likely that I’m not experienced enough at felting to give this a go.



So instead I’m trying this one:

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So I bought some roving. Off Amazon, if you can believe that. It came by ounce. Actually, maybe it wasn’t Amazon, because I remember choosing nicer colors than they had on Amazon. I’ll look it up. Yep it was Weir’s Dolls and Craft.  Anyway, I got felting needles, and a foam mat and went to it. See below. I had wool yarn in two different colors and decided the white would look nicer. So once I had the ball formed I took the white and attached it to the ball with the felting needle.


The bag of roving that came in the mail! Oh, Oh, Oh! Which color should I use?


( Wool Roving (in a lovely plum color).


(run the cursor over the pictures to see the captions!)

And here it is almost done.









And when I went to finish it I’d lost it. I searched for it longer than it took to make it. So I got out the wool roving and needled felted another ball. A better one as a matter of fact. And instead of using yarn I decided to hand twirl some teal roving and use that instead. It was so spectacular that I did another one, and another. I got kind of carried away. So sue me.

Then I found the original under my stationary bicycle. I’m pretty sure this is the culprit:


Pippin in younger days, before she got whiskers. That white stuff hanging out of her mouth? Not whiskers. Snowman stuffing.


I’m afraid I rocked this pintest – which really isn’t the point, so in a way I failed. I failed at failing. It has to do with my childhood, I’m sure. The inability to relax and have fun.  However, on the up side, I got a bunch of great ornaments and so will Jodee. The hard part is choosing which one to send her.

Which do you like best:

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie November 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Those are fun! I’ve never heard of “roving” in my life. I learned something new!


Kate November 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I’d never heard of roving either, Julie! It’s amazing what you find out when you try something new.


Meg November 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

I love all the colors! A few years ago my yarn-shop-owning friend held a workshop on making felted balls. . . but we started with a Styrofoam ball. I, too, “misplaced” one of them – and found it the next summer under the couch when I was moving. . . damn cats!


Kate November 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Mine are wool all the way through, but that’s an interesting thought, start with Stryrofoam. Bet it saves a bunch of time.


JRose November 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Oh, those are all lovely. Needle felting is the greatest thing that has ever come into my life (after I got finger thimbles so I stopped skewering myself). I would be happy to have any one of them! You did a fantastic job!


Kate November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Jodee! What kinds of things do you needle felt? I’ve just started doing this – I’m adding wet felted hats as well. I have a need to be making things.


JRose November 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I have a bunch of the pieces I have made recently at the bottom of my Pintester Movement post. I mostly enjoy doing animals (and sci-fi creatures), though I am going to try some figural stuff soon, I think.


Kate November 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

How did I miss those? They are so cute!


Skye November 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I love the blue one with purple swirls. I love it a lot, actually. I’ve always wanted to try felting because I’ve seen the cutest little animals (and one minuscule teddy bear that I covet). I’ve never seen felted ornaments before this. Now I think that maybe I can do this craft.

Your ornaments look terrific. And I think that Christmassy is whatever you want it to be. As for me, I want a retro tinsel tree with acid-green and magenta ornaments. (And probably some turquoise thrown in because it’s my favorite color.)

Let us know which one you send!


Kate November 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Skye, In the picture of two ornaments hanging I’m sending the one on the left. It’s one of my favorites!


Beth Caudill - Starlight Falls Designs November 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Love the purple and blue colors. Good job.


Kate November 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks, I’m afraid they aren’t very Christmasy!


Pintester November 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I’ve never tried felting before– looks totally fun!


Kate November 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

It is fun – when you don’t butcher your fingers with the needles!


dar November 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I love the plum & white!

Also, it appears your link is spelled wrong on…google helped me find your post! 🙂


Kate November 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Dar,

Hopefully the link is fixed now!


Jen November 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

The link is fixed and these are lovely! I like the first one best 😉


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