I couple of months ago I decided to needle felt our cat. Well not actually stick needles in our cat. I wanted to make a needle felted replica of our cat. I had made a couple of simple needle felted projects, but I really wanted to try to make an animal. I had seen gorgeous projects on Etsy and was dying to try my hand at it. I started with a pipe cleaner frame and just reform added wool fiber until I had the shape and colors I desired. I loved how this turned out! The pictures really tell the story.
Time Required: 6 Movies
Overall Experience: Excellent
I had been wanting to try a technique where one knits an object using 100% wool then washes it to create felt. I found an adorable house slipper pattern and decided my friend needed them for her birthday. I knew that the slippers would shrink during the felting process, but I couldn’t believe how big they were knitting up! They ended up shrinking down to the perfect size. Here they are next to a pair of my Toms pre-felting. Huge, right!?!
The pattern called for straps to simply be sewn on the toes; however, the stitching was quite obvious. I used the needle felting techniques I used for my soap and pumpkin to make the seam nearly invisible.
Lastly, I added vintage-looking buttons. I love them and need to make some for myself!
Time Required: 3 Movies
Overall Experience: Good
I’ve been itching for months to try real free-form needle felting. I got a little taste of it with my felted soap a few months ago. When Etsy sent me an email featuring adorable felted pumpkin starter kits, I knew I had found my first project. I wanted a kit to at least tell me what to do the first time I tried it. If it was a good experience, I could experiment later. I ordered the kit from Emma’s Garden Primitives. It was a wonderful experience! The kit shipped promptly, included everything I needed to make an adorable, palm-sized pumpkin, and included easy to follow instructions. I couldn’t be more pleased! The pumpkin is now friends with my knit cat. 🙂