Are you craving a bit of spring cuteness? I bring you some today from the adorable:
Anyone can make cute and cuddly creatures from a handful of fluff and a barbed needle!
Needle felting is a new craft and is gaining in
popularity. There are only a few books written on the subject and most
of those focus on 'flat' needle felting on a surface. This book is
about sculptural needle felting--creating 3-D animals and figures using
the felting needle to sculpt wool.
This book shows the techniques and describes how the felting needle works with wool fiber to create felt, while explaining the differences between this art form and other forms of felting. You will learn how to hold the needle, what sort of materials to use, and why.
There are 20 complete projects including various birds, bugs, four-legged animals, and people--each one unique and irresistible! Laurie also shows the reader ways to display their felted creations as mobiles, ornaments, or arranged in shadow boxes.
Laurie Sharp is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 5 years. She raises her own sheep, shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. She has been featured on HGTV’s 'That’s Clever'. View her web site: www.woolpets.com. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp. Kevin is a professional photographer, and provides both beauty and how-to photography for this book. His work can be viewed on www.sharpphotography.com.
The birds are chirping away, not these, but they are so cute!
Click on the images to enlarge and read how to needle felt a bird with roving.
Here are some variations you can make simply by changing the color of the roving.
OK, so you got some birds, you want some needle felted eggs. Pop on over to Laurie's Blog for another complete tutorial on how to needle and wet felt an egg. The photos are so cute, she shoots them with this little guy demoing for you!
What tool or "thing" do you wish you had in your crafting arsenal?
I am afraid my answer to that question is, space. I do just about every craft there is. I wish I had a space to devote to each one so that I didn't have to clean up after each project. Although I must admit often times the random stuff that is pushed aside from the previous project often get incorporated into the next. There is a happy kind of collaborating and "cross breading" in my crafting that I really like. So I am rolling with it.
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