Thursday, 15 October 2009

Needle Felting a Robin

Here is my second attempt at needle felting, I'm not sure what the proper technique is but all I did was keep on stabbing the wool with a felting needle as I wrapped it round into a vaguely robin-like shape. Felting needles are so, so sharp with tiny barbs at the end which push the wool fibres through each other on the down-stroke, anchoring the fibres together. I have wet-felted balls before which have turned out very densely packed. For the robin though I didn't think he had to be so dense, so stopped stabbing him when he felt firm but still with a bit of give. I shaped the beak and wings by needle-felting tufts of wool, then firmly needled them onto his face and sides. I then just wetted and slightly felted his outside layer to smooth the surface a bit, and finished him with two beady black eyes. He is about 6cm tall and keeps falling onto his beak as I didn't shape his base quite flat enough, but I've already started to make some more. I only stabbed myself twice, which I was quite pleased with as I'm fairly clumsy.

4 comments:

  1. Have just found your blog and thought I'd say hello. Love your little felted robin. I dabble at most crafts and run a sewing business from home. My latest 'toy' is an embellisher and I just love the effects you can get by felting all sorts together. I'm pretty new to blogging but you are welcome to drop in to my blog to say hello. A x

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  2. Thank you for saying hello!! I'm very new to blogging and still working out how to do all the technical things, which may mean I don't even post this in the right place! I've heard of embellishers but haven't investigated yet, I love your felt pieces on your blog, really nice colours and designs. L x

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  3. oohhh I have fallen in love with this little robin - he is sooo cute!!

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  4. Your Robin is sooo cute ! Marion x

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