Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tutorial - Felting Needles

USING THE FELTING NEEDLE

I recently started needle felting with wool roving and found it to be extremely rewarding creating miniature dogs, bears and other animals. I also found the felting needle quite useful in my amigurumi. I use the felting needle to incorporate felt pieces to my amigurumi. For example, if you want a little red felt tongue for an amigurumi dog, you can use the felting needle to weave that felt piece into your amigurumi. Here’s how:

1. Cut the felt piece the exact size you need.
2. Position felt piece.
3. Use felting needle to adhere by using fast poking strokes.

The end result is clean, no stitch or glue marks.

Here are some examples:


Felt Mouse Ears:
1. Cut the felt ears exact size.
2. Position ears on mouse.
3. With felting needle, use quick strokes to poke the felt into the crocheted mouse.
The ears are attached and has a clean finish.

Doggie Tongue:
1. Cut the felt tongue exact size.
2. Position tongue on dog just below the nose.
3. With felting needle, use quick strokes to poke the felt into the crocheted dog.
The tongue is attached and has a clean finish.


Bear Foot Pads:
1. Cut two pieces of felt to fit the bottom of the foot.
2. Position felt piece on bottom of foot,
3. With felting needle, use quick strokes to poke the felt into the bottom of foot.
The felt is attached to the bottom of the bear’s foot and has a clean finish.



Position the felt piece on the bottom of the foot. With the felting needle, poke the felt into the bottom of the foot around the edges only. Use caution – needle is very, very sharp.


Continue “poking” the needle through the felt into the foot along the edges.
Follow same procedure for the other foot.



Felted pads complete.



Rag Doll Nose – The felt piece here was cut in a triangle and “felted” onto the head utilizing the felting needle. The finish is clean with no stitch marks or glue residue.


Try incorporating other uses for this remarkable little tool. You can purchase this tool anywhere they sell needle felting supplies. I purchased mine from:

Do a search under “needle felting” and you can see the felting needles and other accessories. They also sell protective plastic tubes to store your needles in. It is a small investment to give your amigurumi that special finish.


Protective Tubes for Felting Needles



Felting Needle
CAUTION: The felting needle is a super sharp barbed needle. Use with caution.

Happy Crocheting (And Crafting)!!
I have this tutorial available in PDF - If you would like, contact me and I will be more than happy to email you the PDF tutorial.

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10 comments:

Carl@ said...

I would love to receive tutorial pdf.
Thank you very much
My mail carlawilt@gmail.com

Linda Lanese said...

Hi Armina

I did an article about your Amigurumi Toys embellished with needle felting “Tutorial” on Craft Gossip Felting and hope you stop by and leave a comment at the following link.

http://felting.craftgossip.com/2009/02/22/amigurumi-toys-embellished-with-needle-felting-%e2%80%9ctutorial%e2%80%9d/

Regards,
Linda
Craft Gossip Felting

Armina said...

Thank you that was nice :-)

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for this post. I had no idea there was such a thing as a felting needle. It certainly is a huge improvement over sewing the felt onto amigurumi critters!
I will have to purchase some of those!

Armina said...

You are welcome - It really leaves a clean finish. I would love to see some of your work when you are done.

petrenkov said...

It was rather interesting for me to read this blog. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Sincerely yours
Timm Clade

Moonchild said...

Wow this is so cute! You have a very nice site.

Brea J. said...

Wow this is so helpful! I recently started needle felting and Did not realize I could use My needles to my advantage on my crocheted dolls! I will definetely be trying this soon! It saves me the trouble of sewing! Thanks again!
Brea J.

www.theamigurumigirl.blogspot.com

Armina said...

You are welcome - I love to share ideas that makes crafting easier!

Anonymous said...

Hi Armna. Thank you for your wonderful idea. When you "felt" onto t the amiguram crochet doll, do you glue or sew the piece? Thanks, Deb
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