Monday, January 28, 2008

Needle Felted Life Size Beavers

Wow...doing life size Critters takes a lot of wool, a lot of poking & a long time to complete. This pair took 2 solid weeks!!!

There is an article about making this pair in the Feb issue of Mini Teddy Hugs

Friday, January 4, 2008

Needle Felted Mystery Critter with Wire Armature Tutorial

This project can become just about any 4 legged Critter you desire, by adding the desired color outer layer of wool & features.

I started with 22 gauge florists wire and twisted a basic shape.

Next I took some wool yarn that I had spun, and wrapped the armature. I made a small tight ball of the yarn to fit inside the loop of wire for the head.

Next I started adding small amounts of core wool, wrapping it around the body, and started carefully needle felting it on using a 36S needle, working very carefully & slowly so I didn't hit the wire. What seemed to work the best is to poke parallel to the wire, if you get what I mean.

I added small balls of core wool to the bottom of each foot, because I didn't like how close the wire was to them.

Now just keep slowly poking & shaping & adding core wool to end up with the shape you want...this could end up being a wide variety of different kritters, using this basic wire armature. Most importantly, work slowly & carefully, so that you get it well felted & do not break any needles.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Needle Felted Chili Pepper Mini Tutorial

1. My felting needles
2. Piece of Core Wool
3. Core Wool after Carding with #6
4. Chili taking shape (Felted with size 36T)
5. Firmly felted chili (felted with size 38S & 40T double needle)
6. My carding combs
7. Red Roving
8. Carded Red Roving
9. Red wool being added to Chili
10. 3 finished Chilis
11. Rovings used for the Chili's

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Calla Lily PictureTutorial - Needle Felted

This is a picture Tutorial of how I Needle Felt Calla Lilies.

If you have any questions, I would be happy to help.