Brilliant Needle Felted European Hare

Needle Felted Hare by Julie Christensen King with MC-1 Felting Batts on Needle Felted Hare  Rabbit by Julie Christensen King  on

Julie Christensen King is an avid needle felter, and gave herself a challenge to needle felt a realistic life-sized hare.

She did a brilliant job! Needle Felted with Living Felt MC-1 felting batts in our earth tones. (Cinnamon brown, Dark Brown, Espresso Bean, etc.)

Felting Wild Life with Judy Titche

Judy Titche Needle Felted Animals Ducklings Turtle on

Judy Titche lives in Indiana and is a trained artist with a degree in painting and drawing. Her creative exploration, however, has moved her more toward 3D works which she really enjoys.  Her felted animals and the rich colors and textures in her scenes are utterly brilliant.

Judy Titche Needle Felted Animals Ducklings Turtle on

I have done a great deal of work in 3D mosaics. My current show at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is a combination of mosaics and fiber held together by the theme of animals.”

“I have always had a fascination with vintage fabric and needlework. I saw a photo of needle felted embellishment and I plunged in head first. I love to learn new art forms and I also like the challenge of pushing them to their/my limits. I like the little ”surprises” of wet felting and the variety of color in wool rovings.  Needle felting is both a challenging and unique sculpting medium.  I find the final form is also unique in its texture and detail.”


Judy Titche Felted Animals on

Judy considers “nature” to be her greatest inspiration. “Every day I am amazed at the beauty of nature. I think I captured some of that beauty in my baby duck piece, the Snowy Owl and the Cardinals in a Magnolia Tree.”

Judy Titche  Felted Owl  on

Judy shared that her greatest artistic challenges to date were around the felted snowy owl hanging in her current solo show.

“I think the Snowy Owl was the most challenging due to the armature I had to build to provide support for the life sized wings and body. Also the installation piece around the owl was quite challenging.  My vision was to create an ethereal setting for the owl to be flying through.  I was quite pleased with the final result.”

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Next on her bucket list of “things to felt” is an installation representing several different jellyfish.

 Judy offers encouraging words to those just getting started:

 “Keep your eyes open and look, look, look. Train yourself to see detail and the numerous hidden treasures all around you.  There are innumerable textures and color combinations that are awe inspiring. Use what you see as  inspiration for your work.”

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Judy shared her use of Living Felt Fibers and tools:        “I use Living Felt core wool for most of my 3D work.  I like the foam pads for needle felting and Merino wool for its softness and color variety.”

 Besides her current exhibit, you can see more of Judy’s eclectic style in her etsy shop: ReZoom

Regal Needle Felted Cardinal

Needle felted bird cardinal by Megan Nedds on       Megan Nedds continues to wow and inspire with her realistic needle felted animals. This glorious red, felted cardinal boasts a wing span of over 13 inches! He is felted over a wire armature and was created as a commission. Be sure to check out more from Megan right here on our blog and at her etsy shop, and on facebook where Megan often posts pictures of her sculptures in progress. Interview with Megan

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on

Graceful Needle Felted Giraffe

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on

Shelly Schwartz of Michigan has always loved giraffes and has sculpted them many times from clay,
but she only recently discovered needle felting on Etsy and started felting animals just a few months ago.

Shelly shares, “This giraffe is the fifth animal I needle felted, from the supplies I purchased from Living Felt. I would like to make a tiger someday, but the spots on the giraffe took so long to do that it may be a while before I get inspired for another spotted or striped animal.”
The giraffe was sculpted over a wire armature with MC-1 Felting Batts in:  Natural Cotton, Winter Grey and Black Onyx. Her spots are NZ Corriedale Toffee and her tail has black Tibetan Lamb’s wool. She is a little over 12 inches tall.

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on

Shelley generously shared some tips on how she used the long fibers of NZ Corriedale to make such tiny spots:

“I pulled off small amounts and rolled them into a ball, tucking in the loose fibers as I rolled them, then tacked them on with either a 38 star [felting] needle and 40 triangle depending on the size of the spots. Then I used the pink pen tool to tighten them down and smooth them better. For the mane, I only cut the fibers after I attached the mane to her neck.”

Lovely example of Needle Felted Animals! Needle Felted Giraffe by Shelly Schwartz Featured on

“I love needle felting and Living Felt has made things so easy to get started and has all of the supplies and colors that I need to bring my critters to life. Thank you for inspiring me every week through your emails.” ~ Shelly

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Lively Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott-Osinga Featured on the Living Felt Blog

Lively Needle Felted Road Runner

Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott Osinga and Featured on

This remarkable needle felted road runner comes to us from Michelle Leibgott-Osinga. He is 3/4 size and completely poseable, making it possible to put him in realistic stances. We are hosting workshop for needle felting a bird this week — and this great needle felted sculpture is a perfect kick-off!

He has a steel wire armature, the legs are wire and wrapped with embroidery floss, and the claws are made from sculpting resin that has been painted.  Michelle used four different colors of wool in the feathers to express the iridescence these birds have in their tail feathers.
Michelle is working on needle felting more animals of the southwest … we are looking forward to seeing what she felts up next!

Needle Felted Road Runner by Michelle Leibgott Osinga and Featured on

See more great needle felted animals by Michelle:


Needle Felted Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Vail Rossi on ebay

Stunning Needle Felted Unicorn & Foal!

