A video tutorial on needle felting an owl.
The purpose of this post is to save time and money for beginner needle felting artisans. Here I maintain a list of tools and materials I use.
Here is another video tutorial on how to make a swallow bird.
I recently felted a little swallow bird. She is about 6″ high.
Here is a link to a video tutorial that shows the creation process.
I am so excited to post my first video tutorial on YouTube today! Thanks to my lovely hubby for the music for the video.
Please provide feedback so that I can make consequent tutorials better.
Here’s a group photo of our small needle felted wood creatures.
Hi there! I’m a little (7″) hedgehog, made all from natural wool felt. Do you like my new sweater?
Waldorf doll. She also has a little peg doll in her purse.
15″ Waldorf doll. The doll dress is made with hand-died fabric.
Needle felted bunny toy, about 7″ high.
15″ Waldorf doll.
The dolls are 15″. The red hair is made from mohair yarn.
Here is some doll bedding with a quilted blanket.
I am announcing a workshop on making Waldorf cuddle dolls from cotton velour fabric. These make great toys for small children – they are soft and durable, and feel great to touch because of the natural materials and warmness of wool inside.
All materials and tools are provided.
Both individual and group classes are available.
Individual classes – $50 / 2 hour lesson
Group classes – $35 / 2 hour lesson
Typically 4-5 lessons are required to learn making this kind of dolls.
Classes can be held either in North York (Bathurst & Finch) or Richmond Hill (Yonge & Elgin Mills).
Please contact me if you are interested.
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.
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..
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.
Just finished making this Waldorf doll. She’s about 20″ high.
Learn to create Valentines from wool with Lena
Evenings, February 1-7.
Learn to make Valentines from natural wool felt. All materials and tools are provided. Just come and enjoy the pure warmness of the colorful craft. You will learn about needle felting and take a wonderful gift or decoration home with you. Beginners and children 7+ are welcome too!
Workshop fee: $35 (for 2 hours)
Workshops take place at 14 Oxford St., Unit 201-D, Richmond Hill (Yonge & Elgin Mills).
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org before coming.
Needle felted hedgehog, about 6″ long.