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Wood be Gnominee

   Who will be your nominee? Since each one of these wood gnomes has his only personality is will definitely be hard to chose.

   Theses needle felted gnomes are super easy to create. The gnomes are made by shaping wool roving and then melding the fibers into each other by poking it up and down with a felting needle. A felting needle does not have an eye so there is threading involved – yeah! Instead a felting needle has tiny barbs on the side near the needle point. I used medium sized needles or 86mm. You will find yourself addicted to making them.

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Take a Stab at Needle Felting

    Have you seen those cute little felted animals and always wanted to give them a try? Let us show you how. To get started you will need an oval or egg shaped base. It all starts with some wool quilting batting that is cut in a particular yet simple non-precise way. Roll it up and then do a little punching with a special barbed needle. Now you ready to create your project.
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   We used Quilter’s Dream brand wool batting as we love their products. You can use other brands of wool batting. If you are a quilter, this is the perfect way to use scrap batting. Wool roving will work fine. Wool is the key to every needle felting project.

   The other thing you need is a felting needle. We used a medium sized or 86mm needle These needles not only sharp points but also have tiny very sharp barbs. Make sure to use caution and know where your fingers are in relation to the needle and you avoid poking yourself. Needle can bend and even break if forced or not used in a straight up and down motion.

    We suggest a needle felt surface. However you use a thick foam. For this base, you can do with out a felting mat. It is just nice to have.

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We use our Cricut Maker all the time for a myriad of crafts and are thrilled to tell you about our new affiliation with

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     With Cricut you will never need to run to the store to buy a birthday or any other greeting card. You can use a predesigned one as is or you can personalize a card from Cricut ‘s extensive library. Or start from scratch to make it entirely your own.
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     Not only did we use our Cricut to cut out the shapes in our Foxy Card, all the lettering was drawn by the same machine.

     Chris Moose and Have a Ball are other examples of our designs made utilizing our Cricut.
     
     
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     Got art work? You can make a fantastic frame mat to emphasize your artistry.

     Make stencils. Use the stencil to paint unto wood to make a rustic sign. Etching glass is another great idea. Watch for upcoming videos on these.

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Clean up Yucky Coffee and Tea Stains with this How to Video

Coffee and tea stains make your cups look yucky. MainelyDiY explores and compares 4 non-toxic cleaning techniques for effectiveness and ease. So clean up with MainelyDiy.com in this how to video. You will also learn how to have a sparkling clean coffee pot!

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Introducing the New “Fun” Menu Featuring the Humorous “Wacky Words” Section

We have just added a new menu to the MainelyDiY.com website named fun. This week’s featured section is “Wacky Words” where we share humorous twists on sayings, quips, jokes and more. Please check it out and let us know if we have made you laugh and smile.

Coming soon the the Fun Menu are sections for Animal Antics, Making Music, and Where’ the Waterfall. Check back soon for updates.