LEARN TO NEEDLE FELT
CRY BABY BEAR WITH
ARTIST SARAH-JANE WALLER Materials Needed:
; One Basic Needle Felting Kit
; Large Foam Pad
- Special needle felting pads can be purchased, however many needle
felters use polystyrene blocks, upholstery foam or compressed foam
; One Cream/White Coloured Felting Wool ; One Brown Coloured Felting Wool ; Felting Needle (Recommend 38 Blue) ; Chopping Board Or Hard Plastic Tray ; Pair Glass Bear Eyes, Wired Eyes, or Black Seed Beads
; Regular Sewing Needle
; Pair of Scissors
; Brown Felt Tip Pen
; Pin Ribbon (2mm Width)
; Piece Of Cotton, Silk or Organza ; Glue Gun
; Glue Stick
; Miniature Basket
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From The Instructor
The term felting is used to describe the matting and entangling of loose fibers, meshing them together to create a firm form. This tutorial is a basic form of felting. It should take around an hour to an hour and a half, depending on your skill level to complete a bear this size.
A couple of warnings - THE NEEDLE IS VERY SHARP - so please take care while working with
it. Don't rush! Take your time. The process of holding and using a felting needle is very different to using a sewing needle. You will need to punch the needle all the way through the fibers and pull back up to mesh the wool. This is why you need the foam padding to work upon while punching the fibers.
1. Prepare your work surface, take out your block or plastic tray, your foam pad, barbed needle and a hand full of white/cream wool. Enlarge picture showing how to begin
2. Roll the cream/white wool into a ball. Squeeze the wool into a tight ball, about 2" round before you begin punching.
Enlarge picture showing size of wool to begin with
3. Place the ball of wool on the foam.
Enlarge picture showing placement of wool on foam
4. Take your felting needle and start punching at the ball of wool. Begin punching the needle through the layers of fibers.
Enlarge picture showing steps to begin punching
5. Work on a small area at a time, keep punching and turning to form a solid ball. Holding the needle in one hand, the ball of wool on the foam pad with the other hand. Remember to continue to turn the wool, otherwise you will find it goes flat.
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6. Repeatedly work over the whole area until the layers are completely meshed together.
Enlarge picture showing the wool meshing
7. As you continue punching, you will see a tight ball forming. Enlarge picture showing the ball forming
8. The ball forming after punching and turning the wool. Enlarge picture showing formed ball
9. As you punch at the wool, it folds and entangles the loose wool fibers, meshing them together to create a firm ball.
Enlarge picture showing the meshing of the fibers
10. When you have a tight ball, about one (1) inch in diameter, you will need to begin shaping the nose. Take a small amount of wool and form a ball on top of the original ball. This will be the nose.
Enlarge picture showing when to start the nose
11. Hold the back of the ball and begin punching at the small ball of wool.
Enlarge picture to showing how to hold the ball to form the nose
12. A different view on how to continue punching.
Enlarge picture showing a different view of forming the nose
13. Keep punching the small wool ball into the larger ball, until you have a arc shape.
Enlarge picture showing the small arc forming
14. Another angle of the arc shape forming.
Enlarge picture showing the another image of the small arc forming
15. The bump on the end of the nose completed
Enlarge picture showing the the small bump on the end of the nose
16. Next you will punch the eye indentations where you will place the glass eyes. Do this by punching several times into the same place on the ball of wool to compress the wool into indentations.
Enlarge picture to showing how to create the eye indentations
17. When you are finished punching the eye area, you should be able to see eye indentations on either side of the nose.
Enlarge picture showing frontal view of the finished eye sockets
18. Another view of the eye indentations on either side of the nose. Enlarge picture showing frontal view of the finished eye sockets
19. Next comes the legs. Take a small amount of wool. Enlarge picture showing wool to make legs
20. Working length ways begin punching, then turn, punch, and continue. You are working to create a sausage shaped piece. Enlarge picture showing how to create the legs
21. Keep turning and punching along the sausage shape. Enlarge picture showing how the legs are beginning to form
22. The final oblong punched piece
Enlarge picture showing the oblong piece that will be the legs
23. Check for firmness of the fibers, you want to make sure its feels solid
Enlarge picture showing the finished piece for the legs
24. Your finished shape should be around 2" long x ?" wide. Set aside for now.
Enlarge picture showing size of the finished piece
25. Now take a bit of wool again. This time you will be repeating basically the same steps as before for the leg piece but with a little less fibers. This
oblong piece will be for the arms.
Enlarge picture showing how to create the arm piece
26. Working length ways, begin punching, then turn, punch, and continue. You are working to create another oblong shaped piece as instructed previously.
Enlarge picture showing the punching technique
27. Continue punching and turning, working from the left to the right to create the oblong shape.
Enlarge picture showing the oblong piece starting to form
28. Your finished shape should be approximately 1?" long x ?" wide.
Enlarge picture showing size of the finished piece
29. Completed oblong piece that will be the arms.
Enlarge picture showing the oblong piece
30. Take this second oblong piece; this is the shorter of the two oblong pieces you just made. Take your scissors and cut this piece exactly in half. Enlarge picture showing where to cut the shorter oblong piece
31. You should now have two separate pieces that will make the arms.
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32. Take your needle and carefully punch the ends to seal the cut area.
Enlarge picture showing where to seal the ends
33. Now retrieve the longer oblong piece.
Enlarge picture showing the first oblong piece
34. Take this first oblong piece that you set aside; this is the longer of the two pieces you just made. Take your scissors and cut this piece exactly in
Enlarge picture showing where to cut the longer oblong piece
35. You should now have two separate pieces that will make the legs.
Enlarge picture showing two leg pieces
36. You should now have two arms and two legs.
Enlarge picture showing two leg pieces and two arm pieces
37. Now you have needle felted five pieces. A head, two arm pieces, and two leg pieces.
Enlarge picture showing the five pieces you have created
38. Next comes the body of the bear. Take a good handful of wool fibers.
Enlarge picture showing wool needed for the body