Artful and Adventurous Needle Felted Bunny

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This wonderful piece entitled “Rebirth” by Kathleen Dodge DeHaven is artful, adventurous, inviting of contemplation, and somehow…soothing.

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

“I’ve chosen MC-1 Merino-Cross Fast Felting Batts and NZ Corriedale Wool Roving for most of my projects. I’m also very fond of the Core Wool, and it forms the base of many of my projects. And though I still felt mostly by hand with one or two needles, I often use the AddiQuick to smooth spots and to tack down difficult fibers, such as locks.

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

This year, I’m working on more scenic projects, adding mountains, trees, flowers, and sky to animals and everyday objects. Here is the first such project, “Rebirth”, a rabbit with the scenery of the Pacific Northwest. I wanted you to see what I’ve accomplished with excellent fibers, and easy to use and effective tools:

CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 Merino Cross Batts: Blues Studio Pack, Bamboo Spruce, Honeysuckle, Premium Mohair Locks: Emerald Forest, White, Teeswater Locks in Sunshine

NZ Corriedale Wool: Amazon Rainforest, Lima, Natural White

Needle Felting Tools: Felting Needle 38 Spiral, AddiQuick Fast Tool, METAL Felting Needle Tool with 10 Needles, Finger Friends Finger And Thumb Protector Set

Many thanks for all your support to the felting community.”

Sincerely,
Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven, Washington

Colorful Needle Felted Butterflies

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

Marie has been making jumbo butterflies and moths!

This one is needle felted by transferring the design on to a felt square using the Iron On Transfer Pen. Then the wings are cut out and attached to a needle felted body. Wool used is MC-1 Felting Batts in Red Grapefruit, Orange Creme and Buttercup.

Needle Felted Elephant Hawk Moth by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

This is an Elephant Hawk Moth.

The wings were made from wet felted Merino Top in Fuchsia. Detail was added with Dijon, White and Lilac.

The body is core wool with Merino top needle felted on top.

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This is another fantasy butterfly made like the first shown above. Colors are MC-1 Felting Batts in Midnight, Egyptian and Blue Frost with a bit of Chicory and White.

Would you like to see these as a kit, tutorial download or video? Let us know!

Cute Needle Felted Flower Baby Rattle

Needle Felted Flower Baby Rattle by Mel Morales featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

We love this happy flower made by Mel Morales! As she wants it to be a baby rattle, she shared that she will switch out the glass eyes for ones that are baby safe:)

“I used Living Felt’s MC-1 batt in Coral Reef for the petals, and Chickie for the center. I also used 7mm black glass eyes (first time using those…LOVE!) and the 36 Triangle, 38 Star, and 42 Triangle needles from Living Felt…everything worked exactly how I needed it to! I hid a cat toy in the middle to make it jingle:) Thank you for all of your wonderful resources!”

Mel Morales
Nashville, TN

Needle Felted Fairy Garden

Needle Felted Fairy Garden by Kimberly Czar featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“As mother earth awakens this spring I find I am inspired by all the little things that are starting to grow. have done some hanging toadstool ornaments before but thought it would be fun to put a few together in a garden. I used all merino cross batts as I find the shorter fibers easier to work with when making smaller items.

I started with an unfinished 2 1/2″ wooden bowl. I stained it dark and then painted with white acrylic over that and sanded it to get a more aged, earthy feel. I felted a thick, tight base of wool and glued it to the inside of the bowl, and then built everything on top of that base.

I used a similar technique for the snail, gluing some densely felted wool to the inside of the shell and using the loose ends to attach the shell to the snail’s felted body. on the VERY narrow bits – like the snail’s eye tentacles, I employed a bit of wet felting technique after getting them as tight as I could with my needle I dampened them with warm, soapy water and rolled them between my fingers, compressing them as much as possible, and then doing the same with a towel, leaving some loose ends to attach to the head once they were dry.

I used my 42 triangle needle almost exclusively on this and find that the right needle makes a big difference when working on small details.”

– Kimberly Czar, Massachusetts
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Beautiful Needle Felted Lake Superior

Needle Felted Storm Over Lake Superior by Joy Hogg featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

Scraps aren’t trash. Think of them as art “yet to be realized.” This beautiful and highly textural work of art by Joy Hogg is a great reminder of this idea and perfect for this week’s celebration of Mother Earth in so many ways!

Storm Over Lake Superior 10″ x 12″

Silk hankie in grey can be the cliffs of Lake Superior shores being splashed by foam, or storm clouds. The water was a piece created for something else and needle felted to the background. The faint red in the foreground was also a scrap from another “failed” felt, needle felted to this picture. The yellow watery foam is silk.

The lesson to me: Don’t throw away failures or cut away pieces. And silk hankies give a lovely 3 dimensional feel plus a bit of textural difference.”

– Joy Hogg, Michigan

Needle Felting Realistic Animals Workshop

Needle Felted Animals Workshop with Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We really enjoyed hosting Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon and all the fabulous participants (including Megan’s Dad, Jody!)

The class was needle felting realistic animals, and Megan took us through each step one at a time, allowing everyone to make the animal of their choice. Critters included dogs, wolves, caribou, bunny, genet, meerkat, fox, kangaroo, a bear and mountain lion. Most everyone left with more work to do because spending time on the details was so much fun.

It was a fun and inspiring weekend!

We formed shapes from wire armature, covered them in Core Wool, added MC-1 Batting, NZ Corriedale, and other natural fibers for coats, horse hair whiskers and added Glass Eyes to finish them off!

See lots more pictures on our Facebook page here!

Artful Felted Sculpture

Felt Sculpture by Betsy Ratzsch featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What an artful and unique sculpture Betsy has created in this monochromatic palette. The doll is 14″ tall. The base is core wool wrapped around 3 pipe cleaners, and the design is MC-1 Felting Batts.

“The colors are just very restful, like watching a carp swim slowly around in water. The tail actually replaces her arm but i can’t tell you anything about that! Just an intuitive thing. My clay figures were taller than the felted pieces I saw being made so I had to figure out a way to make them tall but not fat. Working horizontally did the trick. The inspiration for the carp is just that I like them. They are so graceful and amazingly hardy. Their whiskers are cool too.”

– Betsy Ratzsch, Michigan
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