Thursday, August 12, 2010

Needle Felting



I've been wanting to try needle felting for a while with my children. I had a hard time finding the proper needles in our city and finally ordered the supplies from Natural Pod. The set came with two needles, multiple balls of beautifully coloured wool and a foam block. We also had some extra wool that we bought at our local farmer's market. The felting needles are very sharp so I kept a close eye on both my six year old and five year old.




This is how we started our project. First they each picked out a cookie cutter. We placed the cookie cutter on top of the foam pad and filled it with wool about an inch thick.



They placed their fingers on the outside of the cookie cutter to hold it down. Then slowly and carefully they pushed the felting needle into the wool over and over again.



It takes quite a while to felt the wool but they were very patient. After the main shape was completed they put on their own little embellishments with smaller pieces of wool. They used the same technique and kept the cookie cutter around the wool at all times. This helps to protect their little fingers.


My children decided to make Christmas ornaments for family members. I think we will add a string to all their creations so they can be hung on a Christmas tree. They needle felted for a long time and asked if they could do it again tomorrow. Here are the wonderful ornaments we ended up with.



This time I wanted to watch them but next time I think I'll join in the fun. I felt inspired after visiting this lovely needle felting website.


6 comments:

  1. Wowza! Those look great! And what a wonderful thing to do - Christmas ornaments! You're so inspiring!

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  2. they are gorgeous!! Looks like fun!

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  3. Those ornaments are cute! I love needle felting. I need to get some more wool though.

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  4. Hi Valerie, Many thanks for stopping by my needle felting blog, you are kind to enjoy my creations, I just love needle felting,the children's creations are just lovely. Love and light Marie

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  5. they look great. i started doing this with my kids and we're going to make ornaments. I just picked up 2 gingerbread cookie cutters.
    you could also make a mobile!
    thanks for sharing

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  6. Your hike looked amazing. Breathtaking views. Your photos were so beautiful. It's wonderful to connect children with nature. My children have been collecting pine cones to... we are presently doing a 3 month road trip, heading towards Colorado!

    I love your needle felting, My children love to do it, especially my 4 year old.

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