Needle felting tips featured on show

Information on needle felting and decorating cookies will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.)

Debra Quartermain will share some history on needle felting and then show how to do this technique with wool on foam, which began a few years ago. It allows the creation of a variety of whimsical and fun designs from animals to foodstuffs. Her company is Debra Quartermain Design in Fredericton, NB Canada.

Julia Usher is a chef and cookbook author and makes decorated cookies look absolutely unreal — but they are definitely edible. She's going to talk about different icings and show when to use each one as she does marbling and top coating on prepared cookies. Usher is from St. Louis, Mo.

Information on making hobby unicorns and refurbishing wreaths and floral arrangements will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. (All times are Mountain.)

Lois Boncer makes all kinds of dolls and animals, and will show how to make a hobby unicorn, which is a hobby horse dressed in white satin with a gold horn. Her company is Aardvark to Zebra, and she's from Carlsbad, Calif.

Rose Riley, owner of Katie's Flowerland in Clovis, will show how to turn old wreaths, floral arrangements and other decorations into works of art by simply adding new materials to them.

General tips for needle felting with foam

Supplies:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam Make it: Fun TM (www.makeitfuncrafts.com/)
  • Wool Roving from National Nonwovens (www.nationalnonwovens.com/)
  • Needle Felt tool and Molds by Clover (www.clover-usa.com/)
  • Beacon Hold the Foam & Fabri-tac glues (www.beaconadhesives.com/)
  • Round toothpicks and skewers for extra stability between pieces.
  • Waxed knife for cutting foam pieces (rub with candle)
  • Brush to get rid of small pieces of foam

Needle felt and foam head technique:

Cover Styrofoam egg for head evenly with wool and insert needle up and down into foam adhering wool to egg. To create eye socket push gently with thumbs and use needle to punch several more times. Place a small amount of black wool in eye socket. Needle felt around edge first then center. For more control use single needle. Tip: Pull two equal amounts of wool at same time to ensure eyes are same size. Repeat for second eye matching size by referring to first eye. Place a small amount of pink in nose area at end of egg. Needle felt in place from outside edges in. Pull a thin line of pink to needle felt mouth. This completes the head. For photos and more instructions for making felted items, go to www.debraquartermain.com/needlefelt

"Creative Living" is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.

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