Learn the ABCs of Needle Felting

Three FREE Video Tutorials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ABCs of Needle Felting

Of course you can start with any of the workshops but I recommend starting out with the Pixies. It’s fast and fun! Next, advance to the Fairies to build on the skills you’ve learned. Finally, finish the series with Garden Art.  Before you know it you’ll be surrounded with colorful creations that are happy to be ALIVE!

We review the materials and supplies for each project at the beginning of each video. If you need help shopping for your new craft, visit the handy Shopping Guide, HERE!

In this series you’ll learn:

  • Needle Felting Techniques that you will use time and time again as you bring your own ideas to life:
  • Forming and felting basic 3D shapes (without the use of wire armatures)
  • Connecting needle felted parts
  • The simple magic of needle felting faces
  • Blush and shading with wool
  • Needle felting clothes
  • Needle felting hair
  • Working over basic wire armatures
  • Surface decoration and design
  • Best of all – How to have FUN with the wool and let it come to life.

Felt Alive Video Workshop

Needle Felted Pixies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PIXIES

Even if you are brand new to needle felting, it takes no time at all to bring little Pixies to life.   Prepare to fall in love (while giggling out loud) as the wool starts smiling and blushing at you.

2 hour Video Workshop

It’s good to have extra wool on hand in case your Pixie decides to be tall or chubby but for each 3″ Pixie, you’ll need:

  • Various colors of wool batting including 1/4 oz of skin tone for the head and hands and 1/2 oz for the body and cap.
  • Wisps of brown and pink wool batting or roving for eyes, shading and blush.
  • Felting Needle.  40t (Yellow Felt Alive Needle)  You only need one needle but they can break so make sure you have extras.
  • Foam Felting Pad
  • Felting Sticks
  • Sewing Needle (it’s not for sewing 😉
Pixie Ch. 1 – Introduction
Pixie Ch. 3 – The Mouth

Pixie Ch. 5 – The Eyes

Pixie Ch. 7 – The Body

Pixie Ch. 9 – The Arms

Pixie Ch. 2 – The Nose
Pixie Ch. 4 – Sculpting
Pixie Ch. 6 – Shading
Pixie Ch. 8 – Attaching the Head
Pixie Ch. 10 – The Hat

Felt Alive Video Workshop

Finger Puppet Fairies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finger Puppet Fairies are magically fun – they come to life as they flutter about on your fingertips. Along with several techniques you learned making Pixies, you’ll learn the fun of needle felting hair – techniques that you will certainly use time and time again! You will also learn to use prefelted wool – a real time saver and fun, too. Prefelt isn’t required so if you don’t have any, no worries.

Materials & Supplies

2 Hours of Magical Fun to make these sweet little fairies come to life on your fingertips.
Materials & Supplies
1/2 oz Wool Batting – Flesh Color
1/2 oz Wool Batting – Body Color
6″ x 6″ sheet Prefelt
Pink, Brown and White Wool for Details and Shading
Fiber for Hair – Suggestions include yarn, curly wool locks or merino roving.
Felting Needles
Felting Sticks
Felting Pad

Fairies Chapter 1 Introduction
Fairies Chapter 3 Making the Face

Fairies Chapter 5 Making the Body

Fairies Chapter 7 Attaching the Head

Fairies Chapter 9 Sculpting the Head

Fairies Chapter 11 Attaching the Legs

Fairies Chapter 13 Making the Wings

Fairies Chapter 15 Hair – Merino Roving

Fairies Chapter 17 Hair – Yarn

Fairies Chapter 2 Making the Head

Fairies Chapter 4 Making the Ears

Fairies Chapter 6 Making the Arms
Fairies Chapter 8 Attaching the Limbs
Fairies Chapter 10 Finishing
Fairies Chapter 12 Finishing
Fairies Chapter 14 Attaching the Wings
Fairies Chapter 16 Hair – Curls
Fairies Chapter 18 Materials

