Friday, October 30, 2015

A Tiny Needle Felted Owl


He sits in my kitchen window, hiding behind this pumpkin, and watches me do the dishes, he never offers to help!




Sunday, October 25, 2015

My First Needle Felting Projects!

I started needle felting last year and fell in love because I think that it is a fairly easy craft to do. You can make really fun and cute little tchotchkes for your house or as gifts with minimal cost and skill. It is also an easy project to set down and come back to later, which is good for me since my munchkins don't give me much time to craft! So these are my first efforts, I was very proud of them!

First thing I made was this tiny bunny. Not mad for a first try! I would do things differently now but I like her! I also made this pumpkin using some orange roving I had. I used polyfill (like for stuffing pillows and stuffed animals) for the core because I did not have much on hand. I just wadded a ball together, tied string around it to help it keep it's shape and then needle felted as you normally would. A lot of people don't like using poly fill because it is not natural but if you are just starting out, or don't have a lot of money to spend on crafting, I will give you a free pass on polyfill! Then I wrapped the roving vertically all around and I only needle felted the top and bottom. I didn't really know what I was doing and it is very squishy, not firm at all, but again, I like it!




Next, I made these teeny winter friends. I really like making small creations such as these because you can really stretch your stash a long way! I also do not have much room right now for displaying my "friends" as my husband calls them (makes me sound pathetic haha, oh well!) so this size is perfect for me now.

I made this cute little snowman with a scarf and a green hat with a red heart on it!


And this little penguin! I have to go back and fix him, his head is about to fall off!


Hope you enjoyed seeing my very first needle felting projects!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Online Forums and Collabs for Joining the Virtual Needle Felting Community

If you are new to needle felting, or even if you are now a seasoned pro, you should think about joining any one, or more, of these online forums dedicated to the art of needle felting! Its a great way to sharpen your skills and get inspired by other like-minded artists!

Message Boards

http://www.feltingforum.com/

http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=199.0


Facebook Groups

Needle Felting 101
https://www.facebook.com/groups/449037228613022/

Needle Felted Paintings
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Needlefeltedpaintingsgroup/

Needle Felting WIP (works in progress) Pictures
https://www.facebook.com/groups/needlefeltingwiptutorialsvideo/?fref=nf


Other Online Groups

Needle Felting Sub-Reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/needlefelting

Yahoo
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/artfelts/info

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/fun_2_felt/info


If you know of any other good places to connect, please let me know in the comments!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Favorite Youtube Tutorials

Here is a quick list of my favorite YouTube Channels that offer needle felting tutorials.

Sarafina Fiber Art - My favorite needle felt artist! I love her work! Her YouTube channel is awesome and you can learn a lot. Its great for beginner to advanced needle felters.

Felted Sky Studios - Very lovely nature-inspired creations.

Gypsy Felting - From the basics to advanced tutorials.

Living Felt - Mostly flat felting tutorials.

Felt Alive - How to felt people

Fluff-a-Torium -  She doesn't have too many videos yet but I love this channel! Mostly wet felting.

Maqaroon - She is great! She does cute kawaii style animals.

Flying Mio - More kawaii. She does tutorials for some of the kits you can buy on Etsy.

Kawaii Felting - She is new to the YouTube scene, but her cute creations are super easy to duplicate, awesome for beginners.

Pufftique - Very cute little creations that are easy to do yourself.


That should keep you busy for awhile! Please let me know of any good ones to add to the list!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Learn Needle Felting Basics - My Favorite Beginner Tutorials

Here is a list of my favorite beginner tutorials for those looking to get started in needle felt, or at least wanting to know what it is all about.

Needled Felted Sculpture Tutorials:

This is about the best, in-depth into I have come across!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51271.0

Basic Needle Felting Terminology:
https://flippityfelts.wordpress.com/needle-felting-for-beginners/felting-terminology/

This is a super simple 4 minute overview that quickly shows the very basics:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU6tihDWHhQ

Here is a very basic tutorial for the beginner:
http://www.lilblueboo.com/2012/02/basic-needle-felting-a-tutorial.html

This site contains many great techniques for making needle felted animals:
http://www.chushka.com/felting_tips.html#fluffy

A small compilation of basic tutorials:
http://thesilverpenny.homestead.com/freeprojectneedlefelting.html

A few intro videos:
http://www.hawthornhandmade.com/needle-felting-tutorials-2/

Here are some more advanced tutorials:
http://needle-felting.deviantart.com/gallery/26595740/Tutorials


Wet Felting Tutorials

This is an awesome beginner wet felting lesson:
http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/fundamentals-of-wet-felting--cms-20738

An intro lesson:
http://rosiepink.typepad.co.uk/rosiepink/tutorial-wet-felt-making-for-beginners.html

There are no photos here, but its a good basic lesson:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/home/wet-felting-and-nuno-felting.html

Here is an in-depth lesson on wet felting:
https://sarastexturecrafts.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/tutorial-a-guide-to-basic-wet-felt-making/


If you know of any other great resources, please leave a comment so I can add them to the list! Thanks!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello there!

Hello! Welcome to my little blog about needle felting! My name is Katie and I am relatively new to creating needle felted toys but I just love it, and feel like this is a crafty thing that I am actually good at! I have a lot to learn but I want to share my creations with you along the way. I love to make 3D animals the most. I am also a homeschooling mom to three munchkins! Thank you for stopping by!