They are wet felted with hand crafted accents, and filled with pure sweetness!
“I have been listing my specialty pincushion/tape measure novelties on www.sharryJo.etsy.com in the past
and they have been well received so I am excited to be back to felting once again.
I am so grateful for Living Felt’s quality products. They bring out the creative gene in me.
Next is a stackable pumpkin pincushion and tape measure. Meet Meanie, Miney and Mo.
Meanie is on the bottom and is perplexed with the heavy weights above.
Miney is holding up well and a little better natured,
but Mo is oblivious to all below and enjoying the view from the heights.
They are a pin cushion also and entirely out of Living Felt Merino wool.
The tape is hidden under the leaves on Miney and is retracted by squeezing his sides.
He really enjoys that as he considers it a hug.
I am limited to dial-up internet so I cannot enjoy the video workshops to give me ideas for other felting.
I have mainly just gotten an idea in my head and grab my 3 types of needles
and poke away until my idea becomes a reality.
I didn’t add armature in any of these 3. They really didn’t need it and can stand alone on the felt base.
I make sure the core wool is felted pretty solidly. I sometimes add
marbles for stability embedded in the base.”
Needle Felting a Pumpkin Bowl Tutorial
Follow the normal steps for wet felting a hat or a vessel without the “extension” (shown on the left) Cover the hat form completely with wool, we used 2oz and recommend an extra layer on the bottom so your finished bowl is sturdy and well supported on the bottom.
The basic steps to achieve the above picture:
Divide 4oz of wool into equal parts. The length should reach from the top of your bowl to the base, roughly at the center of each.
Place on end of the roll on the top of your pumpkin and one end on the base, Needle felt each end of the roll firmly in place.
Your project will look kind of funny and even messy to start. Keep adding the felted pumpkin “meat’ :) and filling in the
circumference completely. The pieces to do not need to be perfect … unless you like it that way!
Use the Clover Pen Tool with 38 Spiral needles to needle felt the edges of the rolled wool where they meet the hat form;
attaching the length of the roll on both sides. Also begin needle felting and firming the roll – but you can come back and felt more after all of the areas are filled in.
This is what our project looks like … “almost” all of the pieces are in place. We filled in all the gaps. Then go back and continue
needle felting the exterior of your pumpkin until it is nice and firm. We used our Clover Pen Tool with two 42 Triangle Felting Needles to
then smooth out all of the needle marks.
This step takes some time, but it is well worth it. If the outside of your pumpkin is firmly needle felted, it will hold up nicely and you can use it year after year for decoration :)
Add any contrasting or complementary colors as desired during this final firming up of the outer layer. It seemed like we could
needle felt this exterior forever — I began to think of it as a “meditative pumpkin” that I could return to and needle felt any time I want a soothing activity :)
Make a paper template the size of your desired hole. **We encourage this is smaller than the diameter of the hat form.
Cutting it too wide may cause it not to hold its shape as well as you want because it will stretch a bit once you remove it from the form. NOTE – it is not likely that the piece you cut out will fit perfectly back in like a “lid”, so it may just be a decoration on the side.
Use an awl or other tool to mark around the perimeter of the template.
Make a small snip with pointy scissors, we are trying to cut through the wool and not cut the foam.
Before cutting out your top, use your fingers to find the foam, so you know how deeply to cut.
Voila! Our felted Pumpkin Bowl is Born!! Add a Stem using the same steps as shown in our tutorial for needle felting a fairy tale pumpkin.
Wrap a chenille stem (pipe cleaner) with wool in your desired color. Cover one end completely and leave the other end exposed.
Needle Felt it into shape. If you needle felt it have 4 or 5 sided (with flat sides) , you can create a realistic look. Attach it to your pumpkin top and give it a little “twist” so it looks more natural.
We fell in love with this precious set of needle felted pumpkins
by Janine Gardner of Foxtail Creek Studios.
Janine has an etsy shop and creates nature inspired miniatures — we can tell you first hand,
they are worth owning!! Little treasures that remind us to appreciate the simple things in life.
Our theme for 09/13 – 09/19:
Felted Pumpkins ~ Welcome Fall!!
*We’ll be posting images on this theme all week both on the blog and facebook.
Join the fun, share yours on facebook…and send us your best pics for upcoming themes to submissions @ livingfelt DOTcom Always a chance to win free felting supplies from http://www.LivingFelt.com
See Our Submission Guidelines
09/13: Welcome Fall! Show Off Your Pumpkins!
09/20: Peace Felt
09/27: Fall Harvest
We recently had a chance to visit with Egle Apanaviciene who lives in Lithuania.
She is a graduate in fashion design and besides her felting, she creates wedding dresses. It was as a fashion student that she discovered felting and began creating gifts for special occasions.
About her dolls, Egle says:
“When I start the process I do not have a clear vision of the result but have great satisfaction in my work.”
“Each doll is unique. I put not only work in them but also sentiment and love. That is why it is hard to part with them. Mostly I give them as gifts to special people.”
Egle may spend up to 2 or even 3 months to create one doll, she shares,
“It takes a lot of patience but the results are always rewarding.”
For her own personal goals, Egle says she wants to “excel” and she feels “the creations in wool are limitless.”
“Patience and more patience. It is most important for me not only he result but the process of achieving it. And this process is the most satisfying creative reward.”
You can follow her online via her facebook page:
All we can say is WOW!!! Check out this gorgeous felted vessel
by our friend Jan O’Dell in California.
She writes, “I am thrilled with the results from my latest order.”
We can see why!!
Jan wet felted this with NZ Corriedale, which can require a bit more patience
due to the long fiber length as compared to batting, and due to it being more coarse
than merino top … but you can get a satisfying end result of medium stiffness.
Colors from top down: butterscotch, copper, toffee.
What a wonderful job she did blending the colors in the layout!