|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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