This simple felt heart is easy to make and is a great addition to your stash of festive decorations. The densely sewn French knots take a little time to do,
depending in the size of your heart, but give a lovely wooly texture when completed. Although this was designed with Christmas in mind it would be a
suitable gift or decoration for any time of the year.
You will need:
An embroidery hoop
A needle suitable to sew embroidery thread
Garden twine for the hanging loop
Cut your fabric to size and draw on the heart motif to your required dimensions, once you have done this place the fabric in the embroidery hoop.
Gently pull the edges of the fabric to ensure it is taught, you will know its taught enough if it sounds like a dull drum when tapped.
Insert the needle at the point of your heart coming up through the fabric. To do a French knot you need to wrap the thread around the needle twice.
Insert the needle back in the felt close to where it originally emerged. Pull the wrapped thread towards the bottom of the needle to create the start of your French knot.
Push the needle down through the fabric and pull the thread through to secure the knot in place.
Once you have pulled all the thread through your French knot will appear, give the thread a gentle tug to ensure the knot is snug against the fabric and repeat.
Continue the French knot stitches until you have filled your heart motif.
You can sew the knots almost on top of each other to create a wooly effect, if you prefer you can scatter the knots for a more minimal design.