Have you ever tried making your own doll? ..WHY NOT?!
So, a while ago I’ve made the little teddy bear for Mother’s Day. It was my first time felting, and I literally gave up after an hour because it was to difficult. The funny thing was, I was doing it wrong THE WHOLE TIME! argh~~~~…kill me~~.
Long story short, I should’ve read the instructions. It’s really fun, and super easy once you got the hang of it.
In a nutshell, felting or whatever you want to call it, is when your taking strips of un-spun wool, and taking a sharp needle that got little rigidity edges along it, and stab into the wool of fluff.
Mainly, I like to use this project for making little dolls and stuff.
They’re super cute and you can definitely make it special for whom ever your making it for.I hope you do give this a try, I’m sure you wont regret it!.
I plan to put up a full instruction for teddy bear or something similar in the future.For now, this is the basic steps you need to learn before you start a felting project.
I’ve included some tips to help make some process a little easier, which I’ve found useful.
- Felting mat
- Felting needle
- Needle spool (optional)
NOTE: Although, no glue is necessary, fabric glue is ideal for attaching eyes or other parts onto the body ( example: bear, display pic).
Start forming the ball by poking it continuously. I recommend starting with the sides,where you can kind of see the rolls.
Stab the sides until it becomes smooth, and more defined.
NOTE: How soft the ball should be is up to you. I like to make mines a bit firm because it feels more secure and wont go out of shape.
Needle felting is like sculpting. Make sure to give attention to ALL sides and angles (front, back, left, right,up, down), and
not focus on just one area.
Continuously, poke the needle at a slight angle and pierce the needle from one ball to the next.
The threads will bind together and secure the pieces in place.
For areas like, nose and mouth you would use this method. Any area where you want to add a bit of color like, cheeks. Just remember to start with less amount of wool at a time.
Save some time by making a bunch of little balls, and combine them later for the body/and/head.
I forgot, This is the back of that bear.