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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 and 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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Feltmaking

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Needle Felting Books

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
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A quick and easy way to make your own needle felted Christmas decorations is to use a cookie cutter as a form. This is a good project if you are a beginner at needle felting. In order to do needle felting you will need a small piece of foam rubber or a pillow on which to work.

Needle Felted Ornaments
Needle Felted Ornaments

Needle Felt Santa
Needle Felted Santa

Place a thin layer of merino wool top onto the pillow – the approximate size of the decoration that you are going to make (running up and down)

Place another thin layer of wool roving on top of the previous layer, but running in the opposite direction (running across)

Place a third thin layer of wool roving on top of the other 2 layers, again running in the opposite direction from the previous layer (up and down), so that each layer is perpendicular to each other.

Turn the cookie cutter over and begin to needle felt the wool. You can use a general purpose or a fast felting needle for this.

Tuck all the edges of wool that are outside of the form, into the cookie cutter form.

Be sure to push the wool into the corners of the form so that the pattern has definition and felt the edges until they are quite firm.

When one side of the decoration has been partially felted, remove the form and turn the wool over and place it back into the form to felt the other side.

Once the decorations have been felted you can embellish them with sequins, beads, bits of yarn or embroidery stitching.

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Feltmaking Books

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How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

Kindle Feltmaking

Quick And Clever Felting
Kindle Edition
range of easy-to-follow techniques including needle felting, wet felting, fulling and using store-bought felt fabric are explored though projects such as jewelry, flower corsages, bags, slippers, cushions and more.
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Christmas Crafts and Patterns:

Christmas Weaving
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Make this handfelted oven mitt

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