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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Needle Felting Fun

My mom recently picked up a needle felting kit for this cute chickadee ornament when she was on vacation this summer. Neither of us had done needle felting before, so it was a fun introduction to a new crafting technique. I unfortunately didn't take any photos of the process of making this ornament, but if you're looking for a helpful tutorial to get you started with needle felting, I'd recommend this video.

The kit for the ornament I made is by "Wool Pets." You can find their kits for sale on Etsy here.

While I somewhat expected it, I was a bit surprised by how much of an art form needle felting really is. It appears that you are just poking a bit of wool roving over and over again with a needle, but it's not quite as easy as it looks. It is a very sculptural technique and you have to be constantly thinking about all dimensions of the form you are creating. It was a fun challenge and it was neat to see the fruits of my labor turn into a cute little ornament.

Here's a bit of needle felting inspiration that I'm loving right now from some Etsy crafters:

Christmas Mouse by feltingdreams on Etsy

Polar Bear Ornament by calicofarmchick on Etsy

Barry the Snowman by WhimsicalWoolies on Etsy

1 comment:

  1. Soooo sweet, Rebekah!
    I love the Black Capped Chickadees that come to visit my forested backyard, here in Southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Birds are my favourite animal, and the Black Capped Chickadee is my favourite bird. So, it's nice to see this one on your blog. I can imagine it WOULD take an creative eye and special touch, to make such a freeform object. ;) Your chickadee is adorable.


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