Tutorial – Needle Felted Easter Eggs
In this tutorial we are going to learn needle felting Easter eggs like the above.
For this project you will need:
- Felting needles (36 triangle, 40 triangle, 38 star)
- Special foam (for more resistance)
- 100% sheep wool (I prefer using plain wool batting for the inside of the egg and colorful wool roving for the outside).
- Carder for mixing the wool roving fibers
Roll the wool into a firm egg shape. For that hold the wool tight when rolling.
Use 36 triangle needles for initial deep felting and needle felt the shape until it’s firm and egg-like.
Use the carder to mix the wool roving, otherwise it won’t felt well because of long fibers.
Wrap the egg in the mixed wool roving and start felting. Use 36 triangle needle first.
As the fibers become denser you need to change your 36 triangle needle to 38 star.
Now it’s time to “polish” your egg. What I mean by polishing is to take fine needles (40 triangle) and needle-felt every square millimeter until your surface is smooth and firm.
That’s it, you are done! You now should have a colorful needle felted egg, which you can use as a decoration for your Easter or a gift. I recommend making multiple eggs as they look nice together in a basket.
Tutorial – Needle felted mushroom house – Part 2
This is Part 2 of the tutorial. Part 1 is here.
Take a piece of plain batting and start needle felting adding more wool as needed.
Round the edges as you go. You need to get a circular shape for the cap.
Add more wool in the middle and leave the edges thinner.
Remember to needle felt both sides.
You should get a nice round cap with flat bottom and round top.
After the cap is done, attach it to the stem by needle felting the lose part of the stem tube to it.
Start from the part that is closer to the stem and slowly move outside:
Here is what you should get in after attaching the cap:
Add some colored wool to the top of the mushroom. I’ve mixed some brown and beige and added some dark brown in the center of the cap.
Tip: You can mix colors with a hand carder.
I also felted a brown cylinder and attached it to the top of the cap as an attic.
You can now add detail to the house to decorate it as you wish.
What I’ve done with this one – I’ve added a chimney (you have to make a separate cylinder for this with one lose end for attaching it).
Felted flowers to the walls with some colored wool and back stitching mouline thread.
Also added an attic window using a felt sheet and some smoke coming from the chimney.
Kids love these mushroom houses for imaginative play. It’s a time consuming..
Tutorial – Needle felted mushroom house – Part 1
In this tutorial I will show how to needle felt a mushroom house like the one above.
What you will need for this project:
- Felting needles – 38 star, 36 triangle, 38 triangle
- Felting mat
- A couple of colored felt sheets for decoration (the rug and the windows)
- Mouline thread for stitching
- Bead for door handle
- Plain corriedale wool batting for the base
- Colored merino wool for the top and decoration
Part 1 – Stem
We start by felting the walls of the mushroom stem. Put some wool batting in layers and needle felt it with 36 triangle needles.
Tip: Use multiple needles. You can hold a few needles together. I use a 6 needle holder – it speeds up the process.
Don’t forget to flip the wool all the time while felting. Otherwise it will stick to the mat.
Add layers of wool until you feel that the wall will be thick and firm enough for the house to stand. Mostly needle felt in the middle part and leave the edges loose. We will use the edges to make a stem tube out of the wall, and also attach the mushroom cap.
When you have felted the wall (it needs to be flat from both sides), attach the edges to form a tube:
Needle felt it until you don’t see the seam. You should turn the tube inside-out a few times to do this. You should get a nice tube with smooth walls at the end.
Start closing one end of the tube to form a floor. You can add more wool if you get any holes.
Don’t forget to needle felt the inside part also.