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Needle Felted Cat

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.

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Difficulty:  Difficult

Time Required:  6 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Needle Felted Pumpkin

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.  🙂

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Felted Soap

The same friend that taught me to make homemade soap in May taught me to make felted soap a couple of weeks ago.  (This post is way behind!)  Making felted soap is actually super easy and makes a great fun, creative gift.  I didn’t take picture during the process, but there are already some great tutorials on how to do it.  Frugal Kiwi breaks the process up into two parts:  how to wet felt the soap and how to needle felt a design on top.  I used a piece of my friend’s amazing homemade soap, wet felted in a natural off white fiber, then needle felted a cat and ball of yarn on top.  The only real variation from what Fugal Kiwi describes is that we used bubble wrap to create friction rather than a sushi bamboo mat.  I had a great experience.  If you are looking for a new, easy craft, I would definitely recommend making felted soap!

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Difficulty:  Wet Felting-Easy, Needle Felting-Moderate

Time Required:  30 minutes

Overall Experience:  Excellent