Needle Felting For Beginners, Making a Felt Animal Head Ornament. | Lindsay Buck | Skillshare

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Needle Felting For Beginners, Making a Felt Animal Head Ornament.

teacher avatar Lindsay Buck, Designer and Maker.

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11 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction- What Is This Course About?

      0:35
    • 2. Equipment- What Basic Tools Do I Need?

      2:07
    • 3. Wool- What Wools Are Best For This Project?

      0:36
    • 4. Getting Started - How To Begin Needle Felting.

      2:01
    • 5. Basic Shape - Creating The Basic Head Shape.

      0:56
    • 6. Adding Features - Beginning To Create Your Animal.

      4:19
    • 7. Adding The Nose

      2:15
    • 8. Character Details - How To Add Character To Your Animal.

      6:06
    • 9. Adding The Eyes

      2:14
    • 10. Adding Other Details

      8:04
    • 11. Finishing Off - Completing Your Animal and How To Display.

      4:23
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In this class you will be introduced to the basics of needle felting and experience how easy it is to come up with pleasing results very quickly. You will be shown how to build up a surface using coloured wool tops and how to mould and shape by building up layers. Using simple techniques you will be able to create a characterful woodland animal head decoration of your choice, add details such as noses, eyes and ears and use different shades to develop tones and highlights. Ideal for a beginner or those seeking a fun felt project to try out.



