“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
on etsy: czardesign
Wendy really puts her all into her projects and it shows it the detail of her work! This dragon is beautifully sculpted in every way.
“This dragon took me a little over a month to complete. He’s about 20″ long from nose to tip of tail, and about 15” high to tip of wings. He has a wire armature, and core wool for shaping. I used red grapefruit for the body and wings, cotton white for the chest and underside, and a small amount of black for the claws and tips of the wings. The fire is a mixture of yellow, red, orange and a tiny bit of blue. I had fun creating this piece. Thank you for being so inspiring.”
– Wendy Kamai, HI
This fairy garden was needle felted by LF founder Marie Spaulding. The base of the toadstool is CW-1 Core Wool, and was needle felted around a cut length of our Earth Harmony Foam… so the very center is hollow but the stem is thick.
The top was initially shaped by needle felting a circle on our Hat Brim Foam Form with final shaping done after being placed on the stem. The toadstool cap is MC-1 Blueberry, while colors of the grass are MC-1 Felting Batts in various greens top of a cut PF-X prefelt, but core wool could also be used. The stones are MC-1 Storm.
Texture and color in the foliage was created primarily with our Dyed Sheep’s Locks, plus inclusion of some hand-dyed silk hankies for added sheen.
This project was made purely for fun, decoration and relaxation. No fairies have been invited to live in it yet…but some have visited nonetheless
Erin shares that her gnome core is made from MC-1. The hair and beard are created from raw locks from my friend’s sheep. The pod was wet felted using 3 layers of MC-1 batting, with the outer layer in the color Oatmeal.
“The ‘gnome pod’ is created using the exact same method described in the Living Felt Cat Cave tutorial except that I used a very small template! When not serving as a gnome home, it will be used to hold our business cards at fiber art shows.”
Erin Whalen, La Grange, WI
The cat cave tutorial is available via print or download, and we also have a free video for making a small vessel that takes you step by step!
Erin Whalen of Wisconsin recently shared some of her precious needle felted gnomes with us….they are so sweet, we just had to share them with you as well!
“Inspiration: I recently learned some new techniques at a workshop
I took from Silke Sordyl of Fairyfelt. She’s an extremely talented needle felter
and an awesome teacher. And, I live on a 10-acre farm with many beautiful trees, ferns,
hostas, birds, woodland critters, my fiber animals and my horses.
With nature all around, every day is inspiring!
Supplies Used: Living Felt MC1 (for body core) + wool from my own sheep.
Living Felt locks for hair, beards, and outer clothing include: Mohair, Teeswater,
Lincoln Longwool, BFL, and Wensleydale.
Thank you for your consideration.”
Erin Whalen, Wisconsin
We were so delighted to receive this submission by Sharon…this guy is a real character!!
“Imagine my surprise when I got my new order of MC-1 Purple/Berries
and this guy popped out. I love this wool. It is so easy to felt and the colors are wonderful.
I guess I’ll see what else is in that package. Thanks so much.”
– Sharon May, Illinois
Cherie Davidson really got our attention this week with her incredible needle felted gargoyle! She felted him out of love as a gift for her brother.
“I started this gargoyle as a gift for my brother, as a Christmas present. I didn’t get it detailed by then, so I wrapped it, and as soon as he opened it, I snatched it back and said, “he’s not finished yet! You’ll get him back as soon as he’s what I envision him” and I worked on him until the end of March! LOL My poor brother. But when he saw him, he named him “Brutus” and said he was worth the wait. (That was a great feeling!)”
“Brutus is my largest piece, and when he was first started, he was only my third project in needle felting (and ended up being my fifth piece when finished). He’s the size of a house cat, and at his very body core he has a little (doll making) polyfil (for economy, and I was still learning at that point), but then he’s built up with Living Felt core wool, and his wonderful stone color is Living Felt’s MC-1 Cross Batt in Storm Gray. He’s detailed in black MC-1. I did use some armature wire in his paws/claws to help form the toes/talons, and I felted a pipe cleaner up the inside edge of each wing for a little support, but otherwise, he’s all fiber. I used a single 40t needle for most of him, but did occasionally use the Clover 3-needle pen to help with surface smoothing and some large surface areas.
He was a pure joy to create, and I learned a great deal about the feel of wool and the way a needle sculpts wool fibers from this little guy, and I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out!”
Thank you! – Cherie Davidson
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