Needle Felted Mr & Mrs Bunny Rabbit

Mr & Mrs Bunny — Needle Felted

Needle Felted Mr & Mrs Bunny Rabbit

Needle Felted Mr & Mrs Bunny Rabbit

Jane Lendway of Vermont a Wins a Felting Goody Box from LivingFelt.com!

Jane sent us her darling pictures of Mr & Mrs Bunny. Aren’t they a pair?! She says baby bunny is on the way this year!

Living Felt’s generosity, creativity and positive attitude makes shopping for felt and needles a joy.
fun to make the animals and then clothe them in rich, vibrant colors.

Thank you and Happy Easter!” – Jane Lendway, Vermont

We are touched, Jane, and humbled. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with all of us.

Thanks to everyone for making it so fun & friendly by sharing your pics, love & feedback!!

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Sweet Needle Felted Easter Bunny Rabbit


This darling needle felted bunny was sent in by Angela McGinnis of Ireland.
She wanted to make a “delicate and a calorie free alternative to an Easter Egg” … well done!

He is a total of 4″ tall from feet to tip of ears, with black onyx for yes and his sweet jacket is crocheted.
He is needle felted with a wire armature, core wool and white merino wool on top.

See more from Angela at
www.facebook.com/brubears

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Needle Felting Easter Eggs – Fun & Easy Free Felting Tutorial

 

Have fun making a colorful basket of needle felted Easter eggs with
this quick and easy tutorial. This is 2nd in a series of 3 needle felting Easter tutorials. Previously we made “Dot”, our fun little bunny ball. For this project, we used Living Felt Brand CW-1 Core Wool, and MC-1 Merino-Cross Batts.


First start by needle felting your egg shapes out of core wool.
Below is our standard process for needle felting a ball. You can right+click
to save this picture and share it with a friend!

 

 

Tear off a small, thin strip of wool and wrap it snugly around the center
of your egg with the final edges overlapping slightly.

 

Tear off another thin strip and wrap it around the length of your egg. All
white wool underneath should be covered.

 

Needle felt the wool in place by poking your felting needle in and out, in and out. Work across the entire surface of the egg in several passes (vs spending too much time in one spot), and hold the wool in place as you work. Continue
needle felting until the surface is very smooth and evenly felted. You don’t want it to look bumpy.

For spirals and lines try this: Pull off a long, thin (but even) strip of wool and roll it into a tube by rolling it on your foam or even on your pantleg. Make sure it is an even thickness from end to end.

To wrap a line around your egg, needle felt one end in place and keep tension
on it as you needle felt it in place from one end to the other. Take time
to make the edges nice and neat as you go along, constantly gathering fibers
with your felting needle towards the middle of the line.

 

For flowers, hearts or similar decoration, pull off tiny tufts of wool and
needle felt each into place one at a time; taking time to needle felt all
loose fibers and tighten up edges before adding the next petal. If too many
fibers are loose when you add more petals, the design is more likely to fuzzy
because the fibers from petal to petal will get entangled.

To add tiny dots and even large polka dots (also a great technique for eyes),
pull off a small tuft of wool, center it over the spot you want it to be and
lightly needle felt it right in the center.

 

Next, gather the loose fibers by twirling them onto your felting needle.

T then just poke, poke, poke to needle felt them in place. This is an easy
way to make circles and dots!

Use the same line technique above to make spirals.

 

 

That’s it! Needle felting so easy once you learn a few basic techniques!
If its not new to you, we hope you will share with and teach someone else!

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Wet Felting Easter Eggs | Free Felting Pattern & Tutorial

For this project, we used Medium sized plastic eggs, and Living Felt MC-1 Merino Cross Felting Batts,
knee high stockings, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, ribbon,
felting needles, earth harmony felting foam, olive oil soap, hot water and small scissors.

 

For the inside color, snugly wrap plastic Easter Eggs with a thin layer of fiber around the middle of egg,
then wrap a second layer going perpendicular to the first. The egg should be covered.

For the outside color, repeat by wrapping two complete layers. Lightly needle felt the loose ends if desired.

Place your hand inside the stocking and take hold of the egg, then pull the stocking so the egg is fully covered.

Since we are felting by hand (and not felting
balls in the washing machine
) we do not need to tie off the stocking.

Fill a bowl or basin with hot water and use a vegetable grater to peel off some soap flakes.
The water should be slick in your fingers, and hot, but tolerable to your hands.