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1. Introduction- What Is This Course About?: Hello there. I'm Lindsay from the UK on I am a designer maker. I'm a textile specialist and I'm a teacher, and I'm here to show you how to make a needle felted woodland character using some very basic needle felt in techniques on relatively new to needle felt ing myself. But I wanted to possum what I've learned so far and just show you how easy it is to create characters a little bit like this Fox. Or perhaps you want to do a little rain day, which is very popular Christmas or a badger. 2. Equipment- What Basic Tools Do I Need?: first thing I want to do is to go through some equipment that you're going to need to actually make your character. Basically, needle felt thing is using one of these, which is a barbed needle repeatedly stabbing it into wool fabric. Andi, because it's above needle on the wall, has very fine strands. It actually mix it together to create, um three D shape. You end up with a really interesting material. So you've got barbed needle now you can use that only Rome, but I find it easier to use Ah, holding that you can get a simple holder like this, which you can say is just a wooden handle. And it fits into little plug like that. And then it holds it like that. What I prefer is this type of one which is actually held like a pen and unscrew shoes. And there is holes for full needles, as you can Very um, how many needles you use? This one. I'm just using one and you spur in and it's very easy to work with. You're also going to meet belting, Matt. Oh, a brush like this. I prefer this one. It kind of takes lots and lots of goes at it before you have to replace it because you need to press down something on the other thing that you need. He's full. So I've got lots of lots of different colors, and this is what we're going to use to create. 3. Wool- What Wools Are Best For This Project?: There are lots of different types of wool and colors that you can get for your project, but you're better off getting the course of wall because thes scales on the fibers of the wall are coarser on. Then the barbs in the needle will pick them up. And I've got some orange here. You can get memory, no wool, which is very soft and silky, but because it is soft, you haven't got as many of the scales on. It doesn't felt as well, but you can use that together with the course of war. 4. Getting Started - How To Begin Needle Felting.: first thing that you need to do is to judge how much will that you are going to need to create your character? You could always add more. Don't worry. If you don't think that you've got enough, you can always add more. The next thing that I do is I start by just loosely folding the wool into triangular shape doesn't have to be a straight triangle, but if you see I've folded it over Andi, these bits are going to be forming the ears, and this is where the nose comes and then place it on the melting Matt. So it's like so at the moment, it actually doesn't really look like anything on. What you need to do is you lay it down on your felt ing mats and whether that be a brush like this, or you can get phone pads or you can get other polystyrene barriers. The first thing that you need to do it to get your needle felt in tool Andi just start repeatedly into the wall that you've shaped on, and what's going to happen is the fibers are going to knit together and you're going to end up with a flat piece of fabric. Now you have to keep going at it. It takes quite a long time. I find it quite therapeutic, actually. And I'm sure that you don't want me to show you in real time how long it actually takes. So you can see that I've started and you can see where the needle is going in. And you can see that it started to create a flat fabric, so just keep going. 5. Basic Shape - Creating The Basic Head Shape.: So I've been working on this for about 10 minutes, and you can see how much that has changed. It's got quite flat now. You need to keep refining it. Don't be afraid to keep going over and over and over on. Do using your needle felt ing tool on both sides. You can turn it over because you want to create a uniform surface. So you few concerning a little bits that that, like phones or tucks, just keep flouncing away. Andi, it will smooth out. Now it's up to you whether you want to make it more like a caricature or to look realistic . Now I've decided to make the is a little bit more exaggerated. Andi, we're gonna add the nose. Andi, I'm going to make it a little bit more kind of cartoon like 6. Adding Features - Beginning To Create Your Animal.: So the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to look at these white bits on the side of the face. If you think about Fox and they have those white bits on the side of the face, What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use some of the white merino wool for this. So, as you can see, I've just got this kind of semi circle shape on the side of the face and I'm going to start to use my tool in and out to go round in that semi circle to join the two pieces together. Don't worry if it looks so big at the moment, because you can actually adjust the size, but you want it to bay Really felt it together. So it's really strong. You can see just with a few stabs. I've done it like that and you can see it is, um, together, right? So it's coming together. Be careful with your fingers. Okay. When you go around like this, make sure that your fingers are away from the needle and also don't turn it over and then go over this bit here because you'll get a line of orange coming through onto the white. So I'm just keeping it on this side and I'm just fencing it in one to the side. People going keep going And it's like that. Next thing I'm going to do is to create the shape off the cheek on this side on. I folded it over on the back and I'm gonna turn it on the back. But I'm gonna be careful not to go through the orange part and just felt on the white marina Will Andi, you're going to need to go this for a little while to get the shape that you want. Once you happy with that, you're going to need to repeat the same process for the other side of the face. - So it's taken me a good half an hour to get to this point where I've got to solids and I'm still working on trying to get them. Even now you're gonna notice there is a little bit off the orange ball coming through. But that's fine because we can have a little bit more of the cream and the white over the top as we go. Some walls take a little bit longer than others to shape, and you're going to find that you're gonna go different places. So please don't worry. If you seem to be doing something for a long time on its only slowly going into shape, you can work on felt in pieces for hours and hours and hours and just show you this really quickly so you can get on as you can see as I'm shaping it. I'm going. I'm trying to make it more three day and I'm going into the sides like this on the more I do this, the more shape that it gets. You see, I'm going into the side, turning it round and going in what way? I'm going to talk into the orange on around the edge. So it all melons together. 