I attended a needle felting workshop. Here’s how to make one of these wonderful little people.
Body, Head, Mouth, Eyes, Clothing
Form a piece of wool into a cone shape, and jab the wool with the felting needle, all over. Continue to push the needle in, working your way around the cone. Be very careful not to jab your fingers as the needles are very sharp..
Continue to work the needle around until the cone becomes quite hard. Leave the top centre a bit softer and form a bit of a dent into the top of the cone, as you will be needle felting the neck/head into this.
Take another piece of fleece and shape it into a small ball. Needle felt this all around until it is medium firm.
Take another piece of fleece and wrap it around the round ball, leaving the loose ends to form the neck.
Take another small piece of fleece and fold it 3 times in one direction and then fold it over. Felt this into place on the head, forming the nose.
Position the neck into the indentation in the top of the cone-shaped body. Needle felt the neck/head into place.
Making the Top Lip
Take a very small piece of fleece and needle felt a thin line down the centre
Lift the felted fleece carefully from the foam sheet and fold it in half
Needle felt the outside edge of the fold until it is quite firm
Place the Top Lip under the Nose
Holding your thumb under the lip, carefully needle felt the lip into place, feathering in the edges of the fleece.
Form a small ball place it under the top lip, and needle felt it into place.
Make the Bottom Lip the same way as the Top Lip
Needle felt the Bottom Lip into place, covering the chin and smoothing the edges into place.
Form The Cheeks
Take small pieces of fleece and shape them into cheeks and needle felt into place
Making the Eyes
Using white wool form small balls and needle felt the eyes into place
Add some black wool for the centre of the eyes and add a touch of white.
Now that you have the basic shapes made for the face, you can continue to needle felt it to define the desired shape and look of your needle felted doll. To design the clothing, needle felt small pieces of roving and shape these into skirts, pants, hats etc to clothe your doll. Add them to the doll and lightly needle felt them into place.
The felted little people:
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