Fun Felted Butterfly Tutorial

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

It is so fun to explore what you can make with a bit of MC-1 Batting, Wool Felt and a Transfer Pen!

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

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

After transferring the wing pattern from printer paper to the felt with the Transfer Pen, the wings were needle felted onto the Wool Felt and then cut out.

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

The body was needle felted and slits cut into the sides. I used pins to plan the wing placement and overlap, then wings inserted into the slits. Hide the insertion points and join to the body more securely by needle felting wool between the wings and the body.

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

For this Elephant Hawk Moth, I first wet felted Fuchsia Merino Top and cut out the wing shape. then the accent colors were needle felted on top.

3 Fun Famous Felted Characters

Felted Chesire Cat by Melissa Hoover featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What a bright little tribute to Alice in Wonderland!

“Here’s a little Cheshire Cat inspired by the illustration from the Peck Aubry Alice paper doll set. He’s 3 1/2″ long and 2 1/2″ high. He was mainly worked from core wool, then striped with roving. I used a reversible needle to gently, quickly pull bits along the stripes to smooth over for a more natural look.”

Melissa Hoover, California

Felted Snoopy Picture by Tracie Zody featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Doesn’t this bring back memories?

Tracie Zody shared her wonderful little felted picture of Snoopy in our group and pronounced it “done” 🙂

– Tracie Zody, North Dakota

Felted Falkor Luck Dragon by Jenny Marion featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Falkor looks so dazzling with all those beads!

“For character/ fan art, here is Falkor the luck dragon from The Neverending Story. I made this a year ago using bright white merino cross batts and a lot of beads and pearls.”

– Jenny Marion, Hawaii

Felted Troll Soap + a Rockin’ Minion

Felted Troll Soap by Jennifer Sundstrom featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We love this fun little felted troll! 🙂

“Trolls poppy felted soap for my daughter. I know the hair will be a mess once wet. my daughter wanted this and she will be so happy. It’s a surprise”

– Jennifer Sundstrom, California

Felted Katy Perry Minion by Rai Cosby featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Rockin’ Minion! This is so original 🙂

“my new katy perry minion she is made with living felt yellow batting. hair is gold roving jumper is pre felt blue. my first time doing hair this way ,still working on getting it down better”

Rai Cosby, Florida

Free Mini Tutorial: Wet & Needle Felted Picture

Wet & Needle Felted Picture by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

This little picture entitled “Happy Camper” was created as a gift for a friend. Felting a small picture with simple detail and design can be quite fun!

Wet & Needle Felted Picture by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

All the fibers were laid out on the base layer, and then the picture was wet felted.

Base layer = Living Felt PF-X Prefelt batt cut to size, MC-1 Batts, Dyed Tussah Silk, Merino Top, Dyed Sheep’s Locks.

Wet & Needle Felted Picture by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

Details and texture were added with needle felting and top stitching on the sewing machine. Lower the feed dogs and raise the presser foot so you can stitch freely. Add embroidery also!

Amazing Animal Sculptures

Needle Felted Horses by Kim Mahlbacher featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Look at these amazing and lively sculptures!

“Dear LivingFelt, I love your products!

The animal’s basic forms were made from your CW-1 Core Wool. The details in their colored coats were made using your MC-1 Monochrome and MC-1 Earth tone studio packs, and MC-1 Soft Pink was used for their noses and inner ears.

Your wonderful Lincoln Natural Sheep Locks in Natural Chipmunk, Black, and Gray Smokey were used for the pony’s and donkey’s manes and tails, and the ram’s curls. They are lovely, full and tangle free. I haven’t found this level of quality from any other company. You are my sole resource for wool.

Needle Felted Ram and Donkey by Kim Mahlbacher featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

I hand sew groups of locks to make the pony’s and donkey’s manes and tails and needle felt core wool in matching colors over the stitches. The ram’s curls are needle felted in over a core base with white core wool. His horn is handmade ceramic with a wire base needle felted in with your core wool and covered with curls in the center. Eyes are glass.

LivingFelt’s MC-1 Wool was used for all the animal’s eyebrows in the coat color, and black core wool was added on the edge as eye lashes and also on their mouths for soft smiles.

The needles used were your 40, 42, and 36 Triangle and 40 Spiral.

I worked the wool using your Earth Harmony Series 10″ x 15″ Needle Felting Foam, which had held up very well, is easy to clean, and provides a roomy work space.

Thank you again for the quality of your products.

As an artist, using the best helps me to do my best work.
Blessings, Kim”

– Kim Mahlbacher

HeirloomCroft Art in Wool
LLC Kentucky Crafted Artist
find Kim on facebook and etsy: HeirloomCroft Art

Fun Needle Felted Beetle

Needle Felted Beetle Art by Rachel Nabet featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

You would never know that Rachel just picked up needle felting last fall! Check out the realism in this image!

“My first car was a ’74 Gold Super Beatle and I’ve missed it everyday since I sold it. I thought I’d pay a little homage to this fabulous car by doing a wool painting of a ’69 bug. Used lots of different LF MC-1. And had a lot of fun taking a trip down memory lane while working on this cutie.”

– Rachel Nabet, Massachusetts
instagram, etsy: redroosterfelt

Lovely Needle Felted Flower Pincushion

Needle Felted Pincushion by JoAnn Stratakos featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We shared this lovely piece during our Wooly Wednesday broadcast earlier this week — isn’t if sweet? JoAnn always tags us on facebook with #livingfeltwool. We love seeing what she’s up to!

“Wanted to share my pincushion with this week’s themed colors! I used my own pottery base (I own MudWorks Pottery in Pennsylvania) and Living Felt’s core wool and several MC 1 preferred batts! Love your products and really love the customer service! “

-JoAnn Stratakos, Pennsylvania
web: MudWorksPotteryPA.com