7. Adding The Nose: The next thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to make the white tip of the nose. And as you can see, I've started just with some more of the white wool on. I'm going to try and create a loose circle shape. So I'm just gonna flatten some of the fibers and I'm gonna go around in a circular motion. I'm gonna tuck some of the fibers in, folded over and keep going until one thing that I've got my slightly rounded shape. All of these loose fibres here I'm coming really useful because they could be used to attach it to the main body or the main face, I should say of the Fox wanted to attach it to the orange part of the nose. It's still looking rather large at the moment. In fact, I think this one is turning out to be even more of a caricature than the one I showed you at the beginning. So I'm going to carry on. Just felt ing around this and attaching it to the back, and that's gonna probably take half an hour. Also again by now. You should have got quite a nice little I don't figure here with the side bits. Shapes of the ears on the nose has been attached. Now you're gonna notice if I put that down, It's looking slightly more three day. So what you do is you fold over and then using your felt ing needles, you felt carefully just stuff on down this little bit here, which creates a very three D effect. So it binds together in that you don't want it completely together, but it makes a really nice effect, so they they can see okay, so slightly, three day. 8. Character Details - How To Add Character To Your Animal.: so now at the stage where we can act a little bit more character. Andi, we're going to start with the nose, which you can see that I'm going to put on there. Now. I've got a smaller amount off wool, and I've just made a very loose kind of circular shape. I'm gonna do a little bit felt ing before I attach it. So I'm gonna go in with my felt in needle very carefully because this is a small bet and you don't want to go stabbing your fingers. Andi, you can see I've created very quickly, actually, the circular shape so bit of a mess at the moment. But it will come together and again. I'm gonna fold in making it smaller all the time. Just gathering those sort of stray. It's a fiber into the middle, melting it together, making it a little bit more solid tending it rhymed a little bit like that until I'm happy with shape of the nose and what I'm gonna do next, just make sure that it's not too big. Remember when you're going to felt it on we go, um, that it does get a little bit smaller. So I'm gonna put that the end of the knows, I'm gonna start felt again to that white tip that we have created. Now, this really shouldn't actually take that long. I'm gonna go quite fast. I'm trying to get rid of all the stray bits of fiber. All the strands that make it let a little bit messy so you can see I've done one side and you can shape it by just going on and the I side now because I made it into a sort of little bull shape. It's actually looking a little bit three day itself. If you can see some gonna start the other side, carry on, felt ing. Just get rid of all of those strands over the top on around like that. I'm just going to keep going until I am happy with shape on the structure with the nose. That's what I got at the moment. Just to finish that off, I'm gonna go around really slowly and focus on some of the smaller strands. I'm just trying Teoh push them into the rest of the fox so you don't get along this sort of messy bits off wolf showing. So it more slowly, bit more measured, really trying to focus in where you are putting it. And you start to get a nice line all the way around. Go like that. Now, the other thing that I'm gonna put on is, um, little bit for its mouth on for this, I'm only going to use just a very small strand of wool. I folded it. I've kind of rolled it like that. I'm going to put it so it comes from underneath the nose. What I have overlapped it a little bit. So we don't get the line. And I'm just something very carefully. You can see it's sort of bunched up a bit if I then twist it and then go back Felt again, you see, so that, like, he's going to start at the moment. Andi. Now I've got that line and I like where it's sitting. I can needing it up. You can actually put it so it goes underneath and it's almost like you're creating the mouth pushing in that you actually create that little bit that goes under there, um, night to make it even more secure. I've turned over and I'm just propane laugh. It into the back and these best friends you can I will show you actually had to cut from the TriNet right at the end. So I I've secured it. Come back, friend. And do you go a little knife, hoping that everybody is looking a little bit like that? No, please don't worry. It's not looking the same or it has a different character or a slightly different shape because everyone I make is very different, and everybody wants to kind of create their own different character. So that's what's so so much fun about needle felt Thing is that you can actually create the kind of things that you want to create and put your own spin on them. 9. Adding The Eyes: we're gonna do is we're going to add some eyes. Now. Some people like to use beats. Some people like to use, like, proper on googly eyes or something like that. But I like to use the same felt that we're doing for the rest of the fox. So what I've got is tiny little bit off white, and I've wrote that into a ball, and I'm going to roughly guess where I want to put the I somewhere about there, and I'm going to felt that I've added to got two eyes on there looking at it. Now I can see that it's that's kind of slightly wonky, so I will work on that a little bit more. Um, you can kind of work at the eyes and get this shape. Whatever you want. Remember that I'm creating character if you want to make it a little more life. Like you could look at Fox's eyes for Riel and see what they look like. But my slightly more cartoony. So now we're really on the home straight, actually adding all the details on all the little bits that you want to add in. I find Cem full of different color. So I've done just a line going round each cheek, and then I want to add the little eyes in there. Okay, so I'm gonna use black for that on. I've got a little bit, which I'm rolling into. Just a little bowl, Okay? And if you want to give the expression of the face, I'm going to add it. Sort of at the bottom of the white of the eye on on. Just going to very gently pop it in place. Obviously, you're going to need to Andi, you can make it is smaller, as large as you want to on. You can create different expressions that could be looking down or up or cross. Or he could look happy or sad. It is really up to you, so you can see I've added one and I'm gonna at the other one in the other 10. Adding Other Details: periods so far with his eyes in Now it's up to you now. Whatever do tells you want to add, I think I'm going to put something in the years and I've got this