A dragon I made for my Mom for Christmas. I used this pattern at 1/2 scale (which made some parts really hard to turn) I’m not so good at following patterns but I think I did ok. The pattern was nicely printed and the directions were easy to follow :)
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I’m posting my needle felting setup, as in identifying the tools i use. Numbered for your confusion:
- Felting Needles- very important. They come in lots of sizes, for a variety of uses. The lower the number, the coarser the needle.
- Fiber- The stuff you’re going to be turning into felt. Wool is the most popular, but synthetic fiber works pretty well
- Felting surface- Basically, something with some give so that your needle doesn’t knock against a hard surface and break. Felting brushes, styrofoam, and large sponges all work very well.
- Sharp Crafting Knife- If you make a mistake while felting,You can usually cut the mistake off and try again. Be careful with sharp knives.
- Scissors- Mostly for the same purpose as 4, but also for trimming loose fibers.
- Rubber Brush- commonly used for removing pet hair, they work just as well for wool, lint, and other hairy substances. Recommended for any household, really.
- Pet Brush/ Slicker brush- if after a while, your unused wool starts to get matted, a slicker brush is very useful for fluffing it back up.You can also use it to brush yarn back into usable felting fiber. Please try to keep separate brushes for wool and for actual pet hair.
- Needle holders- They come in a variety of shapes and can hold anywhere from 1 to..I don’t know? Let’s say 10 needles at a time. The one pictured holds 5, and is more useful for making sheets of felt.
- Wool combs- for blending different colors and types of fiber together. Pictured are actually a pair of onion holders. I’ve used hair-picks as well.
- Regular Sewing Utensils- For sewing things onto your felted creations, as well as maybe sewing them back together. Pins are useful for keeping small bits of fluff in place.
- Broken Felting Needles- Because it will probably happen at some point. you can use the end of it to wedge under attached fiber, and kind of..pull it out.
- Wire- You can make wire armatures and felt around them for pose-able figures. Be careful of hitting the wire with your needle.
- Plastic Bags- REALLY useful for storing your fiber.
- Cutting Mat- If you’re using knives or slicker brushes, you might want to protect the surface you’re working on.
- Felt sheets- Synthetic crafting felt isn’t really advised, but you can felt them onto things as well.
The only things that are absolutely necessary for a pleasant felting experience. are #’s 1, 2, and 3. You can maybe get by without 3, actually. I did for a while. The rest are just things I use pretty often, and might come in handy. Please note that this organized demonstration is not representative of my actual working area, which is chaotic and moves from place to place. There may be more tools that other people use, like glue, and printed fabric, and I hear those work swell!
Feel free to ask me things about needle felting! I’m not an expert, but I should be able to answer most things!
Thanks! This is great info for someone with no clue like me! I actually just ordered my first needle felting stuff yesterday (1,2 & 3) but I see a few things in here that I can pick up that would be really helpful that I hadn’t thought about :)
Finished my very first art book! C:
It’s now available on pre-order at Storenvy.
5.5” x 8.5” Saddle-stitch book
Features 25+ piece of original art made between 2012 to 2013.
The book is 32 pages in total and has 100lb paper stock.
Preorders will last until July 1st, 2013, 12a.m EST.
All preorders will contain a little bonus of something. ^^
p.s. I’ve already placed the order for the books, so official orders will start when the books arrive in a week’s time.
I love artbooks as a way to support artists <3
Hey you can even look at them if the power goes out XD nice bonus!
Please excuse me while I experiment with watermarking.
I used a plastic armature inside this, it’s super bendy and holds poses pretty nicely.