Around this time last year while experiencing another round of color deprivation, I got the urge to make valentine hearts with felt and embroidery thread. My older daughter joined me. Then my daughter-in-law and soon-to-be-daughter-in-law who were visiting thought they'd give it a try. Finally the youngest jumped in as well. It was a Little Women moment with Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy on a winter's evening. I know, I know, but it's my blog and I can be hokey if I want to...
Anyhoo, I wasn't blogging back then so I don't have any how-to pictures. But it's easy enough to explain.
Draw or trace the shape of a heart on a light-colored piece of felt. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter as a template. You'll need two pieces to make one heart. Pure wool felt is best - its colors are richer and it's easier to embroider on than the synthetic stuff.
After your heart is cut out (ha, ha - no, wait, that's a different book...), that is to say, you need to cut the shapes out and save the felt scraps for later use.
Draw whatever you like on the heart. Keep it simple.
Next, using embroidery floss, stitch away. We mostly used satin stitch and chain stitch.
Take your leftover scraps of wool and cut them up into smaller pieces. You'll use them for stuffing the hearts, making them look nice and puffy.
Sew the two pieces together using a blanket stitch.