Dunk the wool covered egg in the soap solution and wet if fully.
Press, handle and roll the egg in your hands like a ball of clay, constantly massaging and rolling.

**Take care not to squeeze your egg too hard or the plastic egg may come apart and make your final product slightly mis-shapen.

The ball should be wet, but not dripping and a bit soapy. Do this for 5-10 min, or until the fibers
just start to peek through the stocking. Then gently peel the stocking off the egg.

The fibers have started to entangle and form felt. Now it is time for further shrinking and entangling of the fibers, also called “fulling”. Roll your egg
on a felting or wash board if you have one, and continue to wet it in your soap solution, and roll and squeeze it in your hand.

 

Once the wool feels snug around the egg and well felted, finish with hot and cold rinses, and more rolling/squeezing.
Roll the eggs in towels to remove excess water. Use fine scissors to cut most of the way around the egg,
leave approximately 2″ across the back attached for a strong hinge.

Set the eggs to dry overnight.

 

Finish the edges of your eggs with a blanket stitch.
Add embroidery or needle felted designs.

Sew a decorative ribbon to the rear hinge.
Time to add some prizes inside! Make a little bunny ball with our tutorial here, add some jewelry, candy in a bag, or make a simple chick below.

Follw the basic instructions for needle felting a small egg shape as shown on our free felting tutorial for an Easter Chick, Cheep.
Instead of sewing on a head,

use your 36 gauge felting needle to sculpt the head. Add wings. Ours are felted flat onto the body.
For the beak, make a small rectangle with needle felting, wet felting or use commercial felt.

Fold it in half and cut the open ends into a triangle.

Place the beak right on the face of your felted chick and needle felt right in the fold.
Add small tufts of wool or beads for the eyes.

Tuck your prizes inside and have a Happy Easter!

 

Share your ideas below and share photos of your projects by sending them
to submissions@livingfelt.com or posting them on our facebook page.

Felting an Easter Basket | Project Idea & Tutorial

Felting a special Easter Basket is so much fun and really quite easy to do!

We used an Earth Harmony NeedleFelting Hat Form in size small, MC-1Merino Cross Batts, one quilting fabric quarter, sheer ribbon
in two widths, Mod Podge, emboidery thread, a sewing machine and a multi-needle felting tool.

If you have never used a hat form to needle felt a hat or vessel, you can ge ta kit of your custom color choices and complete instructions here: Needle Felting a Hat Kit

If you have needle felted a purse over a foam pad you have the basic idea, you can also see our primer video for needle felting a purse

Needle felt over your form in the colors desired. We made the inside white
because we will line our basket with fabric. Once needle felted, firmly wet felt
the basket to a smooth finish, cover your foam with stretch wrap or a plastic bag, and place the felted basket back on your foam to shape it.
You can leave it on the foam to dry mostly, and remove it for the final drying time – at least overnight.

For a really smooth finish, you can steam iron it while on your foam to block it.

Once your piece is dry, we can needle felt the final design.
Here is the basic shape for our bunny. Print it out if desired.
We used a simple tear drop body shape to get started.

Put your basket back on the foam. Place a patch of wool on your basket
and lay the body shape on top. Use your felting needle to trace an indent around the body shape.

Remove the template and continue to needle felt by felting all of the fibers from outside the line into the body area.
Add the head, feet and tail in the same manner, or just free hand the design.

Tie a wide ribbon and a thin ribbon in knots at both ends.
Mod podge them together with a paint brush.

Create a pattern for your basket liner by tracing around your hat form.
Leave 1/4″ to 1/2″ margin for the circular base.

Since the interior of your basket may be larger than the circumference of your foam,
give yourself a few extra inches to work with. Pin the templates to your fabric and cut out.

Place the long strip inside your basket for proper sizing and pin the short ends of the long strip together.

Sew these ends on your sewing machine. Pin the base on and sew that together.
We will not hem the top of  the liner but instead will fold it down inside the walls of the basket.

Pin the liner in your basket and blanket stitch in place. Sew on your handle so it is nice and sturdy and fill with it with fun!

We hope you will share pictures of your felted Easter Basket and other items on our Facebook Friends page!

 

needle felted bunny

Needle Felted Bunny Rabbit

needle felted bunny rabbit

Kathy Gable shared her sweet little friend, Benny Bunny. Benny was needle felted from Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool and a mixture of brown wools. 

needle felted bunny rabbit

If you like Benny, you’re sure to love Puff! Puff is a darling needle felted cat by Kathy who earned a ribbon at the fair.