Well the kids have gone back to school and, if the temperature is anything to go by, summer is definitely over (boo hoo!) but one really good thing about this time of year is that it's crafting season (yay!). With the changing weather and the nights drawing in you no longer have to find excuses or justify time spent playing with your craft stash! And, of course, it won't be long before we start to see those beautiful and inspirational autumn colours and that pre-Christmas excitement will start to gain momentum (especially with the kids - both small and big!).
But before I get into Christmas mode proper I'm preparing for the new Efco needle felting show on Ideal World's Create and Craft on 21st September. So here's a little taster of what you can create with a polystyrene ball and egg, some of Efco's superfine merino wool fibre and embossed wire and a felting needle...
70mm Polystyrene Ball
120mm Polystyrene Egg
Black/White Mix Merino Wool Fibre
Needle Felting Tool (Medium needle)
Black Embossed Wire
Large Sewing Needle
(All materials available from Efco)
|1. Use a craft knife to carve a chunk out of the polystyrene ball. |
The aim is to get the ball to sit neatly on the pointed end of the egg.
|2. Cover the egg with grey wool, needling it to adhere it to the polystyrene.|
|3. Then pop the carved polystyrene ball onto the pointed end. |
(Optional - you can use a little PVA glue to help hold it in position if you find it easier when it comes to continuing to felt.)
|6. Needle the upper ends of the wings onto the egg and ball body, making sure they are firmly attached.|
|7. Needle black wool to create the face. This needs to cover almost half of the ball, ranging from the edge of one wing to the edge of the other.|
|8. Needle some white wool over the top of the black, leaving two little holes for the eyes and the area down the centre for the nose (see photo).|
|9. Take a short length of wire and fold it in two, squeezing the folded end tightly. Bend the folded end over slightly to create the end of the beak.|
|11. Wrap a small piece of black wool around the base of the beak and lightly felt it into position, leaving the tip of the wire exposed.|
And here's an idea of what else you will be able to create with the kits that will be on the show...
|Floral Felt Bag|
|Owl iPad Case|
So as you can see you can create all sorts of things with the needle felting technique, including unique Christmas decorations. Project sheets for all the felted animals will be coming soon. However, if you'd like to know how the other items were created just click on them to be taken to the correct page for the step by step instructions.
Happy Crafting Season!