24 Apr How to Needle Felt – Beginners Tutorial
Meet Lucia. My friend, neighbor, and young craft phenom! She reminds me of myself (but better) at her age. I’d like to believe if I had grown up with the plethora of today’s resources, that I’d have dived in with wild abandon as she does! Lucia takes full advantage of all opportunities to follow her creative heart. Currently, she enjoys painting, needle felting, and creating handmade cards. You can find her selling her wares at craft shows with her Grandma who sells handmade mittens. (Mittens by Mom & Me)
Today Lucia is going to take us through a quick tutorial for creating tiny heart shapes out of wool. These needle felted hearts are a wonderful beginner project because they are easy and quick.
What is Needle Felting
Needle felting is the process of forcing wool fibers together with a special barbed craft needle simply by poking a shape repeatedly to form a solid form. You can create all kinds of three-dimensional objects, such as hearts, flowers, food shapes, birds or animals, etc. They make the cutest gifts and decorations. Besides all that, the process is relaxing and surprisingly therapeutic!
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Watch how to needle felt hearts. (11 minutes)
Put the cookie cutter on the protective pad, sharp side down. Pull off enough wool roving to fill the cutter. Twirl the wool and shape it so you can stuff the cutter with wool.
Using a felting needle, start poking the wool evenly to flatten it until the surface is relatively smooth. Add more wool if necessary. You will feel the felt start to thicken. The longer you needle the wool, the more compact and solid the heart will be. To avoid felting the shape into the pad, lift it up and turn over regularly as you go. Remember to keep your needle at a 90-degree angle to the pad so there is no risk of breaking the needle against the metal cookie cutter.
Once you are happy with the thickness of your shape, remove it from the cookie cutter. Now it’s time to refine the form and clean up any stray wool fibers. Work evenly around the edges, needling and shaping where necessary until you have the heart shape you like.
You can leave the heart just as is, thread it on to the end of a paper clip, attach it to a barrette for your hair or put it on a ribbon to create a beautiful garland. The options are endless.
The needle felting process is transferable to all kinds of shapes. Experiment and enjoy the fun. Please leave any questions you have in the comments below.
Felting needles are very sharp! Be very careful that your fingers don’t get in the way of the needle. Beginners might benefit by using protective finger pads until you get the hang of it. 🙂
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