I've been hyping myself up all week with the idea of trying this medium out and just couldn't wait to try it out! So I headed to my local Hobby Lobby who stocks the basic supplies and spent $30 to start a new hobby:
I got 7 dual color packs, a basic kit to make a flower applique, extra needles (I know the kit comes with them but I figured I'd want more) and some wool yarn to use as base for other projects.
I started with the kit first. It included some white and black wool, 2 needles, a piece of felt with the flower outline to follow, instructions and the foam block.
It started off easy enough, tear a piece of white off, round it in the general shape of one of the center dots and get to poking!!
Alright, all the dots are...well, sort of done. I know I could use some more wool on a few of those guys, but hey! I want to do the other color!
I got out the black and got to poking it in, around the white dots.
I figured it would happen with my being so naturally accident prone, working with such sharp needles with sorts of barbs, I poked my finger clear through on the edge!! Thankfully, it didn't hurt too much and I didn't get any blood on the felt....w00t??
This is about as far as I got before getting bored with such a 2-D surface project... I had been seeing pictures of people doing animals!! I was inspired by this tutorial:
|Tutorial for making these can be found here.|
I started off with the dark purple I got and tried making a ball, but it was more of a button...it flattened out when I poked it enough. that's ok though, makes it easier I guess for my first try!
I got one ear made and attached...
I made the 2nd ear and decided to try putting an accent color on the inside...
I got the ears attached and got a mouth on him....
And there you have it! My first attempt(s) at needle felting!! What do you guys think?? I definitely need to work on this to get better and gt a sort of method down, but I kinda like the little guy!!
Have you guys tried needle felting before?? Anyone have any hints or tips to give?
Craft ya laters!!