Needle Felted Chickadees with Their Nest

Needle Felted Chickadees by Danielle Sadowski on
What a precious and artful needle felted scene crafted by Danielle Sadowski!

” I created their little habitat using driftwood and craft moss (If you look close, you can also see the two little mushrooms I added in the back!). I love how the whole scene came out, and I hope you enjoy it too!”

– Danielle Sadowski, North Andover, Massachusetts

Used: LF Core Wool, MC-1 Earth Tones, NZ Black, NZ Light

Realistic Needle Felted Birds

Laurie-Paulik realistic needle felted birds on

Laurie Paulik of Colorado shared some of her wonderfully realistic needle felted birds with us, and also shared some of her techniques for making the bird legs, feet and eyes.

“These are just a few of the birds I have made. I am a long-time birder, as are many of my friends to whom I give the birds as gifts. Because of my appreciation for the birds I see in the wild, I like to make my creations as realistic as possible.

The hardest part of making the birds, after getting the shape right, is to make the legs! My auto-mechanic brother-in-law figured out how to twist 4 wires together evenly, using a clamp at one end and a small hand drill (with the 4 wires inserted instead of a drill bit) at the other. This technique allows you to make legs of almost any length and to use the ends to bend as wanted into the 4 claws. The 4 strands are either floral wire or other types of wire. Learning how best to make all parts of the birds (bodies, tails, wings, eyes, beaks, legs, etc.) and attach them was certainly challenging.

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Needle Felted Dickcissel

Materials used include: wool roving, brown floral stem wire or other wire (mostly 22 gauge), spray paint (if I need legs other than brown ones), black beads or glass eyes, Sculpey III clay polymer for some of the beaks, toothpicks inserted into clay before baking( so I can stick other end into bird head to attach beak, Fray Check (to stop the fraying of the cloth covered floral wire at the tips of the bird’s toes), E6000 glue to attach legs, X-Acto knife for making holes for bird legs or for glass eyes, and thread if I am using beads for eyes rather than glass eyes.”


Thanks to Laurie for sharing her methods!


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

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

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Brilliant and Life-like Felted Birds by Patty Gibson

You might recall that not too long ago we shared a lovely
humming bird needle felted by Patty Gibson of DeLand, Florida.

She shared it after learning the basics from our free needle felting a humming bird tutorial.

Well now she is up to some amazing felting…both wet felting,
and needle felting with projects like these gorgeous and life-like birds!

“I started needle felting this past November with a little bear kit that I purchased from Living Felt.  Before that, I had not heard of needle felting until I came across Marie’s YouTube. When I looked at Marie’s video I quickly ordered, received, and then made my first bear from her wonderful kit.  After that, I was completely sold on the art.

I made small bears for my three grown daughters and for my elderly mother and I gave them as Christmas gifts.  I started needle felting birds after my husband and I received a wildlife camera for Christmas which we positioned on our backyard birth bath.  We were astounded by the tremendous activity and happiness that birds display at bath time.

 Here are just few examples of the many bird pictures we captured.

Seeing birds in their natural setting at a distance of 3 feet – splashing, swimming, flying,
and singing is what gave me the inspiration to needle felt them.

   I use core wool to form the bird body and apply color with MC-1 on top.   Unsure exactly how to make bird feet, I came up with an idea to use jewelry wire, floral tape and fingernail polish.  I started with forming the feet with the wire, covering the wire with floral tape, and then painting the tape-covered wire with black and grey fingernail polish – and it happened “bird feet”.  

To attach the feet to the bird body, I apply a small amount of glue to the end of the wire and wrap MC-1 around the top, then needle felt the legs to the body.   My confidence was reinforced about 6 weeks ago after placing several of the needle felted birds in our family room arched window when a tufted titmouse flew to the outside window right next to the felted titmouse as if to say,
“Hey, what are you doing in there?”

We think these birds are just brilliant! I wonder what would happen if Patty got a Jungle Camera? hmmmm–

Watch for more photos from Patty on facebook where she is a frequent poster!

needle felted bird by Jennifer Field

Artistic Felted Expressions of Life

Jennifer Field is truly an artist of many talents, but she first caught our eye with one of her incredible needle felted roosters.
This Custom Felted Belgium Quail D’Anvers Bantam Rooster was both needle and wet felted.

It was a commission piece for a beloved rooster that had to be given away.

Jennifer shares, “Years ago I raised exotic chickens and I have been drawing, painting
and making glass chickens for 15+ years.  

I used Living Felt’s gorgeous Merino cross felting batts with amazing results.
They have just enough variation of color and felt beautifully.”


“I start by wet felting a core and making a variety of wet  felted sheets that will be cut and felted more to become feathers. I build the form and attach the feathers with needle felting. I forge the legs out of one piece of copper and make glass eyes for my smaller birds. I don’t use any glue to assemble, preferring to needle felt my pieces until they are very firm and sturdy.”

needle felted bird by Jennifer Field

Jennifer has been an artist her “whole life” using whatever materials and mediums available at the time. She received a degree in Illustration almost 30 years ago and worked as a toy and fabric designer.
She has been making jewelry for the over 25 years and glass beads for more than 20 years.

“I have always been fascinated by felt, at first sewing felt soft sculptures, then knitting and felting/fulling bags, but I only started making felt [around 2010]  when I took a workshop with a dear old friend from my glass bead making world, Gail Crosman Moore. She exposed me to wet felting and embellishing techniques. Having a background in sculpture I was drawn to the medium for making larger pieces. I started needle felting and hit the ground running. “

“I love the idea of making something from nothing. I love the process, the smell of the olive oil soap I use, and watching the fibers come together.
It is also a great break from making beads and metal work which requires fire and kilns and toxic materials.”

“I have always found birds to be appealing subject matter. I translated a series of glass bead birds I made into felted birds and chickens. So many beautiful varieties and colors. I have also found so many beautiful varieties and colors of fleece that have further inspired me. I am also passionate about gardening and flowers and like to create them with a combination of glass, felt and enameled copper.”

“I love to expose people to these wonderful mediums that have changed my life. My advice to people new to felting is to keep at it and push the medium. Watch lots of videos, read lots of books and then find what works for you.
I feel like I’m only just beginning!”

Jennifer teaches teach felt sculpture and glass bead making at a wonderful art center,where she also maintains a studio, in South-Western Maine 

You can also see more of her work on her facebook page
or visit her at

Needle Felted birds on christmas tree

Merry Felted Christmas!

Needle Felted birds on christmas tree

The first thing Pat Siemer ever needle felted was a Cardinal.
After she discovered her love of felting, she decided to needle felt birds from her neighborhood, what a lovely idea!

“Living felt is the best [wool] that I have used.
I love it because it is so clean and fluffy. It is easy to work with and comes in an outstanding variety of colors.”

Thank you for the kind words and especially for sharing your wonderful felted birds with us, Pat!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to Everyone!