I love crafting and I love cats, so when I saw an advert on FB for learning a new craft and raising funds for Cats Protection League, I knew I had to sign up.
A box with everything we needed to make needle-felted cat baubles arrived in the post and a live FB tutorial was held by Steffi @TheMakerss.co.uk.
Needle felting is literally stabbing wool over and over with a barbed needle so it pulls the wool into itself, mats and becomes firm. Have you ever made the mistake of washing a pure wool jumper in hot water and it comes out matted and stiff? No? Just me then
Once the basic cat shapes were formed and the eyes were stuck on we started felting the top coat in our chosen colours. Chilli and Bean are both tortoiseshell so I’d selected their colours when ordering the kits.
Although not looking overly impressed, I think Chilli could see the work that had gone into her bauble!
The tutorial was easy to follow and we did it in two parts because other Christmas preparations got in the way. Making the baubles was good fun and they looked amazing on our tree too.
The brilliant thing about this was that 2,840 people took part in Craft for Cats and over *£28,400 was raised for Cats Protection!
*Every £10 could buy bedding to help keep an unwanted cat warm and cosy this winter, or the total amount could feed all the cats at 10 small CP adoption centres for an entire year!!
EDIT: EVERY SINGLE bauble posted on the FB Craft for Cats page has looked incredible. Every bauble is filled with love and blood (needle stabs!) and the photos and the stories of the cats have made me laugh and cry. It’s been really quite emotional.