Felting

Needle felting is an exciting craft that can create one of a kind items such as 3D characters, cushions, broaches, jewellery and so much more. This week on Show Me How, Gloria Bastos is joined by Mandy Yearsley of Just Unwind. She introduces us to this versatile and colourful craft. She will teach us various skills such as felting using roving, adding different colours, making different shapes, creating 3D designs and so much more!

Needle Felting Keyring
By Mandy Yearsley
Just Unwind
Tel: 073 155 4809

Requirements

  • White & Pink roving
  • Felting needles and one large sewing needle
  • Foam pad, Heart cookie cutter, Scissors, Keyring Fob
  • Crochet cotton

Follow these steps

  • Step 1: Take some pink roving and place it inside the cutter, it will look like a lot of roving but once you start to work, it is amazing how it compacts.
  • Step 2: Stab the roving all over, remembering to take it out and turn it over so you are working both sides. Once it is holding its shape you can work without the cutter. This is when you can work on the edges. Even if you are working at an angle it is important to keep your needle straight. Keep working over the surface till you are happy that it is firm enough. This is the body of the keyring.
  • Step 3: Felt balls
  • Taking a small piece of roving quickly work it on all sides, use your needle to pull in any stray fibres. It is very important that you turn the roving all the time and work it all over.
  • Step 4: Slowly you will see a ball shape start to form. Continue working until you are happy with the shape and firmness. Once you have finished give the ball a quick roll in the palm of your hand, this will help to smooth the surface.
  • Step 5: Taking some embroidery thread or crochet cotton and a large sewing needle, push the needle up through the centre of the heart and the balls and attach it to a keyring fob. Your keyring is now complete.

Needle Felting 3D Zebra
By Mandy Yearsley
Just Unwind
Tel: 073 155 4809

Requirements

  • White roving
  • Black roving
  • Felting needles
  • Foam pad

Follow these steps

  • Step 1: To start, take quite a large piece of the white roving and gently tease it open. Fold one end over on itself and start to stab the roving, keeping the felting needle upright at all times. Remember to keep pulling the worked piece off your foam pad, and turning it over to work both sides.
  • Step 2: As it begins to get firmer start to roll the roving up. This is going to be the body of the Zebra so you are looking to achieve a firm oblong shape. Once you are happy with the body shape and size set it to one side
  • Step 3: Next we are going to make the head. This is started in a very similar way to the body. Once you feel that the oblong shape that you are working on is thick enough to be the snout of the Zebra start to add more roving to one end of the oblong, building this end up in height and depth to form the back of the head and brow. Set to one side. You now have the body and head of your Zebra.
  • Step 4: To make the legs take small pieces of roving and work it into small sausage shapes. Make one tip of the sausage firmer than the other tip. The softer tip is the end you will attach to the body.
  • Step 5: Make a neck in the same manner, but thicker than the legs and leave both ends quite soft as you need to attach the body at one end and the head to the other end. As the Zebra we are making is more of a caricature, I like to make some parts larger than they should be.
  • Step 6: The ears are made by taking a small piece of roving and folding it over into a rough triangle shape, as we are looking for pointy ears. Once you are happy with the shape decide which is to be the front of the ear and which is to be the back of the ear. With the front of the ear right side up, take your felting needle and stab over and over in the middle of the ear. This will draw the fibres tightly together in the middle and make the ear look more realistic.
  • Step 7: So now that we have made the different body parts for our zebra, it is time to start putting them all together. Before we attach the legs to the body we need to give them some hooves. Wrap some black roving around the firmer tip of each leg and stab it into place. Once you have done this to each leg, decide where you want the legs to be positioned on the body and attach them by stabbing all-round the edge and occasionally straight through the leg into the body of the zebra.
  • Step 8: Attach the head to the neck in the same manner. Once it is firmly in place attach it to the body.
  • Step 9: When attaching the ears, give some thought to the type of expression you would like your zebra to have. Having the ears pointing straight up and quite far apart can give it a startled look, while having one upright and the other flopping forward will give it a cuter look.
  • Step 10: Now it is time to give your zebra stripes. Take some black roving and gently pull off thin strips. Lay these over the top of the body of your zebra and stab them into place. Continue doing this over the body and head until you feel you have enough stripes.
  • Step 11: For the mane take a thin strip of white roving and the same amount of black roving and twist them together. Lay this along the length of your zebra from the top of its head to its bottom. Stab securely into place, leaving the ends free to form a fringe and a tail.
  • Step 12: For the eyes place a tiny amount of black roving where you want an eye and stab it into place shaping it as you stab.

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