Debbie Gedayloo Needle Felged Bird Wall Hanging on www.livingfelt.com/blog using MC-1 Felting Batts and the Addiquick Felting Tool

Striking Needle Felted Blue Heron Wall Hanging

Debbie Gedayloo Needle Felged Bird Wall Hanging on www.livingfelt.com/blog using MC-1 Felting Batts and the Addiquick Felting Tool

Debbie Gedayloo shared with us her fabulous felted wall hanging that was created
in a highly textured “relief”.

“This is a 3d sculptured wall hanging using needle felting
and the new Addiquick tool. I live at the edge of a bird sanctuary
on the central coast of California and herons are here year round.
The picture was made using and locks all from Living Felt.

The AddiQuick was used to felt in the 3D elements of the bird’s wings
and face and also the plants behind the bird. I found the tool quite useful
to penetrate through the really thick design.
It would have taken a really long time to create the depth
with just a needle and hand so the AddiQuick was really helpful.

I used quilt batting as the background because I had a bunch in a box.
This was WAY too thin and flimsy as a background so it took a lot of roving
and batts to add color and thickness to the project. (live and learn) .”

Thanks again,

Debbie Gedayloo, California

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Realistic Needle Felted Birds

Susan Beal Lifelike needle felted birds on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Susan Beal in Vermont needle felts incredibly lifelike bird sculptures. She shared that she combines her wool with our CW-1 Core Wool and colors of our MC-1 Batts.

Susan Beal Lifelike needle felted birds on www.livingfelt.com/blog Using MC-1 Felting Batts and CW-1 Core Wool

Some of those colors include: Black, Storm, Birch, Driftwood and Clay, Blueberry,
Winter Blue and Chicory.

“I’ve tried other company’s wool and keep returning to yours
for my birds because it felts so well and is so clean and uniform,
and there is a terrific range of colors. I also use your needles
a single #36 triangle is my workhorse (I go through a lot of these!),
along with the #38 star needles in the 10 needle felting tool
and the Clover tool.”

Susan Beal Lifelike needle felted birds on www.livingfelt.com/blog Using MC-1 Felting Batts and CW-1 Core Wool

 

She also shared that a number of her birds were made for a conservation group in Mississippi who uses the birds in educational activities, while others are created
and for sale in her etsy shop.

Susan Beal Lifelike needle felted birds on www.livingfelt.com/blog  Using MC-1 Felting Batts and CW-1 Core Wool

“They’re all life sized, and because I strive make them as lifelike
and realistic as possible, I’ve had to keep developing new techniques
along the way. It’s immensely gratifying.

Thanks for all your passion, love and good vibes!”

Best wishes,
Susan, Vermont

See more from Susan in her etsy shop: Flightofheart

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Free & FUN Felting Tutorials

Needle Felted Winter SquirrelNeedle Felt an Owl OrnamentFelting With a PointWe held a little contest encouraging our felting friends to submit a tutorial of their own design in the theme of Hand Made Holiday. It is no small endeavor! Three beautiful and creative women took the challenge — and now all of our felting friends can try their hand at these fun projects…for free!

WET FELTING AN ELF HAT – Free Felting Tutorial
by Sonja Oswalt of Conspiracy of Love Art
download tutorial: Wet Felt Silly Elf Hat

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NEEDLE FELTING AN OWL ORNAMENT – Free Tutorial
by Judi Francis of Felting With a Point
download tutorial: Needle Felt an Owl Ornament

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NEEDLE FELTING A WINTER SQUIRREL – Free Tutorial
by Angela Goetz of Black Sheep Everything
download tutorial: Needle Felted Winter Squirrel

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Our Special Thanks to Sonja, Judi and Angela for their submissions and gifts to our community of creative friends! For their participation, ALL THREE WIN! They will receive bountiful goody boxes of Felting Treats and an oh so stylish Living Felt T-Shirt of their choice!

Have FUN and HAPPY FELTING!

Felted Owl Cape by Maggie Nutting on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

Felted Owl Cape with a Wonderful Story!

Felted Owl Cape by Maggie Nutting on www.LivingFelt.com/blogA wish, some clay sculptures, wool, and creativity connect 4 generations.

This incredible owl cape has quite a story!