Felt Alive Video Workshop

Needle Felted Garden Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Art introduces you to the basics of needle felting over simple wire armatures. So gather up some wire – I like 18 gauge aluminum wire. You’ll also get your first introduction to the many uses of core wool batting – plain old un-dyed wool batt that can be used for the core of your projects, saving your colorful wool for the outer layers. You’ll learn some fun surface design techniques too! You are sure to have so much fun if you just let your imagination run wild.
Garden creations come in lots of shapes and sizes so make sure to have plenty of wool on hand.
1 hour Video Workshop

Materials List

  • Wool Batting in a variety of colors
  • Core Wool for the mushroom stems
  • small amounts of white and brown wool
  • 18 gauge aluminum wire

(figure that your worms will take less than .25 oz of wool – mushrooms take a bit more, depending on their size.)

Have Fun!!!

Garden Art Chapter 1 Introduction
Garden Art Chapter 3 The Body

Garden Art Chapter 5 The Mouth

Garden Art Chapter 7 The Stem

Garden Art Chapter 9 Bee Wings

Garden Art Chapter 2 The Armature
Garden Art Chapter 4 The Eyes
Garden Art Chapter 6 Decorating Your Worm
Garden Art Chapter 8 The Cap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closer Look at Materials and Supplies

The materials and supplies for needle felting are quite basic.  Really all you need is some wool, felting needles and a foam pad to work on – that’s it!  Of course, once you start shopping around, you’ll quickly see it’s not quite that simple. The terminology is confusing and most large chain craft stores only carry a small selection of needle felting supplies for embellishing fabric with flat needle felted designs.  Included in this video series is your Handy Shopping Guide. You’ll learn to shop for everything YOU need to bring your needle felted ideas to life.

Wool

Wool is a deep and fuzzy subject. It’s called roving, fleece, felt, batting. batt, etc. It’s confusing! I prefer using the stuff called batting and I show you why in all the videos.
By the time you complete all three videos, you will have a much better understanding of what it is that YOU need to bring your ideas to life.
Learn more about how to find the wool you need in your Handy Shopping Guide.

Felting Needles

Another mystery of needle felting… felting needles come in different sizes and some work better on certain types of wool than others. Some are sturdy for attaching parts, some are very fine for surface design and finishing. And what’s more, they all look exactly alike ????? …I know.
I’ll break it all down in the videos plus you will learn all kinds of tips and tricks for the safe use and care of these sharp, delicate tools.
With the help of your Handy Shopping Guide, learn even more about the felting needles you need to bring your ideas to life.

Needle Felting Pads

Felting needles are long, sharp and travel through wool with ease so it’s a great idea to work on something that can absorb deep needle jabs. Holding your work in your hands is generally a bad idea. Dense foam pads keep your work stable and steady as you work.
In the videos you’ll learn some time-saving tips and tricks working with wool on a foam pad and how to keep your felting pad neat and tidy.
Your Handy Shopping Guide will help you find the felting pads you need!

Other Supplies

    • Felting Sticks – for making tubular shapes. (I use paper lollipop sticks)
    • Sharp darning needle – not for sewing but for pulling, poking and stretching the wool as you sculpt.
    • Embroidery scissors – for the occasional snipping of stray wool fibers.
    • Wool Batting in a variety of colors
    • Pincushion – for keeping your needles safe while you work. (you’ll see my plastic ‘Happy Cup’ pincushion in all the videos.)
    • Armature Wire – 18 gauge aluminum or stainless steel wire works great for most needle felts that require a wire armature inside. You will only need it for making Garden Art in this video series.
    • Core Wool for the mushroom stems
    • small amounts of white and brown wool
    • 18 gauge aluminum wire

Your Handy Shopping Guide also offers tips for wool storage and setting up your needle felting work space.
Except for your imagination, that’s really all it takes to start needle felting!

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