To accomplish a successful Needle Felted project, you will need to stab wool with felting (sharp) needles (over and over) for a long time.
The most important part about felting with needles, is how you use the needles.
Needle too hard… it may become overly difficult to complete or achieve a pleasing finished effect. The wool can dimple deeply or can misshapen beyond repair. Sometimes the item can become hollow & squishy (if this happens -reclaim – cut open & stuff with roving (and a bell if you want to have it jingle) then needle closed & finish.
Needle too softly… the integrity of the item could be gooey or lump, consistency is important if you choose to needle something super softly. The gentle stab is usually used at the very end as a finishing technique.
A method to needle felting is about process. 1st step: secure the fibre into shape (or into place) this may involve a few deep strong stabs, brushing the fibres into place, followed by more deep to moderate depth stabbing. 2nd step: create a rhythm to your stabs, going moderately deep towards stabbing closer to the surface, using directional patterns to create effects. 3rd step: finishing stabbing (may require changing the needle to a fine gauge) small little stabs that just break the surface, going in circles if working on 3D (creates surface tension) or in directional lines if working on 2D.
Layering your fibres and building “Up” by needle felting can create a strong felted creation that can hold artistic expression. Especially when building 3D form & expression with facial features built on a solid base. (if it is soft – features will move around).
Practice & Keep Felting.
About the Wool: The Fibre can act differently depending on the origins of the wool (the type of sheep it came from) and where the fibre came from off the sheep.
When “Needle Felting” try to separate into thin “sheets” & layer the wool loosely in a cross-hatching way before applying. This helps to avoid bulky clumping, difficult & inconsistent coverage while building 3D fibre art.
Keep your supportive hand safe from being stabbed, & have fun!
Hands-on workshop bookings are available: text (250)-551-2115 or email amazingfeltedfibrearts (at) gmail.com
My love for color and fibre combined into working with Mandala designs again. Inspired by folk art and bold color combinations of some tribal arts, this design was my top pick to showcase in my spring / summer 2018 workshop series. The 2D fibre painting teaches layering and color selection techniques specific to needle felting wool.
Needle Felting Fibre Art in 2D is also called “wool painting” or “fibre painting”. This is a dry method of felting fibre into art, using special needles and a good background made of felted wool (pre-felt) or a fibre based material that has proven to “take” the wool in a pleasing way as you punch it down into place.
Two most important things when needle felting 2D art to remember:
- Less is more when layering the fibres so as to not bulk up too much in one spot.
- Much like when coloring with pencil crayons, the direction used when laying down the colors (fibre), and the force behind the stabbing if too hard or too soft, will all be visible and can be used to create “flow” “texture” and “pleasing” elements to the finished art. If you do not like something you have done…. you can take it off!
To book me for a needle felting art workshop, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bunny teaches “Ball Building Technology”, the tricks behind “attaching appendages”, and how to create the “CUTENESS” with simple facial expression. This project lesson is great for all levels of needle felting artists, from beginners to advanced. Hours needed to complete the project is between 3-23 hours, depending on your level of personal expectations & skill level.
The Cute Little Bunny looks easy, however there are many parts that make a whole. The instructions are designed to take the “felter” through a series of steps that create this solid, cute, and soft to the touch Bunny.
Emphasis is on building solid form and tight surface tension by way of needle felting wool fibre, for a smooth long lasting finish. Wool naturally wants to undo itself from being tangled, the tighter the core, the easier it will be to needle on the other parts and face features.
Needle Felting 3D sculptures can take a very long time. This project teaches patience, and allows for the meditative experience to unfold as each part of the bunny is created with various “aha moments” and the final satisfaction as the final touches create expression and balance.
Needle Felting wool into 3D sculpture can be as much meditative as it is rewarding.
As with much in the creative world, when learning a new skill, your level of success will involve the understanding of the medium used, the tools with which you sculpt with, along with much practice and patience.
Needle Felting 3D sculpture involves a layering process, and much preparing before hand. Best results are found when the wool is prepared, meaning that the fibres are separated and cross-hatched to ensure even distribution, and ease in needling.
If the fibre is not prepared, the results can be “clumpy” “hollow” “scary” and “impossible to complete”. The great thing about wool, we can always start again.
If this is happening to you, consider your preparation of the wool before judging your ability to needle felt successfully.
3D sculpting by way of needle felting wool has proven to me, to be the most approachable and easy to grasp artistic medium by all ages and levels of interest (belief in ones own creativity). Often, there are a few people in each class who believe they have no creative abilities. Such people forget their proclamation within the first hour of needle felting a 3D sculpture, they become engrossed in the process, and in the end create something equal to their classmates, with excitement stating that they are hooked and look forward to more.
My particular style of needle felting incorporates traditional fine art techniques involved in the type of sculpture that is commonly known as “building”, for the 3D form is created by adding more (wool) instead of taking away (like “wood carving” or “metal pouring”).