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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 13th March 2010, 4:24 pm

I've just discovered Needle Felting
Never heard of it before but was looking online for nice wools, to knit more hats with, that are suitable for felting and saw needle felting mentioned so went and had a looksee and it looks like a really fab thing to do to make decorations for my forthcoming hat making cottage industry as well as other things. Have ordered some needles to have a go and then I will see what I can come up with.

Here's how to do it


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Post by Luath on 13th March 2010, 4:41 pm

Mind your fingers......................those needles have vicious barbs.

Ask me how I know LOL

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 13th March 2010, 4:52 pm

I will be careful Very Happy

It looks great fun though and fast results, which is great for an impatient person like me
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Post by MrsC on 13th March 2010, 7:38 pm

I saw that being done at a show a few years back Jelly and it did indeed look good. Make sure you let us know how you get along.

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Post by Akuma on 14th March 2010, 7:53 pm

I'm more of a wet felting sort of girl, needle felting hurts too much!! Razz

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 15th March 2010, 6:02 pm

Okey dokey
Got my needles, got some roving and had a go at a flower. Not quite as easy as it looked but and it's a bit wonky but great fun






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Post by Compostwoman on 15th March 2010, 7:32 pm

Those look really nice JellyB!

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Post by Aberlemno on 15th March 2010, 7:37 pm

It's great fun - I saw it done at a Craft Fair and was hooked. My eldest daughter asked for felting needles after she'd had a go with mine, but I agree with Luath about the ouch factor!

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Post by MrsC on 16th March 2010, 8:44 am

They look really good as a first attempt Jelly - any chance of a post about how it's done at some point? (When you have time of course!)

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Post by Wigan Pixie on 5th January 2011, 11:45 pm

I had a go at needle felting many years ago and made Eddie

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Post by NaturallySimple on 24th February 2011, 5:15 pm

While I knit and crochet for practical reasons, if I really want to be creative I enjoy needlefelting. I've actually discovered a pretty practical use for that as well in making playscapes for the kiddies on my gift list. I just wondered if anyone else was into it? I love to run across new ideas.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 24th February 2011, 6:14 pm

Christmas tree decorations is usually the extent of our needlefelt. Lots of fun though! As a matter of fact, I ran across this forum while looking for felt project last year, lol.
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Post by Compostwoman on 24th February 2011, 7:05 pm

Waves Very Happy

I like making all sorts of stuff, flowers, leaves, and sew them on to things or turn them into broches.

I like ordinary hand (wet) felting as well...

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 25th February 2011, 8:44 am

I've done a little bit too, flowers to sew on to things - well that's the plan eventually, am building up a little stack of flowers waiting to adorn something
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Post by boobiejuicemama on 19th March 2011, 1:15 pm

OH I should find the photos of my baby blocks, as I needle felted the decorations on them, and I found it a really fun, creative activity (although a bit time consuming)
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Post by Adrian on 26th June 2011, 11:58 am

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Soooooo want to learn how to do this, so very much aware that I never will have time to learn another craft..

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Post by Aberlemno on 26th June 2011, 12:13 pm

I've done bits of needlefelting - just flat one-dimensional things - but I did enjoy it and would love to do more. You have to watch your fingers though as the damned stabber REALLY hurts if you miss the felt and get your pinky instead!

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Post by chickenofthewoods on 26th June 2011, 12:33 pm

If you liked that, wait till you see this wonderful lady's work

http://www.kealwork.co.uk/Barbara/feltworks.php

And this is her equally talented husband's site.

http://www.kealwork.co.uk/Richard/index.php

We usually see them at the Bentley Woodfair (Sept).

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 27th June 2011, 8:17 am

I've done a bit of flat needle felting, flowers mainly

I've tried to make some balls as a practice for making something 3D It's not too difficult for basic stuff, just be careful of fingers and make sure your foam block is on a tray or something firm and not just on your lap Shocked
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Post by MrsC on 30th June 2011, 1:26 pm

Badger - that's so cute!!!

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If you haven't tried needle felting yet, you'll be amazed by how simple it is. All you need is a felting needle (with barbs at the end), a foam pad, and some raw wool. The way it works is that the barbs on the needle get caught on the fibers and pull them together in a mass, sort of like dreadlocks. I recommend starting with simple shapes first, but once you get the hang of it, this tutorial is pretty straightforward. The most important part is finding the proper plastic backing so that when you store your needles in the pincushion, they don't go all the way through the doll.



Materials

Bottle cap, jar lid, or hard plastic material for backing
Raw wool in several different colors for the main body and embellishments
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Step 1: To make the pincushion, you'll need some sort of backing so that the pins don't go all the way through the doll. I used a trimmed bottle cap for the head, and cut out some thick plastic from a disposable plastic container for the body. Try to find an object that's rather flat, because backing that's too thick or wide could distort your doll.





Step 2: Roll your wool into a ball for the head.

Step 3: Keep piercing the ball with your felting needle in order to obtain a round shape for the head.



Step 4: Place the bottle cap or plastic cut-out underneath your ball.



Step 5: With a new piece of wool, create a flat shape by piercing the wool with your felting needle. Be sure to work the material quite a bit, as you won't be able to poke it much once it's attached behind the backing.



Step 6: Place the bottle cap with ball on top of the flat shape.



Step 7: Puncture on all sides. The more you puncture the wool, the more dense the felt will get. Leave the neck fairly un-worked so that you can later attach the head to the body.



Step 8: Now create another larger flat piece for the back of the body, much like you did with the head. Attach this piece to the back of the body like you did with the head, and pierce it on all sides. Like the head, it's best to really work the material before attaching it so that it stays in one piece once it's attached.



Step 9: Attach the head to the body by stabbing through the neck. Be sure that it's securely fastened. (Again, the more you poke the wool, the denser and stronger it becomes.)



Step 10: Now start making the limbs. Create each appendage by rolling the felt into a tube shape, and then puncturing it on all sides.



Step 11: Work the ends of the arms and legs by rounding, or shaping, as desired. Leave the end to be attached to the body fairly un-worked, so that attaching limbs to the body is easier.



Step 12: Attach all limbs to the doll.



Step 13: Now you can start adding embellishments to the doll. To create a heart, start by rolling a piece of red wool in your hands. The moisture from your hands will help start the felting process.



Step 14: Attach the heart by shaping it on the doll.



Step 15: Fill in the heart with more red wool.



Step 16: Now sew X's where the eyes should be. Feel free to sew more embellishments where you'd like to see them. Be creative!

Step 17: Enjoy your new pincushion voodoo doll in all its glory!

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 18th January 2012, 11:45 am

Very Happy love it

Must get my needle felting on the go again....along with everything else! Rolling Eyes
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 18th January 2012, 1:21 pm

plus you need a lock of hair from your intended victim

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Post by freebird on 18th January 2012, 1:36 pm

Is it just me that can't see the pictures? Just little white boxes with a red x in.
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Post by Adrian on 18th January 2012, 1:39 pm

bugger headbang

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