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.

Beautiful Wet Felted and Needle Felted Water Lily

Needle Felted and Wet Felted Water Lily by Kathryn Missildine featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“I needle felted and wet felted this water lily and lily pad one petal at a time and then sewed it together as they were very felted. I felted each stamen and then waxed them for smoothness. During the wet felting I rinsed with lavender oil! “

– Kathryn Missildine, Oregon

Artful and Adventurous Needle Felted Bunny

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This wonderful piece entitled “Rebirth” by Kathleen Dodge DeHaven is artful, adventurous, inviting of contemplation, and somehow…soothing.

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

“I’ve chosen MC-1 Merino-Cross Fast Felting Batts and NZ Corriedale Wool Roving for most of my projects. I’m also very fond of the Core Wool, and it forms the base of many of my projects. And though I still felt mostly by hand with one or two needles, I often use the AddiQuick to smooth spots and to tack down difficult fibers, such as locks.

Needle Felted Bunny by Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

This year, I’m working on more scenic projects, adding mountains, trees, flowers, and sky to animals and everyday objects. Here is the first such project, “Rebirth”, a rabbit with the scenery of the Pacific Northwest. I wanted you to see what I’ve accomplished with excellent fibers, and easy to use and effective tools:

CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 Merino Cross Batts: Blues Studio Pack, Bamboo Spruce, Honeysuckle, Premium Mohair Locks: Emerald Forest, White, Teeswater Locks in Sunshine

NZ Corriedale Wool: Amazon Rainforest, Lima, Natural White

Needle Felting Tools: Felting Needle 38 Spiral, AddiQuick Fast Tool, METAL Felting Needle Tool with 10 Needles, Finger Friends Finger And Thumb Protector Set

Many thanks for all your support to the felting community.”

Sincerely,
Kathleen Dodge-DeHaven, Washington

Colorful Needle Felted Butterflies

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

Marie has been making jumbo butterflies and moths!

This one is needle felted by transferring the design on to a felt square using the Iron On Transfer Pen. Then the wings are cut out and attached to a needle felted body. Wool used is MC-1 Felting Batts in Red Grapefruit, Orange Creme and Buttercup.

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

This is an Elephant Hawk Moth.

The wings were made from wet felted Merino Top in Fuchsia. Detail was added with Dijon, White and Lilac.

The body is core wool with Merino top needle felted on top.

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

This is another fantasy butterfly made like the first shown above. Colors are MC-1 Felting Batts in Midnight, Egyptian and Blue Frost with a bit of Chicory and White.

Would you like to see these as a kit, tutorial download or video? Let us know!

Cute Needle Felted Flower Baby Rattle

Needle Felted Flower Baby Rattle by Mel Morales featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

We love this happy flower made by Mel Morales! As she wants it to be a baby rattle, she shared that she will switch out the glass eyes for ones that are baby safe 🙂

“I used Living Felt’s MC-1 batt in Coral Reef for the petals, and Chickie for the center. I also used 7mm black glass eyes (first time using those…LOVE!) and the 36 Triangle, 38 Star, and 42 Triangle needles from Living Felt…everything worked exactly how I needed it to! I hid a cat toy in the middle to make it jingle 🙂 Thank you for all of your wonderful resources!”

Mel Morales
Nashville, TN

Needle Felted Fairy Garden

Needle Felted Fairy Garden by Kimberly Czar featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“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