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Cute needle felted animal – easy how to

Though I already made some dry and wet felting, I wanted to try making a felted animal, which seems a bit of a more difficult project. But in fact, it is really easy and I am quite pleased with my first one. Here is a step by step process for needle felted mouse.

First, I made a simple wire construction. I used aluminium wire, since it is easy to bend but it is sturdy enough to support the weight of the mouse. As I discovered later, it is best to use a thin wire to avoid breaking the felting needle while poking the wool. I used a 1 mm and 5 mm thick (flat) wire.

Then I put some synthetic batting into the wire construction, to form a belly and a head of the mouse as a base for felting the wool. I could insert the wool into the structure and begin felting instead, but it would take a lot more time.

Next, I applied some wool to the batting and began stabbing at loose wool fibres with a barbed needle. At first I stabbed a bit deeper to make sure that the wool is attaching to the batting, later on I continued to stab more shallowly, slowly sculpting the shapes of the animal.

I felted ears separately and sewn them to the wire construction. The most difficult part is felting hands and legs, because of the underneath wire. To felt those I stabbed the wool at an angle almost parallel to the limbs and proceeded really slow to not break the needle.

After about 4 hours of felting the consistency and shape of the mouse was about right, time for final touches! I applied some white wool roving to the ears, belly and head of the mouse and sewn eyes, mouth and nose.

There were some loose frizzy fibres left that I didn’t like. I tried to press them down with damp towel, but it didn’t work. So I applied a little bit of hair spray to the mouse and gently pressed down the fibres with my fingers. After the spray had dried I simply trimmed the remaining loose fibres with small scissors.  And here is the finished product, voila!

 

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DIY Felted necklaces

Wool can be transformed into felt using needle technique. Here are some ideas how to make necklaces out of wool roving. It may not seem so, but it is really an easy process.

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You will need a special needle, which has small sharp hooks, so when you poke the wool with it, the wool fibres get entangled and slowly get compacted in the desired shape. Besides needle you will need a felting surface, usually a foam pad. The wool is placed on the pad when doing needle felting so there is no danger to poke yourself with very sharp felting needle.

There are many different choices about what kind of wool to use. No worries, just be sure to have the wool that is suitable for needle felting – most of them are. I am using merino wool roving. This is all there is to know to get started.

With some practice and imagination lots of beautiful creations can be done.

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Happy crafting to you all!