Monday, July 21, 2014

Tiger Tiger's Needle Felting in Public: Introduction

Belleza's Needle Felted Flower Center

Since I plan to needle felt the small version of Leigh Designs' Imari Timeless Tiger in public here on Blog, I thought we should go over the materials needed and the basics first.  I have needle felted a simple shape before, the orange flower centers on my Tapestry Fair Day of the Dead Halloween piece, Belleza.  The materials I used are described here.

I had no clue how to do this but it wasn't as hard as I had thought.  There are two things to keep in mind, however.  The needles used to needle felt are very sharp with barbs on the end.  Therefore, you have to needle felt carefully and choose a time when you aren't distracted or likely to be interrupted.  You DO NOT want to needle felt a finger!  The needles are also thin, so if you stab your wool roving at an angle instead of straight up and down, you are more likely to break the needle.

Here is how I needed felted in my first attempt.  Note that I needle felted onto a piece of wool felt, cut out the shape from the felt and appliquéd that onto canvas.  It worked very well for me, but for the Imari tiger, I plan to needle felt directly onto the canvas.    The photo above is a close up of one of my needle felted flowers, just to the right of her earrings.  It turned out very well.  The red-orange petals are beaded, by the way.

Next week we'll look at other examples of needle felting on needlepoint canvas and discuss some tips from the experts.  Until then, study the photos and video and start assembling your equipment if you have a canvas you'd like to needle felt.

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  1. I am really looking forward to learning more about this technique!

  2. Hi Jane! Our ANG chapter, Huntsville Big Spring in Huntsville, AL, is going to be starting down the needle felting trail in April. The VP for Programs and I are going to be talking about what needle felting is and giving a demonstration. I have a little rabbit design I will provide. I would love to be able to use some of your blog posts about this technique. Almost all of the chapter is completely new to this so I am sure your tips would be a great help. We would definitely give you credit and provide a link to your blogspot. Please let me know if using your tips is ok with you. And thanks for such great ideas.

  3. Hello, Sandra! I used to visit Huntsville a lot (I had friends there) in the 1990s before I moved much further away. I have great memories of the town. Of course you can use anything you wish from Blog to help your members learn needle felting. Print things out for handouts if you wish and provide links for folks to read more later if you wish. If there are any questions you have, please ask. I've done 3-4 small needle felting projects and I can always ask Sandy Arthur if I don't know. Sandy's the most experienced needle felting teacher I know and she will be happy to help out. Good luck and have fun--my best tip is to go slow and be patient. It's an easy technique but those needles are barbed and SHARP.