Needle Felted Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Vail Rossi on ebay

FELTED FAIRY FANTASY Week MUST Include a Unicorn…right?! Well we have a BEAUTIFUL Unicorn by Carol Rossi of Colorado!  ~*you might recall we posted her amazing Pegasus just a short while back.

Carol used Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool as the base, NZ Corriedale on Top/for coloring and White Tussah Silk for the mane of the mare, also from LF. Carol used a reverse barbed felting needle to pull the black through to the surface. [and YES! We will have these in stock SUPER SOON … so watch for them in the newsletter]

Carol Rossi needle felted unicorn foam of VailRossi on ebay

Meanwhile — Love to Carol’s Unicorn and her Unicorn Foal!  We blogged  it so you can pin it!

Her ebay is: She does not always have items in the shop, because when she posts them…they sell fast. So make sure to follow her shop!

Needle felted hedgehog by Megan Nedds

A Peek Inside the Woolen Wagon – Needle Felting Life Like Animals with Megan Nedds

Needle Felted Emporer Penguin by Megan Nedds[ Living Felt MC-1 wool batts in Black Onyx and Storm Gray]

Megan Nedds sculpts incredibly captivating wild life through needle felting wool.
She first discovered needle felting in the summer of 2012, following her graduation from high school.
At the time of this post, she has been felting less than 2 years, which is remarkable considering her skill and craftsmanship.

Needle Felted Fawn by Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon

Megan was looking for a fun summer project before beginning college…and so it began:

I remembered a miniature cat that I had as a child, and dove into the internet to find out how it was made.
Although my childhood cat was not needle felted, my search for miniature animals led me to the amazing world of felting.

 I was intrigued, and I was determined to learn the craft. I ordered a few essential supplies and taught myself how to needle felt. Over the past year and a half, I have developed my skills through experimentation and tips from fellow felters.”


Needle Felted Donkey by Megan Nedds of The Woolen Wagon[ Liam the Donkey needle felted with Living Felt MC-1  Felting Batts in Café Au Lait, Driftwood, and Espresso Bean ]

“There are so many things I love about felting, it is so different than any other medium I have worked in.
I love that wool is a natural medium. I also love how versatile it is, it very forgiving. If a mistake is made, it can easily be fixed.
I also love how felted animal sculptures can be so interactive; when felted with a wire armature,
they can be posed and positioned, they can become animated.”

Needle Felted Mei Xiang and Rusty by Megan Nedds

Megan’s felted animals look so realistic and animated for several reasons. She felts them over wire armature to make them posable, and she constantly references photographs, diagrams of skeletons, fur patterns and anatomy for the animal she is felting.

“I am inspired by nature, animals, and life. As a children’s book illustration major in school,
I am inspired to create character and personality in my animals.“

In addition to working with wool and needle felting, Megan enjoys drawing and painting and shares
that through school she is working to develop her skills in the more traditional mediums.
She acknowledges that she can apply the techniques she learns in one medium to other mediums, including needle felting.

Needle felted hedgehog by Megan Nedds[ Stanley the Hedgehog: Stanley’s face made with NZ Corriedale Cocoa, and his nose is MC-1 Black Onyx Batt.
His quills are made from the NZ Corriedale Cocoa and MC-1 Espresso Bean Batt ]

We asked Megan to share a particularly challenging project past or present:
“Each project presents its own challenge, but if I had to choose my most challenging project, I would choose Stanley the Hedgehog. The most challenging and time consuming aspect of Stanley was trying to figure out how to create his quills. I wanted them to be thin and distinct, so I had to figure out how to keep the strands of wool from blending together and becoming fuzzy.


To solve this problem, I created each individual quill by hand. I rolled thin strands of wool and applied beeswax to each end of the strand. I then felted each quill to his back, so each strand became two quills. This was very time consuming, but I am happy with the way Stanley turned out.”

What’s next? Megan shares that for her next big challenge, she would like to start creating larger animals, and if she has a “dream project”, it is to needle felt a large and very detailed dragon.

Needle Felted Giraffe by Megan Nedds
Nellie the Giraffe: Hooves are made with MC-1 Espresso Bean batt, and the lighter spots as well as her face are the Clay Batt ]


“I would encourage those who are just getting started in felting to just let yourself experiment. There is no right or wrong way to go about this unique medium, and through experimenting you may find an awesome technique to use in future projects.

 The great thing about felting is that almost nothing is permanent, so you can easily fix your project if something you tried didn’t work out.  

 Needle Felted Fox by Megan Nedds

For those who would like to create felted animals specifically, I recommend thoroughly researching the animal before you begin to felt. It is important to figure out what makes each animal look like that animal. What features make them unique to any other species? Even once the project is started, it is important to always have reference photos near.

Needle Felted Elephant
[ Penelope was made with MC-1 Willow ]

I also suggest seeking out other felters, either in person or through social media. I have found that it is very inspiring to see and talk about different techniques with other felters. Also, as with any other new endeavor, practice makes perfect. I learn something new with every animal I make, and I am constantly adapting and developing my techniques.”

Megan’s etsy shop: The Woolen Wagon

Her facebook page for her felt works: The Woolen Wagon

On this page, she shares works in progress, finished creations, photo shoots of her different animals, and she states she is “happy to share what techniques I used to make each of them”.