Category Archives: Needle Felting

Can’t. Stop. Needle Felting!

So since I started, the stabby needle and I have been quite busy together. Here’s a few of the resulting creations:

There have been macarons – a few of them went to my fellow Craft Camp antendees, but these two have so far stayed with me:
Felt Macarons
Inspired by Cinti, who makes lots of these yummies. I found a tutorial here, if you’d like to give them a try too 🙂

And there’s this sweet terrarium:
Felt Terrarium 01

I couldn’t get a decent pic of it inside the jar, so here’s a better one:
Felt Terrarium 02
The kit for making this comes from Holly at Two Cheese Please. Totally love it – this is my favourite thing I’ve made to date.

Then there was the tutorial I found and just could not resist:
Angry Bird 01

My pig is a little different… not sure I’m 100% happy with it, it’s kind of more cute than menacing!
Angry Bird Pig

Niamh got right into the action, helping with both the photo-styling and the actual-bird-flinging.:
Angry Bird 02

Angry bird had to be rescued before too long. Needle felted toys don’t really hold up to much rough play! Niamh was sad until she realised she could use the slingshot to fling any small toy around. Plus, I made her a ladybug:

Ladybug Brooch

And then we had to have a final photo-session with everything in:
Needle Felting

What’s next? Not sure, but I’ve been busy pinning a whole lot of amazing inspirational images over at Pinterest – here’s the link to my Needle Felting Love board, if you’re interested. Wow!

What a Hottie!

Along my way, I’ve tried a craft or two. Or thirty. I’ve origamied, macraméd, quilled, decoupaged, tie-dyed, beaded, book-bound, crocheted, knitted, sewed, quilted, hardangered and cross-stitched my way through life. But until recently, I had never dabbled in the waters of needle-felting. I had made a plan and a purchase though, because the temptation was there. But it took a recent callout from Ms CurlyPops to join the cause over at Open Drawer, to get my itchy stabby fingers moving 🙂

The challenge was to create a hot water bottle cover using whatever textile medium/s took our fancy. For warm and cozy, I thought, what better than some snuggly felt? I set about using a long hoarded piece of nubby green fulled jumper to create my cover. I then got busy with a needle and some roving to add the accents. I pieced the lot together (my sewing machine did not enjoy this part of the process, and shortly afterwards needed a restorative trip to the mechanic), and then foolishly decided I didn’t like the exposed seams, and that a good idea would be to create a faux ‘binding’ with more roving and a whole lot more stabbing. Several long hours later, I wished I had left probably-well-enough alone! But the end result was just what I wanted:

Hottie Cover - Front
Hottie Cover challenge, Open Drawer, 2011. Front.

Hottie Cover - Back
Hottie Cover challenge, Open Drawer, 2011. Back.

Barely squeaking in under the deadline, I delivered my hottie to Cam, who in turn delivered a whole lot of them to Open Drawer, where the crafty glitterati (!) congregated a few days later for the opening night excitement. I took the whole family, and we made several donations towards ‘best in show’ (but not one of my children voted for mine, I’ll have you know! Traitors!) I didn’t win, but my cover did sell (to somebody not my mother!), so I’m pleased to have played a small part in raising some funds for an excellent cause.

My itchy-stabby-fingers weren’t sated though! Coming soon – what happened once those felting floodgates were opened…