really nice kind of lighter orange which I'm just gonna shape again into, like, the inside of an air. And I am just going to add that and of course you're going to need to I have said it before . I will just say it again that allow the steps that I'm showing you. I have speed it up because I want to show you in simple steps what to do so you can take as long as you want, actually creating what you want from your animal. So I'm gonna do one of those is either side and then I'm going today I shall do the fast. I will show you the fast here, and then I'm gonna put a little shine on the nose just to show where it's reflecting the light. Or imagine where it's reflecting the light. So the first is shape, is there? I have another little going that actually, and make it a little bit more sort of end. So it looks like this area sort of coming around the outside. I'm gonna get a piece of white again, roll it into it's between my thumb and full finger Just roll it around Think about way Would want the shine on the nose on Just going Teoh very carefully. Doesn't want to be too big She is try and that that little shine to the top of the nice turning it again Just get into whatever position you feel comfortable with Just allow those individuals friends it in I'm going to take a little bit of time Just getting the shape I want I just managed to staff myself there That is one of the occupants of occupational hazards of working with fell. Just be very careful to keep your fingers away. I'm gonna go back to the year because I wasn't quite happy with that. So the more that you use your felt ing needle to go even around different areas, the more compact it's going to get. So if you want something that's gonna be really, really so two raised up, then you need to go over that section again and again and again and again. I'm gonna go away in the second dear we're gonna do is we're going to add some eyes. Now some people like to use beats. Some people like to use, like, proper googly eyes or something like that. But I like to use the same felt that we're doing for the rest of the fox. So what I've got is tiny little bit off white and I've rolled into a ball and I'm going to roughly guess where I want to put the I somewhere about there, and I'm going to felt that. So here it is, so far with his eyes in now it's up to you now. Whatever do tells you want to add, I think I'm going to put something in the years and I've got this really nice kind of lighter orange, which I'm just gonna shape again into, like, the inside of a year, and I m g s going to at that. And of course, you're going to need to No, I have said it before, and I will just say it again, that all the steps that I'm showing you, I have speed it up because I want to show you in simple steps like two days so you can take as long as you want, actually creating what you want from fuel carnival. So I'm gonna do one of those is either solid and then, well, I'm going today. She'll do the fast. What will show you the first here. And then I'm gonna put a little shine of the nose just to show where is reflecting the light. Or imagine where it's reflecting the light so fast in shape is that why have another little go it that actually and make it a little bit more sort of in. So it looks like this area sort of coming around the outside. But I'm gonna get a piece of white again, Roll it into just between my thumb and full finger. Just roll it mind. Think about way would want the shine on the nose. And I just got Teoh. Then every very carefully I want to be too big. She is trying in that little shine to the top of the nice, turning it again. Just get into whatever position you feel comfortable with. Just allow those individuals strains, health it in how I'm going to take a little bit time just getting the shape, but I won't. I just managed to staff myself there. That is one of the occupant of occupational hazards. Is working with fell. Just be very careful to keep you fingers away. I'm gonna go back to the year because I wasn't quite happy with that. So the more that you use your felt thing needle to go in around different areas, the more compact it's going to get. So if you want something that's gonna be really, really so you've raised up, then you need to go over that section again and again and again and again, you know, I'm gonna go away. And on the second day up, 11. Finishing Off - Completing Your Animal and How To Display.: circle those features in there. I've got a little shine on the nose of Put the two allies not to is in What I would do now really is go away on spend quite a lot of time going over every single area that I've gotten refining and really get in the shape I want on developing the character even further . Right? You can see here that the guys a little bit big on one side so I would spend some time looking that little bit more oval. Andi, you just need to spend the time refining it. Um, so for the I, I go round with my film thing Needle she asked, pushing gently. So the shape starts to alter. Keep turning it around. So you're looking at it from all angles. I don't mind a little bit punking us because I think that gives it character. But some people might prefer it to be absolutely symmetrical. So you can see that I've changed a little bit, is getting there. I've set quite a few times that it takes time to do this when you well and truly happy with shape that you've got when you don't think that you can do any more. Um, what you can do is to use a pair of scissors, go around and trim all the areas of excess fibers that you say because it is going to get quite Harry. And you might want to just smoothed down that silhouette. Now, I'm just using a normal pair of scissors, but you can get these will snips, which means that you can get really into some of the areas that you wouldn't with a normal pair of scissors, and you can actually do the surface as well. So you look just on the top there so you can get rid of all of the excess on the bits that you don't want. I like a little bit of the herring us there because I think it just shows you the material that you've actually been using The last thing to dio on. If you look at all of these, they originally made to go on a Christmas tree that you can use in this ornaments at any time is to just put Cem do twine or anything else that you want on, and the fabric that you've created by doing the felt ing can withstand. That's quite brutal. But you can push pair of scissors through. Just be very careful. Health and safety. You might want to do it. So it's actually on some. Think I'm cut yourself off length off twine, Andi, you can push it through. So, actually, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use the edge of the sisters just to push through. You decide. Just catch it from the other side. Keep pullin. Just shows you how robust the felt ing really is. Se doesn't come right? Do loop. And three Andi, you have the folks that would be ready to be hung up anywhere Now. I think I might go actually and work on that a little bit. Mawr He's looking slightly lopsided, but I think quite full of character.