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.


BumbleVee said...

Happy New Year Charlotte...just stopped by to wish you the best.

this is a great little tutorial...

Yvette said...

What a wondeful little doggie!
A great tutorial too. I havn't tried needlefelting yet. You sure make it seem easy! :o) said...

Hi Charlotte!

Cool tutorial! I haven't tried using wire armature before, but you make it look so easy. Just might have to give it a go.

Wishing you a Great Day!

Linda :-)

Chimera Crochet said...

Love the tutorial and the whole blog.