Needle Felted Dolls

How to needle felt little people

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I attended a needle felting workshop. Here’s how to make one of these wonderful little people.

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Needle Felting
The Parts:
Fleece
Body, Head, Mouth, Eyes, Clothing

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The Body

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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.
The Head
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.

The Nose
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.

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Making the Top Lip

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Take a very small piece of fleece and needle felt a thin line down the centre

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Top Lip

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

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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.

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The Chin
Form a small ball place it under the top lip, and needle felt it into place.

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Bottom Lip
Make the Bottom Lip the same way as the Top Lip

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Needle felt the Bottom Lip into place, covering the chin and smoothing the edges into place.

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Form The Cheeks

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Take small pieces of fleece and shape them into cheeks and needle felt into place

The Eyes

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Making the Eyes
Using white wool form small balls and needle felt the eyes into place

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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 todefine 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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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi