You can also use NZ Corriedale, the bunny fluff, or other wools such as the alpaca and jacob shown below.
These sweet little mushrooms are lots of fun. Decorate or pose them any way you like! It’s a perfect beginner project, and you can use this as a building block for future projects.
This short tutorial will show you Marie’s method for making tiny but realistic fingers and claws for your needle felted critters.
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This colorful nesting bird pincushion was fashioned to hold my felting needles when not in use. I have enjoyed it so much and it brings a smile to my face each time I start on a felting project. Then it occurred to me that my fellow needle felters would probably feel the same as I do, so I created this illustrated step by step tutorial.
1) Start with approximately 1 oz of core wool and a 38 star felting needle.
2) Take ¾ of the core wool and needle felt it into a kidney bean shape.
3) Take about 75% of the remaining core wool and wrap it around most of the kidney bean shape.
4) Needle felt this to create a fat ended bird body.
5) Take the small amount of core wool that is left.
6) Needle felt it to the remaining bird body. This creates the bird’s head at the fat part of the body.
7) Your shape should be approximately 3.5 inches tall
8) Your shape should be approximately 4 inches long – do not over felt at this stage as the nesting bird should have some give to it. We are going to later add merino cross color and remember it’s going to be a pincushion.
9) With the remaining core wool – divide into two equal parts.
10) Lightly needle felt into wing shapes.
11) Attach the wing shapes by lightly needle felting to each side of the bird.
12) Then needle felt the wing, making sure that the wing shape is maintained.
13) With a wood skewer and a small piece of black MC-1.
14) Form a tube shape for the bird beak.
15) Needle felt the bird beak to the front of the bird head.
16) Needle felt small pieces of black wool to create the eyes.
17) Now to add color – for the Eastern Bluebird use MC-1 bright white, pomegranate (red) and azure (blue). With a thin layer of MC-1 azure
18) Needle felt it to the core bird body.
19) With a thin layer of MC-1 pomegranate
20) Add the second color to the chest portion of the body.
21) For the wing feathers, lightly needle felt small balls of MC-1 azure.
22) At this point you can add detail to the back of the bird
23) Take three pieces of blue MC-1
24) Needle felt these pieces to create tail feathers
25) Attach the felted feathers to the back of the bird.
26) Add detail to the eyes and a small amount of MC-1 mango (gold) on the bottom of the birds beak
27) Create black wool bird feet
28) Add detail to the front of the body with a thin layer of white.
29) For a Red Robin, use MC-1 bright white, black, storm grey, and rhubarb (red).
30) Create bird feet with black wool
31) Add detail on the eyes and front of the body
32) Create three bird eggs to put into the nest.
33) You can use a birds nest made of small vines to hold your nesting bird or a small dish would work great
34) Add a little moss and the bird eggs with your nesting bird
I hope you will have as much fun as I did creating your own colorful nesting bird pincushion. While, I have demonstrated how to make red and blue colored birds, you may want to use other colors, particularly if you have the [MC-1] variety pack … When you create this little beauty, please put a smile on everyone’s face and post your picture on Living Felt’s Facebook page.
By Joyce Hazlerig
Approx 1 oz of core wool
Locks, yarn, and sparkle fibers
Felting needles Tri 38 or Tri 40 Mulitools help a lot
First bunch or roll your core fiber into a ball or oval and needle all over. The denser you roll your core the less jabbing you have to do with the felting needles. You want to needle it until it resembles a conch shell. Multitool time! Make its go faster.
Now shaping the hillside as you wish. Mostly round, with a flat face on one side and needle the bottom flat. Make a front yard area by folding a section of core batt.
Needle it form underneath to attach, now it looks like a melted scoop of ice cream.
Now that we have a hillside its time to landscape it!
Gather all your green wools and layer them in thin sections, you can card them together if you like or simply layer by hand, either way works. I like to do different colors or textures of wools giving the hillside a mossy look, use a little firestar to add a dewy magical sparkle. This is only a thin layer it doesn’t take much wool. Neelde with a single or double 40 or 38 until all the core is covered. You don’t have to do the bottom, less you want to. I like to make my underneath earthy brown, like dirt. An alternate hillside, make one face very flat and fill in with earthtone wool for a cut away gnome home.
Detail time. Use a single felting needle and gather some mohair locks and fold in half about three short locks and needle at the fold into a section of the hillside. You can even “plant” the lock bush by adding a little green wool into the middle for security.
Add yarn foliage the same way. Next make a window!
Just a little wisp of yellow or white wool. Needled into the hill, do it firmly so that it is recessed. Then add a cross pane and frame.
Add a Door with a bit of brown wool or any color you want your door. I framed the door with another darker brown. And then added lines and a knob. Here’s a red round door on a different Gnomehome.
Add details! Novelty eyelash yarn needle felts into grass and paths.
Mushrooms and toadstools provide a chimneystack for your gnome. Just felt a stem from brown or white wool and felt a cone shape and attach together. An easy mushroom is to felt a dense ball and then cut it in half to form two mushroom caps. Outline paths and add stones or little lakes. The possibilities are endless! Now you have your own secret world!
Now, you can also watch a complete tutorial of this project by Joyce! 🙂
We are so grateful to Joyce for gifting this tutorial to our community!
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~ Free Needle Felting Tutorial ~
Mossy-Felt Spring Wreath
I wanted a moss-like spring wreath for my office, and this simple and fast project for needle felting a wreath could be done a thousand ways!
Start with your desired colors of wool, a foam wreath, a sturdy multi-needle felting tool or single felting needles and adornments of your choice. We used Mc-1 Merino-Cross Batts in 3 shades of Green (we have 10+ shades of green in this line) and the 4-needle metal felting tool.
Start by wrapping a single layer of wool batting around your wreath.
Our starting piece was approximately 18″ long. Wrap, gently overlap the edges and do not allow it to twist.
Add light and dark colors as desired and begin needle felting from the starting point of your wrap, working from one side to the other. Make sure to needle felt all around the wreath. Make sure to bring your needles in and out at the same angle, no bending…the needles could break in the foam. Cover your entire wreath in this manner, adding another strip only after you have needle felted the previous layer. Give the entire wreath one more pass to firmly needle felt all wool in place.
Add any adornments. We chose simple silk floral stems. Bend the ends to brace them on the wreath.
Add wool over the bend and needle felt the wool to anchor the stem in place. If neccessary, strip off any plastic and expose the wire underneath. Poke this into the wreath and cover/anchor with needle felted wool.
Add a ribbon or hang from a hanger & enjoy! Make different wreaths for different seasons, and remember to send us your photos!
We look forward to seeing yours.