Needle Felting a Turkey – Fun & Easy Tutorial
This free tutorial for needle felting a turkey is both easy & fun! The Living Felt crew collaborated,
passing the little felted balls and turkeys between us for their development.
First start by needle felting your ball shapes out of core wool.
Below is our standard process for needle felting a ball.
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Using core wool, needle felt a ball for the body and a small ball for the head.
Cover the needle felted ball for the body with the desired color.
Cover the head with a color, or wait until it is attached…either way works!
Use a 36 gauge felting needle to attach the head to the body by poking all around the perimeter;
needle felt through the head at a diagonal to reach the center for further attaching.
If desired, draw and cut out a small template for your wings.
Place the template on top of the wool and begin needle felting (sculpting) the wool by felting all around the sides towards the template. Continue working around and around, but leave the end towards the point loose and un-felted. Flip the wing over and needle felt the other side as well. As your wing begins to get as small as the template, put your template on the foam under the wing and continue needle felting towards the shape of the template.
Using a template is purely optional….
You can also simply pull off two small tufts of wool for the wings and shape with your felting needle,
leaving the ends loose for attaching to the body.
Do not attempt to attach the wing to the foam, just bounce off the foam the best you can…although it will slightly attach.
Gently peel the wing off the foam and needle felt the opposite side, continuing to shape and round the wing.
One of our methods for needle felting the tail feathers started with a semi-round tuft of clay wool batting.
We cut a circle out of paper and traced around it with our felting needle to outline a circular shape as a guide.
We then applied colored wool on top of the base,
and continued to shape the tail feathers with our felting needle.
Our 2nd turkey got more of the “hand tail feathers”.
Needle felt the “fingers” or feathers out of the desired colors of wool
and lay them out in a slight fan or overlap. Then needle felt the cluster on to your turkey.
For the beak, pull off a small tuft of wool in the desired color.
Begin needle felting a small point right in the middle.
I am using a 42 gauge felting needle which is very fine.
Needle felt and shape into a small cone by rolling your wool
on the foam and needle felting at a shallow angle. Leave the base
un-felted where it will attach to the head.