“My mother was the initial inspiration for the Owl Cape,
along with the fact that my daughter loves the barn owl.

My mother passed last year due to aggressive lung cancer;
before she left us, she requested that I create something with the
“Clay Owl eyes and beak” she’d had for some twenty plus years.

She said, “I know you will make something special out of these”.

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I was to make something for my eldest daughter, Kat,
as she lives in Ontario and we live in British Columbia about 3,000 miles away.
Kat, my daughter, was not able to make it out to see her Grand-mother (my mom)
before she passed; my mother wanted to leave her something really special.

Felted Owl Cape by Maggie Nutting on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

I purchased most of the wool to make this cape from Living Felt.
I love the large pre-felt piece. It made shaping the wings
and hood a simpler task.I needle felted the piece first
and then completed it with wet felt technique.

The person that is modelling the Owl cape is my Grand-daugher, Juliette…

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Felted Owl Cape by Maggie Nutting on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

Felted Owl Cape by Maggie Nutting on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

I have attached photos of what the cape looked like whilst I was working on it.
I will be making more of these kinds of Totem Wear
here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and hopefully
starting my web page this coming week.

(We will post Maggie’s website when she makes it available!)

Felted Jabba the Hut by Rachele Misiti using Living Felt MC-1 Batts

Felted Jabba the Hut is AMAZING!

Felted Jabba the Hut by Rachele Misiti using Living Felt MC-1 Batts

We received a message from Rachele Misiti that shouted out with great exhuberance,
“…This is your wool!”  Wow…we could not have predicted this!!

I used about 20 ozs of MC1 Bamboo MC-1 merino cross back and various shades from the Green merino cross studio pack. I began by making the “skin” by welt felting a large sheet using the variations in the greens to create depth. 

I then wet felted the basic shape of the head by felting it over a rubber ball. 

After this dried into the shape, I stuff the head shape with wool and hand sewed a bottom made of woven wool to later be attached to my son’s hoody.

 Felted Jabba the Hut by Rachele Misiti using Living Felt MC-1 Batts

At this point the real sculpting began, I needle felted the shape of the head and the features of his face to include wrinkles, the ridge of his mouth and his nose.

 I made  his eyes from sculpey, painted them w/ acrylic paint and then attached them to the face. 

I continued to develop the folds/ wrinkles through loose stitches gathered around the head.

 Next I sewed the head onto a small hoody and gently opened up a face hole for my son to peek out of, I hand sewed a seam to create a clean line.

 Felted Jabba the Hut by Rachele Misiti using Living Felt MC-1 Batts

This probably took about 20 hours of work but was worth it! I love working on large scale projects but even more to see my 4 ½ year old son so excited! He is a huge start wars fan and can’t wait until the movie comes out!”

 Rachele Misiti, Texas

Felted Pumpkin Bowl by Carol Jensen in Washington

Felted Fall Decorations!

Felted Pumpkin Bowl by Carol Jensen in Washington

This felted pumpkin bowl is so beautiful!

“This was made with wool and silk embellishment. The leaves were needle felted using a leaf mold (cookie cutter) and then wet felted. The spirals are just lengths of wool partially felted, wrapped around a straw and dried. Different colors of orange were used to make the side of the pumpkin even more 3-D and then wet felted over a resist. I always sew on the leaves instead of gluing.”

Carol Jensen, Washington

Would you like to learn how to make this?

Watch our free video tutorial wet felting over a resist

Handmade Holiday: Felting DIY Tutorial Challenge

DIY Felting and Needle Tutorial Challenge @ LIVING FELT

DIY Felting and Needle Tutorial Challenge @ LIVING FELT

Every week we give away prizes just for sharing your creations,
and this holiday, we want to encourage everyone to
“Learn, Share, Teach, Create, Felt!”

Surely you are working on some holiday decorations or ornaments,
so take a few pics of the process,
jot down a few “how to” notes and share them!

We will give away prizes and gift certificates, as always,

EVERY SUBMISSION IS ENTERED TO WIN!

Email your entries to submissions at livingfelt.com
with DIY HANDMADE HOLIDAY in the subject line.

Entry Must Include:
Photos of supplies, 3-10 “steps”, 1-2 finished project,
Written directions for each photo. Artist name, City, State.